The Mystery of Liberty Township

April 13, 2021

Speakers: Jim Wudarczyk & Tom Powers, Lawrenceville Historical Society
Jim Wudarczyk and Tom Powers of the Lawrenceville Historical Society will discuss the short-lived Liberty Township. Its boundaries incorporated East Liberty below Penn Avenue, Friendship, Shadyside, and parts of Bloomfield, Point Breeze, Regent Square, and Squirrel Hill. Formed from Peebles Township in 1864, the boundaries were readjusted in 1866 when James Murdoch and others petitioned the Commonwealth because their farms were partly in Peebles and partly in Liberty. The petition requested that their landholdings be included in Liberty Township. On April 6, 1867, the City of Pittsburgh annexed the surrounding municipalities of Collins, Liberty, Peebles, Pitt, Oakland, and Lawrenceville.

About the Speakers:
Jim Wudarczyk is retired after 40 years in the forest products industry. He is a Civil War buff, author, and Lawrenceville tour guide who knows his local history. Like the fact that some well-known paintings of Pittsburgh’s Stephen Foster were done by early 20th century magazine illustrator Howard Chandler Christy.

Tom Powers is president of the Lawrenceville Historical Society. He is an author, historian and researcher, as well as a former editor of the Society’s newsletter.

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