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Redbank Valley Historical Society


Redbank Renaissance, Inc. is now working with the Redbank Valley Historical Society. The Society welcomes new members and contributors to help preserve area history.

The 2016 Spring and Fall programs will focus on the impact of World War II on the homefront and the soldiers who fought. See our Facebook page for more information.

The 2015 programs focused on the Civil War.

One ultimate goal is to publish a book updating and documenting the history of the Redbank Valley since the 1887 A.J. Davis History of Clarion County and an Armstrong County History of the same era. But in the meantime, we are producing a Voices from The Valley series of books on various topics. The first is a book, more than a year and a half in the making, on the impact of the U.S. Civil War on Redbank Valley residents which will be available at upcoming events and on the website, while supplies last. It includes historical and genealogical information on more than 665 veterans, the regiments in which they served, the battles in which the regiments were involved and the cemeteries in which veterans are buried. To purchase a copy of the book, The U.S. Civil War (1861-1865) and its Impact on Residents of the Redbank Valley – Armstrong and Clarion Counties, PA, use the PayPal RVHS Donation button below at a cost of $30 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.

The second is a book by Don Shilling on the History of the Low Grade Railroad corridor that is now the Redbank Valley Trail. This book is available while supplies last at $25 including shipping by following the same procedure as above for the Civil War book.

The third will be the reprint of The Leader-Vindicator articles by Co-Publisher Tom Andrews on the history of the New Bethlehem business district.

You can also pick up a copy at upcoming events, email us here at redbankren.org or call 814-365-5023 to reserve a copy.

The Society presents programs of historical interest usually twice each year in the Spring and Fall. Past programs have included these topics: Fishbasket Native American Villages, Ribbons of Steel – The Impact of the Allegheny Valley Rail Road, a Story to Tell: A Photographic Retrospective of the Redbank Valley, Scripture Rocks of Brookville, and programs on this area’s involvement in the Civil War including a presentation by Lincoln re-enactor Jim McCullough and information about Congressional Medal of Honor winner Jeremiah Brown. Members are also assisting others with research on their Civil War ancestors.

Thanks to all who presented stories of their Civil War ancestors on October 23rd, 2014 and all those who attended the program. A Spring 2015 program included a program on the Civilian Conservation Corps. We welcome suggestions for topics.

Members enjoy outings to sites of interest and meet regularly on the first Tuesday of each month at 10 AM at the New Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, unless otherwise announced.

For more information on the society click here.

The Redbank Valley Historical Society's 2014 through 2016 Inaugural Calendars are now available for $8.00 plus $3.00 shipping and handling using the RVHS donation button below. They are also available at area events and from members. All include some then and now photos, lots of historic information and locally and nationally historic dates on each month of the calendar. They make great gifts for those who love the area and its history. Proceeds benefit the Historic Society’s efforts to publish a book on Redbank Valley history and present other books and programs of interest. For more information see Historical Society Calendar.

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Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Projects for 2016

See Our Video: Welcome to New Bethlehem and the Redbank Valley!
Click Here for Video

Community, Creek, and Trail Clean Up Day
Thanks to all who participated in the 12th Annual Redbank Renaissance Community Clean Up on Saturday, April 23rd!

Call 814-275-1718 or email redbankren@comcast.net for more info.

Day of Giving
We'll be participating in the Armstrong Day of Giving on May 12th, 2016 when your donations are matched on a percentage basis to make your donations go farther, 17 - 24% farther in past years, thanks to the match sponsors. Northwest Savings Bank, Redbank Valley Library and RV Community Center are again serving as our donation locations. You can drop off your donations any time before 2 PM on May 12th or click here for more info and other ways to donate. New this year please make your check payable to Redbank Renaissance, Inc. and any particular project, like Garden Keepers or RV Historical Society, etc. in the memo line. Thanks for your consideration!

Sponsors of the Armstrong Day of Giving this year are the Richard G. Snyder YMCA Campus and Nextier Bank in Kittanning. For details on how to participate, please see the flyer above or visit www.rgsymca.org

Arts & Crafts Show - Dec 3rd, 2016
Registration Form

To Reserve a Table:

Facade and Sign Grant Program
Applications are still being accepted. See the following application form for our new bike rack matching grant program.
Application Form

Redbank Valley Trails Information
Click here for info

Groups looking for local mission projects and community service work are welcome to call 814-275-1718 or scmateer1@comcast.net for possible coordination of future projects.

2016 Initiatives

Welcome Signs will soon be landscaped at the High School and South Bethlehem side of the bridge

First Fridays in the Park has been discontinued for 2016.

Trail Town Planning with New Bethlehem Borough

PA Wilds Initiative
Visit Trail Town page above for details

High School Students:
Need an idea for a graduation project that will benefit both you and the community? Consider volunteering for an area organization to complete a project they need. For more info:
Click Here!

Area Information
Click here for a printable brochure
listing major events, restaurants, business opportunities and trail information in the New Bethlehem and Redbank Valley area.

More Info on Fundraisers and Events






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