Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 7:00 to 8:30pm
Topic: The Creation of Lake Arthur
Jennings Environmental Education Center
Did you ever wonder about the creation of beautiful Lake Arthur and the 16,725-acre state park?
Polly Shaw, a retired teacher, history enthusiast, and park volunteer has written and published a book titled “Moraine State Park.” In this book she discusses the involvement of Dr. Frank Preston and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, the Western Allegheny Railroad, the mining, the building of the dam and the land reclamation.
Using images from the park archives, her program will concentrate on the factors involved in the choice of a spot for the dam and the actual building of it. You will have a much better appreciation for Moraine State Park and Lake Arthur after attending Polly’s program.
The public is welcome to attend this meeting of Moraine, McConnells Mill and Jennings Commission (3MJC), a non-profit friends group that supports these three parks. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at Jennings Environmental Education Center.
Moraine Park History Available
About 20,000 years ago, the late Wisconsinian glaciation reached its maximum extent. Glacial deposits identify the moraine, or farthest area covered by the glacier. Muddy Creek was a north-flowing stream that was blocked by the south-advancing glacier, forming a huge lake that lasted until the glacier dam began to retreat. The lake rapidly drained, eventually exposing the vast Muddy Creek basin. Dr. Frank Preston envisioned recreating the ancient glacial lake and worked with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to begin the project that became 16,725 acre Moraine State Park. Its centerpiece, manmade Lake Arthur and the surrounds, provide outstanding outdoor recreation and relaxation opportunities.
A lifelong resident of Butler County, Pennsylvania, Polly Shaw is a retired teacher, history enthusiast, and long-time state park volunteer. She has selected images from park archives, resources of two park support groups, local amateur photographers, and her personal collection, to tell the history of the immediate area, including the Western Allegheny Railroad, and the impressive reclamation of the land that had been ravaged by mining and oil. Pictures illustrate the monumental work that transformed the land, from construction of the dam and moving a US highway, to repurposing the surrounding area to create today’s Moraine State Park.
The book can be purchased at various local stores, including the Owlet Gift Shop at Moraine, the Nature Shop at Jennings, andAmazon.com. A complete list of locations is available upon request.