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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.

Our Fall 2015 program continues our focus on the Civil War with an encampment reenactment at Redbank Valley Municipal Park between 10 AM and 6 PM on Saturday, September 26th, 2015. Click here for more information.

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. The second is the reprint of The Leader-Vindicator articles by Co-Publisher Tom Andrews on the history of the New Bethlehem business district. 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. You can also pick up a copy at upcoming events, email redbankren.com or call 814-365-5023 to reserve a copy. After Sept. 26th, copies may be available while supplies last at Evermoore’s Restaurant at their new 341 Broad Street location, at the Redbank Valley Public Library and at Tom’s Riverside.

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 2016 Inaugural Calendar is now available for $12.00 featuring newly discovered photos at area events, from members, at EverMoore’s, the Redbank Valley Library and Tom’s Riverside Market. They can also be ordered online for $15.00 including shipping and handling via the website. A limited number of 2014 and 2015 Calendars remain available at a cost of $8.00 each, plus $3.00 each shipping and handling, to complete the series. 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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Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Projects for 2015

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 11th Annual Redbank Renaissance Community Clean Up on Saturday, April 25th!

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

Day of Giving
We'll be participating in the Community Foundation 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 4 PM on May 12th or click here for more info and other ways to donate. Remember to make your check payable to the Community Foundation with RRI and any particular project, like Garden Keepers or RV Historical Society, First Fridays, etc. in the memo line. Thanks for your consideration!

Armstrong Community Foundation has changed its name to the Community Foundation to better reflect the wider area that it serves. The Community Foundation website is now www.servingtheheart.org.

Arts & Crafts Show - Dec 5th, 2015
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.

2014-2015 Initiatives

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

First Fridays in the Park
Enjoy music and food in Gumtown Park on 1st Fridays in June through September starting at 6:30pm

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
This brochure was made possible with funding in part from the PA Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau as a Clarion County Hotel Tax Project.
Click here for printable brochure

This brochure was made possible with funding in part from the PA Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau as a Clarion County Hotel Tax Project.

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