HCM Christmas Celebration

Our final 2022 event will be a Christmas Party on Sunday, December 11th at 2:00. The museum is beautifully decorated for Christmas, tours are available before and after the entertainment, which includes the Victorian Carolers, Bud Simmons playing his dulcimer, and Tom Zielinsky, formerly from New Cumberland, and presently residing in Weirton, who is a professional accordionist, will be preforming on the world’s first and only, wireless, Bluetooth enabled, digital/acoustic, Concerto accordion. He will be preforming a number of traditional Christmas favorites, but will perform some new songs like “Believe” from The Polar Express, “Mary Did You Know,” “Mary’s Little Boy Child,” and his rendition of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s, “Christmas Cannon,” to demonstrate the powerful expression of this accordion. We will also have a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” and, possibly, other entertainment- we’re working on it. If you would like to join in the entertainment with a song, reading or instrumental contribution, please do. You can call the Museum at 304-564-4800 to let us know what you’d like to do, or just show up with your talent, instrument or whatever and join the fun.

As usual, delicious refreshments will follow the entertainment, and, as always, the Christmas celebration is free and open to the public.

Please join us for a delightful afternoon celebrating the best time of the year!

2022 Summer Lecture Series 10-30-22

The Hancock County Museum, at 1008 Ridge Ave., New Cumberland, WV, will present the last in its 2022 Summer Lecture Series on Sunday, October 30th at 2:00. The “lectures” will, in the Halloween spirit, be very spooky tales told by Paul Zuros and Fred Miller, both of whom entertained us with their local scary stories at last year’s Halloween special lecture. As always, the lecture is free and open to the public (although I’ll be passing the witch’s hat for donations), and Halloween favorite beverages and sweets will be served in the kitchen after the presentations. Tours are available both before and after the lectures (aka tall tales).

As Doris Cameron, our secretary, so eloquently wrote in our minutes, “ The Hancock County Museum Commission meeting of October 2022 confirmed plans for a great Halloween gala as their final lecture of the season on October 30th at 2:00 pm on Sunday afternoon at the museum. The decorations are plentiful and spooky stories and eerie tales will be shared by Fred Miller and P.J. Zuros to entertain and get your blood flowing! Of course the afternoon will include some delightfully light refreshments. So bring your friends and enjoy the day.

A lengthy discussion was heard concerning our annual Christmas Open House party in early December. We are anxious to share this holiday event but we are in great need of volunteers to help put up decorations and participate in singing with the Victorian Carolers. Will you help?? Call the museum or any member to sign up.”

Please call after our Nov. 2nd meeting so that we can give you a date for decorating.

2022 Summer Lecture Series 9-18-22

The September 18th lecture in the Hancock County Museum’s 2022 Summer Lecture Series will be given by Paul Zuros, and will be based on his favorite newspaper articles in the series ”History in the Hills,” that he has written about the history of our area in the upper part of the WV Northern Panhandle and in the Steubenville, OH area. The lecture starts at 2:00, and tours are available before and after the lecture. Refreshments are served in the kitchen after the lecture, which is free and open to the public, although donations are always greatly appreciated. The Hancock County Museum is located at 1008 Ridge Avenue, New Cumberland, WV. Parking is in the grass in the back of the building or in the Catholic Church parking lot next door to the south of the Museum.

Paul (PJ) Zuros was born and raised in Weirton, West Virginia. Raised by parents who were interested in history, Paul developed his love for the past early on. His interest in local history started when he volunteered with the Hancock County Museum in New Cumberland and then later with the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center.
He was graduated from Weir High School and went on to WVU to pursue a degree in History and minor in Public Relations and Italian Studies. While at WVU, he worked for the National Park Service in Richmond, Virginia at the city’s Civil War sites. Paul graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh with a master’s degree in Public History with a concentration in Decorative Arts and Museum Studies. Over the years Paul has worked with the John Heinz History Center in their library and archive, the Fort Pitt Museum, and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Before returning to the Ohio Valley to take the reins as Executive Director of Historic Fort Steuben, Paul was operations manager with the West Virginia Humanities Council and served as the Executive Director of the Historic Craik Patton House, a historic house museum in Charleston WV. For nearly two years, he has been writing a bi-weekly local history column in the Weirton Daily Times and the Steubenville Herald-Star entitled, “History in the Hills.” Paul currently resides in Weirton with his wife Abigail, and four beautiful children.

2022 Summer Lecture Series, 8-28-22

Hancock County Museum Summer Lecture Series

August 28, 2022

Pamela Makricosta, of Weirton, will share her “Yiayla’s – Grandma’s Bundle” presentation at the Hancock County Museum, 1008 Ridge Ave., New Cumberland, on Sunday, August 28, 2022 at 2:00. Her grandmother survived the 1914 Christian Holocaust of Asia Minor which is present-day Turkey. Pamela is an author, English and Greek language instructor, Weirton Museum vice president, and Literacy & Lifelong Learning Coordinator at the Mary H. Weir Public library. She will also discuss the latest book, Secrets in the Mist.

Mary Zwierzchowski, local historian, author, and Assistant Reference Librarian of the Mary H. Weir Public Library, will be on hand to answer questions about the book, Secrets in the Mist: The History of Brown’s Island which she co-authored with Jane Kraina. She will also be selling and signing the book. The book was published this year on the 50th anniversary of the 1972 explosion that took the lives of 19 men.

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the talk and questions.

2022 HCM Summer Lecture Series 7-24-22

At 2:00 on 7-24-22 in the Hancock County Museum, Tom Zielinsky will be recapping The Final Days of Weirton Steel, 2nd Edition, and explaining the truth about the Weirton Steel ESOP and why it didn’t have to happen. This program is free and open to the public , and will be followed with questions and refreshments.

Tom Zielinsky was born in Steubenville, Ohio, and was raised in New Cumberland. After 33 years of service, he retired in 2003 as Senior Director of Information Strategy for Weirton Steel Corporation and retired again in 2013 as technology director for the Hancock County Commission. He has degrees in electronic engineering, computer science, and an MBA from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Author of four books, The Final Days of Weirton Steel was published in 2010, The Final Days of Weirton Steel, 2nd Edition published in 2021, Rockyside, A Forgotten Mining Community published in 2017, and Zalia, Hancock County, West Virginia, Rediscovering a Lost Community was published in 2020. He resides in Weirton with his wife, Patty. They have four children, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grand sons.

2022 HCM Summer Lecture Series 6-26-22

The first speaker for the 2022 HCM Summer Lecture Series will be Shannon Giambroni of the Newell Coalition, who will speak on Sunday, June 26th in the Hancock County Museum at 2:00. Her topic will be the history of the Laurel Hollow Park in Newell, WV. She will give a projected PowerPoint presentation, so we are looking forward to some interesting pictures.

Refreshments will be available after the lecture as are tours. Self-guided tours are available both before and after the lecture.

We hope to see you there!

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 9-26-21

The fourth in our 2021 Summer Lecture Series will be at the HCM on Sunday Sept. 26th at 2:00. Paul Zuros, Executive Director of Historic Fort Steuben and the Steubenville and Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau will present a program entitled “History of Fort Steuben – New Discoveries of Old History.” Since 1986 Historic Fort Steuben has been a center in the community for history and culture. With the addition in 2009 of the final building as part of the complex, the story of the Fort seemed to have been told. Today with a fresh perspective, Paul will discuss and reexamine the history of Historic Fort Steuben, the local context surrounding it, its abandonment, commemoration, reconstruction, and its significance in local and National History. Join us for an afternoon of reexamining the past.

Paul (PJ) Zuros was born and raised in Weirton, West Virginia. Raised by parents who were interested in history, Paul developed his love for the past early on. His interest in local history started when he volunteered with the Hancock County Museum in New Cumberland and then later with the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center.
He graduated from Weir High School and went on to WVU to pursue a degree in History and minor in Public Relations and Italian Studies. While at WVU, he worked for the National Park Service in Richmond, Virginia at the city’s Civil War sites. Paul graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh with a master’s degree in Public History with a concentration in Decorative Arts and Museum Studies. Over the years Paul has worked with the John Heinz History Center in their library and archive, the Fort Pitt Museum, and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Before returning to the Ohio Valley to take the reins as Executive Director of Historic Fort Steuben, Paul was operations manager with the West Virginia Humanities Council and served as the Executive Director of the Historic Craik Patton House, a historic house museum in Charleston WV. For nearly two years, he has been writing a bi-weekly local history column in the Weirton Daily Times and the Steubenville Herald-Star entitled, “History in the Hills.” Paul currently resides in Weirton with his wife Abigail, and four beautiful children.

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.