The first-ever East Liberty History Festival will occur on Saturday, Oct. 2. The festival, run by the East End/East Liberty Historical Society in cooperation with the East Liberty Quarter Chamber of Commerce and East Liberty Development, Inc., will provide a history of the East Liberty Valley. Historic businesses, local historic churches and other institutions and the area’s rich architectural heritage will be highlighted.

Four distinct time periods in East Liberty’s history will be covered. Beginning with the role of East Liberty from the 1750s, the festival will also cover the Revolutionary War-Civil War period, the Industrial Revolution and also the area’s boom years (1890s-1940s). Historical demonstrations and reenactments of aluminum casting, blast furnace operation, forging and glass working will be included, as well as pioneering crafts such as canoe building.

The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the parking lot behind Eastminster Presbyterian Church on North Highland Avenue at Penn Circle North. Admission to the festival is free, and free parking is available in the Home Depot parking lot.

For more information contact Al Mann, East End/East Liberty Historical Society President, at 412-661-5947 or