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Calendar of Dedication Events

Since 1946, Pennsylvanians have gathered to unveil, dedicate, and celebrate the installation of new historical markers. Virtually all of these ceremonies are public events, and you're invited to attend those held near where you live or whose subject matter interests you.

Visit this page often, as new events will be listed as soon as they are confirmed. Information is subject to change.

Upcoming PA Historical Marker Dedication Events

St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Croatian Church

Dedication Date: Saturday, June 20 at 11:00 am

Completed in 1901, it was the first Croatian Catholic parish in the nation. St. Nicholas was impressive architecturally, in a modified Romanesque style featuring eastern European styled onion domes. It was demolished in 2013 following a vigorous yet unsuccessful preservation campaign.

Location: SR28, just S of 31st St. Bridge, Northside, Pittsburgh

Local Sponsor: Preserve Croatian Heritage Foundation

Miracles on Maple Hill

Dedication Date: Saturday, June 27 at 2:00 pm

Children's book by Newbery Award-winning author Virginia Sorensen, written during her husband's 6-year tenure at Edinboro College. The book describes the maple syrup industry of rural northwestern PA, an industry in which PA is ranked third in the nation. Sorensen based her characters on real farm families from Erie and Crawford Counties.

Location: 413 W Plum St., Edinboro

Local Sponsor: Edinboro Area Historical Soc.

Ethel Waters

Dedication Date: Sunday, June 28 at 12:00 pm

A renowned singer and actress, Ethel Waters was born into poverty in Chester, PA. Having an unstable family life, she was forced into marriage to an abusive husband at the age of thirteen. Originally working as a maid, she began singing at nightclubs in Philadelphia, and eventually made her way to Broadway. Her blues style reflected her difficult early life. She became a Grammy winner and Academy and Emmy Award nominee.

Location: At Ethel Waters Park, 2nd St. (Rt. 291) & Edgemont Ave., Chester

Local Sponsor: N/A

Pennsylvania National Guard - 112th Infantry Regiment

Dedication Date: Thursday, July 2 at 11:00 am

Regiment of the PA National Guard that was headquartered for many years at the Erie Armory, listed on the National Register. The PNG, or 28th Infantry Division, is the oldest continuous in the nation, and the 112th traces its roots to a Civil War volunteer regiment. The unit fought valiantly in both World Wars, and continues to serve the state and nation with distinction.

Location: 350 E 6th St., Erie

Local Sponsor: Erie Insurance Group

Juniata Iron

Dedication Date: Sunday, July 26 at 2:00 pm

Rededication of a revised and relocated missing marker – High quality Pennsylvania iron was mined here in the late 18th and the first half of the 19th century. Nearby Springfield Furnace produced this type of iron.

Location: 3909 Piney Creek Rd. (SR 866), 5 miles south of Williamsburg

Local Sponsor: Blair County Historical Soc.

Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel

Dedication Date: Thursday, July 30 at 6:00 pm

Best known for establishing the Roxy Theater and opening Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Rothafel got his start in the theater in Pennsylvania. He operated the Family Theater in Forest City for two years, popularizing such innovations as daylight movies and "perfuming" an audience. He combined film and live action to produce a new kind of show. He was progressive in attracting patrons with persuasive advertising.

Location: 600 Main St. (Rts. 171/247), Forest City

Local Sponsor: N/A

Tatiana Proskouriakoff

Dedication Date: Saturday, August 1 at 12:00 pm

A groundbreaking archaeologist, Proskouriakoff revolutionized the world’s understanding of Mayan hieroglyphs. Trained in architecture, she produced detailed and accurate drawings of Mayan buildings. She received numerous awards for her archaeological research, including the Order of the Quetzal from Guatemala, the country’s highest award for a foreigner.

Location: Fairview Ave. & S Landsdowne Ave., Landsdowne

Local Sponsor: N/A

Standard Chemical Company

Dedication Date: Saturday, August 1

The first commercial production of radium in the US was accomplished at James and Joseph Flannery's Standard Chemical Co. in 1913. In the following decade, it produced over one half of the world' supply of radium. In 1921 it produced 1 gram of radium to be presented to Marie Curie, who discovered radium, during her visit to this pioneering laboratory.

Location: Forbes & Meyran Aves., Pittsburgh

Local Sponsor: N/A