McCandeless/Northern Allegheny Heritage Center Opening
A grand opening for the McCandless/Northern Allegheny Heritage Center will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 1 to 4 p.m.
The event will begin with a brief ceremony. The public and all those who helped build the center are invited to attend. Additionally, WQED’s Rick Sebak graciously accepted an invitation to participate. Light refreshments will be served.
The heritage center (operated by the Town of McCandless) provides a new home for local historian Joe Bullick’s collection, which used to take refuge inside McKnight Elementary School. The collection contains hundreds of household items, farm equipment, military and sports uniforms, photographs, maps, yearbooks and lots of other regional items and documents primarily from the first half of the 20th century. Being that May 20 is Armed Forces Day, there will be several military displays for the opening.
The building is a replica one-room schoolhouse designed by Ralph Sterzinger of RSSC Architecture. A groundbreaking took place in September 2014. Dozens of local contractors donated services for the construction of the building. Members of the Town’s Public Works crew were assisted by students at the A.W. Beattie Career Center
The heritage center is located at 830 Pump House Lane (off Grubbs Road between McCandless Town Hall and the McCandless-Franklin Park Ambulance Authority). Parking will be available at the top of Pump House Lane.
Once open, the center’s normal operating hours will be Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.