Thousands of family and local history archival items such as photographs, letters, Bibles, diaries, Justice of the Peace dockets, maps, newspapers, and more have been shared by families and repositories.
Links and references to additional Greene County, Pennsylvania records that are available either online or in-person through assorted web sites and local repository collections.
When the Greene County Historical Society established a permanent home for its museum collections at the old County Poor Farm in the late 1960s – early 1970s, local families came forward to preserve their pieces of the past. Half-a-century later, a new generation of dedicated curators collaborate with Greene Connections volunteers to make connections across collections, as we tell the stories behind the artifacts!
Beneath a cheery holiday banner, Christmas Eve headlines of 1925, reported a local tragedy that took the lives of five young, volunteer firefighters and destroyed an iconic corner of Waynesburg’s business district. In spite of the devastation, residents rose up to help their neighbors, often at their own risk, in acts of heroism and generosity befitting the Christmas spirit.
Rev. Luther Axtell [1820-1886] was a Cumberland Presbyterian minister in southwestern Pennsylvania. His rural circuit meant that he preached and performed the sacred ceremonies of the church across county lines, touching the lives of families living in Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties, Pennsylvania, as well as across state lines into Ohio and West Virginia. Among his many duties as a traveling clergyman, Luther performed roughly 200 marriages, which he recorded in a ledger now available in the Greene Connections Archives.