California Area Historical Society
Preserving History for You
Still architecturally intact, the house features stained glass fleur-de-lis sidelights and original wrought iron chandeliers in the front entrance. Tall pairs of pocket doors open into north and south parlors where fireplace mantels are adorned in classical details on the first floor. The central hall stair leads to the second floor where the history library, archives room, and office area are located. Cherry and quarter-sawn oak pattern woodwork and mission-style mantles enhance the rooms, once used as bedrooms and a nursery. A winding stair leads to the attic.
The Gallagher House Home of the California Area Historical Society
MISSION STATEMENT TO PRESERVE THE HERITAGE OF THE LAND AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ITS SETTLERS TO BRING TOGETHER THOSE PEOPLE INTERESTED IN LOCAL HISTORY TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE HERITAGE OF THE AREA
HOURS Tue., Wed.,Thur., 9:00 am - 3:00 pm 724.938.3250
ADDRESS 429 Wood Street PO Box 624 California, PA 15419
OFFICERS President…………..…..Mary Beth Graf Vice President………………Pat Cowen Secretary…………..…….….Kathi Swan Treasurer……….……..…Gerald Cowen Member at Large ………….Gary Gregg ADDITIONAL BOARD MEMBERS Isabelle Anderson, Robert Harris, Ellen Hasbrouck, B. Kirk Holman, Jeanne Gillis King, Mary Elaine Lozosky, Eleanor Petroff, Audrey Winfield
Thanks to the generosity of Kirk HOLMAN and family, the Gallagher House now has a yard sign to identify our location. Given in memory of Kirk’s parents — W. Byron & Merrell (Edwards) HOLMAN, the sign eliminates the dilemma of where to turn off Route 88 when visiting the Society. See more photographs and the lovely landscaping below.
In Memory of Merrell (Edwards) HOLMAN, 1920—2010. W. Byron HOLMAN—1919—2003. Photographed at California University of Pennsylvania, Presidential Gala, 1997. , .
Historical Society Sign, Kirk HOLMAN. (Photo courtesy: Edgar A. Harris, Sr.)
The sign is carved, sculpted, gold-gilded letters on an emerald-forest green background. It was handcrafted by Danthonia, an Australian firm recommended to us by Bruderhof Communities of Farmington, PA. Danthonia used a high-density American-made urethane which is waterproof, insect proof and fire retardant. The sign was shipped free to the Society, and Stacy Skerbetz of DHR Enterprisers installed the sign and landscaped the Gallagher House gardens. The gardens consist of a variety of horticultural delights: boxwood, silver sword azaleas, button cornflowers, miniature hollyhocks, chrysanthemums, barberry bushes, hostas, corabelles, and sedum. We will enjoy the plantings for many years to come.
Historical Sign Design by Jerry Cowen
Installation And Landscape Design by Stacey Skerbetz DHR Enterprises.