The Lawrenceville Historical Society has
several publications to its credit.
||Monster On the Allegheny . . . And Other Lawrenceville Stories
by Allan Becer, James Wudarczyk and Jude Wudarczyk and edited by Cyndy Wudarczyk is without doubt the most well known among the Lawrenceville history series. First released in 1993, it quickly sold out and five additional printings followed in rapid succession. After being out of print for more than a decade an updated version was released in 2005. This book tells the tale of the monster on the Allegheny, answers the question of why president Grant came to Lawrenceville, lets us know whose tombstone lies in the public library, informs us how Henry Baldwin Foster (Stephen Foster’s brother) met his tragic doom, and much, much more. With over 200 pages, extensive index, beautiful four color, laminated cover and internal pictures, this book is a bargain. Beautiful artwork and photographs are by Barb Simon, Dan Simkins, and Jude Wudarczyk. Each of the fourteen chapters is a separate story.
A Doughboy’s Tale . . . and More Lawrenceville Stories
by James Wudarczyk, Jude Wudarczyk, Allan Becer and Daren Stanchak was released in 2004. A corrected edition came out in 2005. It is a tantalizing history of the community being another collection of true stories. The time spans from colonial America to present day. Topics include George Washington’s visit to the region, William B. Foster (Stephen Foster’s father), Mary Schenley, the Railroad Strike of 1877, Pittsburgh’s first recreation center, the Arsenal Board of Trade, Lillian Russell, Lawrenceville’s WWI monuments, Matt Cvetic, and much more. The book has 184 pages with an extensive index and internal photos. The beautiful four color, laminated cover, and fifteen chapters, each a true story, makes this book a treasure to have on any bookshelf.
In Loving Memory . . . and Still More Lawrenceville Stories
by Ray Oin, James Wudarczyk and Jude Wudarczyk is the third book in the series. The book continues exploring little known events and landmarks in one of Pittsburgh’s oldest neighborhoods. Beautiful artwork and photographs are by Barb Simon, Dan Simkins, and Jude Wudarczyk. Each of the fourteen chapters is a separate story. It was written to satisfy a demand for information on the area’s cemeteries, hospitals, and colorful personages. The 208 pages include photographs and an extensive index. The beautiful four color, laminated cover, and informative text makes this books a must for anyone that loves Pittsburgh history.
A chapter of Monster On the
Allegheny . . . And Other Lawrenceville Stories written by Allan Becer was extensively
quoted by Beth Trapani in her book Ghost Stories of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
Historical Sites and Lost Landmarks of Lawrenceville's
Sixth Ward by James Wudarczyk is a small booklet that lists numerous sites of interest
in Pittsburgh's Sixth Ward. It serves as an excellent source of information for
individuals and groups that like to take walking tours around the city. It also acts as a
treasure chest of information for someone doing research for school or pleasure.
A noncirculating copy is available for public use at the
Lawrenceville Branch of Carnegie Library. Unfortunately, this item is also out of print.
The much talked about Miscellaneous History of
Lawrenceville by Joe Borkowski has been reprinted by the Lawrenceville Historical
Society. This book contains a wealth of information about the neighborhood. Whether you
are interested in our city's industry, its prize fighters, its churches, its hospitals or
its general history this is one book you don't want to miss.
A noncirculating copy of this book can be found at the
Lawrenceville Branch of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Like its companions this book is
likewise out of print.
The Lawrenceville Historical Society has received praise from
the Atlantic to the Pacific regarding its newsletter, Historical Happenings. This
quarterly newletter not only tells about what the LHS members are up to, but also provides
a look into the lives of some of the more famous, infamous and not so famous Lawrenceville
residents of yesteryear. It also provides infomation regarding buildings, current events
and interesting stories of those who are laid to rest in its cemeteries.
As part of an oral history series the LHS video taped
interviews with a number of past and present residents of the neighborhood. We also video
taped a number of our meetings. Circulating copies of some of these can be found at the
Lawrenceville Branch of Carnegie Library.