Summer Lecture Series 10-31-21

HALLOWEEN TALES

HANCOCK COUNTY MUSEUM LECTURE SERIES

The last in our 2021 Summer Lecture Series will be at the HCM, 1008 Ridge Ave., New Cumberland, on Sunday October 31st at 2:00. Paul Zuros will speak on “Chilling Stories of the Past,” when he will touch on a few spooky stories, some from Steubenville, but most from the WV side of the river, with a ghost story of Colliers, a tale from Three Springs Cemetery, and one from the Pleasant Valley Country Club area. Fred Miller will recount the tale about the man who wanted to be buried both in PA and WV, and how he accomplished that. After these two speak, we will invite the audience to ask questions and to share their scary stories with us.

Refreshments will be available after the lecture, and the event, as always, is free and open to the public, although donations are always greatly appreciated.

Summer Lecture Series 8-22-21

The third in the Hancock County Museum’s Summer Lecture Series will be on Sunday,
August 22, 2021 at 2:00 in the Hancock County Museum.

TIMOTHY R. BROOKES, local lawyer and historian, will expound on the saga of Pretty Boy Floyd , enshrined by legends and tales that have given a certain amount of drama that enhanced the facts concerning one of the most famous motorized bandits of the 1930’s.

The public is encouraged to add their stories on the subject at the end of the lecture, and are welcome to tour the museum

Refreshments will be available after the lecture, and it is free and open to the public, although donations are always greatly appreciated.

Summer Lecture Series 7-25-21

The second lecture in the Hancock County Museum’s Summer Lecture Series will be at the museum at 2:00 on Sunday 7-25 21.

Tom Zielinsky, renowned local author, will discuss the two towns, north and south, of New Cumberland: Rockyside and Zalia.

Rockyside, a small mining community, was established around 1870 with the building of all the brickyards north of New Cumberland. There were nearly 300 men, women and children on that hillside, in addition to a one-room school and the first local Catholic Church, built in 1904. The hillside was abandoned around 1950.

Zalia, a small mining community, was established around 1830, some 40 years earlier than Rockyside, also with the building of all the brickyards south of New Cumberland. This is where local brick making began. There were nearly 300 men, women and children along this stretch of road, the old West Virginia Route 2. It also had a one-room school and the establishment and building of the First Methodist Protestant Church known as the Union Chapel of Freeman’s Landing.

This area was abandoned around 1970 and was home to a lot of unique businesses.

Everyone can learn a little about the history of these two towns and what they had in common and what their differences were. You will learn about some unique businesses like the Chelsea China Company, New Cumberland Glass Company, and the Cutler Steel Company. Hancock County is very rich in history that needs to be learned and shared.

Everyone is welcome to share their stories about these two small towns and to ask questions after Tom’s talk.

As always, the lecture is free and open to the public, although donations are always greatly appreciated. Refreshments will be served after the lecture.

Summer Lecture Series 6/27/21 Tomlinson Run State Park

The Hancock County Museum Commissioners are excited to announce the first lecture in our 2021 Summer Lecture Series. It will be at the museum at 2:00 p.m. on June 27, 2021. Our first lecturer is Mr. Robert Bailey, who will speak on the history of Tomlinson Run State Park. Our visitors are encouraged to share their personal memories of the park and any stories they have heard from others. As always, the public is invited to attend with no charge, and refreshments will be provided after the lecture.

Nellie Bly, Saturday April 6, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

JoAnn Peterson of Kingwood, WV comes to the Hancock County Museum from the WV Humanities Council’s History Alive! Program to present Nellie Bly, pen name of Elizabeth Jane Cochrane.  Nellie Bly was a well-known investigative reporter in the late 1800’s who got a job as a reporter with the New York World by succeeding to have herself committed for 10 days to the infamous lunatic asylum known as Blackwell’s Island in NY, with no guarantee of her release.  Her newspaper series on the conditions and treatment of the institutionalized women led to public outrage and improvements in the care of the mentally ill.  She brought public attention to the plight of women, children, workers and the poor.  In November of 1889, she started a highly publicized race around the world to better the fictional Phineas Fogg’s, of the Jules Verne book Around the World in Eighty Days, record.  Alone, she sensationally made it in a little more than 72 days.  Please call the Hancock County Museum, 304.564.4800 for more information.

Pottery On Display

Bill and Donna Gray of East Liverpool, OH are famous for having an extensive pottery collection.  They have loaned the museum items from local pottery manufacturers such as Chelsea China Co. from New Cumberland, Homer Laughlin China Co. from Newell, Wheeling Pottery Co. from Wheeling, Edwin M. Knowles China Co. from Chester, and Taylor, Smith & Taylor Co. from Chester.
The Homer Laughlin China Co. loaned the museum dinnerware including examples of the WV Governor’s Mansion Four Seasons collection, and examples of Fiesta, Custom Hotel China, Eggshell and Skytone.
These can be viewed on Sundays in September from 1-4 p.m. or by appointment at any time by calling 304-564-4800 or 304-224-1605.
Gray loaned chinaHomer Laughton loaned china