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Historical Society of Upper St. Clair Image Collection

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The Historical Society of Upper St. Clair's Image Collection consists of 340 images which demonstrate the history of the township of Upper St. Clair, Pa., between ca. 1875-2011. The images selected for digitization depict residents and families, schools, houses, major roads, local landmarks, and the overall development of the area from an agrarian community to the current day.

What's in the entire collection

The Historical Society of Upper St. Clair holds records on numerous prominent local families, the records of several clubs and local organizations, as well as the personal papers of Upper St. Clair's first police chief, John Klancher. In addition, the Historical Society has information about local schools and churches, past and present. The Historical Society has also collected dozens of oral histories from local residents. Audio recordings and transcripts of these personal memories are available. The image collection further informs the overall collection through visual representations of the people and places involved in and important to the community. Anyone with records related to Upper St. Clair history, especially of local businesses, families, and organizations, is encouraged to consider donating them to the Historical Society.

About the Historical Society of Upper St. Clair

The Historical Society of Upper St. Clair started in 1988 as a group of residents who were interested in preserving the history of the community and sharing their appreciation of its local history. Since 2001, the Historical Society has been located at the Gilfillan house and farm. Margaret Gilfillan left the property and buildings to the Historical Society upon her death in May 2001 at one-hundred years of age. She was the last direct descendent of John Gilfillan, who built the house in 1855-57. The Historical Society seeks to provide a repository and reference resource for local historical records and to preserve these records in order to provide a window into life within the township. To learn more about the historical society's recent and upcoming events, please visit our Facebook page at or our website. If you have comments, questions, or would like to use one of our images, please contact us for more information or to inquire about copyright permissions.