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M-S Library to Host ‘Marietta: Pittsburgh of the East’ Program

Milanof-Schock Library invites the community to the final program in its “My Hometown” series, which will be held at the library on Monday, May 20, at 6 p.m. It will be an historical presentation given in two parts by co-presenters Catherine J. Tucker and David Haneman.

Part 1, titled “Growing Up in Marietta,” features Tucker, a longtime resident of Marietta. Tucker will share her experiences growing up among many changes in the small community of Marietta — changes that were in response to international armed conflicts, economic pressures, floods, and revitalization. The events of the past have made Marietta one of the most historic towns on the Susquehanna River. Tucker is active in relating the history of Marietta through lectures and written memoirs. She has authored a short history of Marietta.

Part 2, titled “Marietta, the Pittsburgh of the East,” features Haneman, who will share a visual presentation of the Lancaster County iron industry from 1845 to 1930. Those attending will find out why the area between Marietta and Columbia was considered the “Pittsburgh of the East,” and learn about the history of the eight anthracite hot-blast furnaces and how they operated. Haneman is a longtime resident of Marietta who has enjoyed bringing history to life, especially at the Musselman Vesta Iron Furnace Center in Marietta. He is president of Rivertownes PA USA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks “to enhance and cultivate the art, heritage and recreation of the river towns” of Columbia, Marietta, Wrightsville and the surrounding areas.

Registration is required for this free program to be held at the library at 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy. The library can be reached at 717-653-1510. Anyone who registers and cannot attend is asked to let the library know.

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