(WBRE/ WYOU)- The best way to know a place is through it’s history.
A local historical society is about to undergo a management change but pledges it will continue to preserve history.
“it has grown. It has gone down but it is still here,” Dawn Morris-Bicht, St. Clair Community and Historical Society president said.
Through the ups and downs of the coal mining industry, the population growth and decline, the community of St. Clair has held onto the borough’s history.
“People were storing things in their homes, and we needed a place where we could place everything and get started,” Edmund quirin, former building owner said.
That place was here an old church purchased by Edmund Quirin in 2008.
He renovated the building into what the historical society is today.
The historical society has interesting items from all different points in time. Like women used these to curl their hair in the 1930s and this was the first non-freeze fire hydrant that was made in St. Clair in 1886.
Other aspects borough’s history range from when the area thrived during the coal mining days to World War Two. But…
“I’m not going to be around so i wanted to donate it to the borough which has a longer life span than I will,” Quirin said.
so for the price of a single dollar, Quirin sold the building to the borough.
Roland price:/st. Clair borough secretary
“There was no opposition. It was just great. We will take it. And so it is just great to carry one Mr. Quirin’s legacy on maintaining the building for women who do such a great job,” Roland Price, St. Clair Borough secretary said.
and the building will not be re-purposed to something else.
It will continue to house st. Clair’s history for the next generation to explore.
The historical society hosts community events throughout the year, including their fireworks, show every summer to help support maintaining the organization.