This project is part of a joint project of Mt. Lebanon, Castle Shannon, and Dormont communities, supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is a kind of unique digital library project focused on communities with storied histories and based out of local public libraries.
The focus of the initial phase of the project was to capture a pictorial history of the communities. The hope is to expand this project by a grant for funds to include other types of historical documents, such as written papers and other items of historical significance to the featured communities. This project also serves as a model for other libraries looking to create similar projects that will allow the library to be a focal point for history in the community. Mt. Lebanon Public Library has literally hundreds of pictures in its possession that have been organized and categorized thanks to the dedicated work of the local historical society.
As the website stands today, what is presented represents only part of what is categorized and available for display. As more images are prepared and categorized for the web they will be added to this website.
Visitors to the site can search by a particular predetermined category by selecting from the list of major categories. By selecting a particular category, subcategories will appear underneath to further refine a search. Items selected were chosen for their portrayal of a particular area of the community or historical significance to the community. It is felt that these images (and others to be included) give a glimpse into the storied history of the Mt. Lebanon Community.
For a more detailed look at the technical processes and activities please see the Technical Specifications section of the web site.
Please check back to the Mt. Lebanon History website regularly as we add more pictures to the collection and more categories are developed to describe pictures and other items in the collection.