One hundred years ago this month, the man who took us down the yellowbrick road in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz passed away. Did you know that none of it would have been possible without the influence and affluence of the Pennsylvania Oil Region?
Within Titusville lives the spirit of those people and businesses that have come and gone; indelibly leaving their mark on our collective soul. One of our oldest districts - what I will affectionately call the Diamond Block - took a heavy blow just last night. This is a hardy block, one of the oldest in our town. Let me tell you a little bit about the history of the various storefronts that have graced Diamond Street through time.
At the top of Chestnut Street there is a long brick building with tall gaping windows. Just standing outside and gazing at it, one can feel the life that has flowed through this building. You can almost see the hustle and bustle of young men and women at the turn of the century who worked there after school to make a couple of bucks and the seasoned artisans and laborers who devoted their lives to an essential, yet beautiful craft. This building has been home to the knife-making industry for 116 years. It is the home of the nationally renowned Queen Cutlery.
From June 26th through July 1st Benson Memorial Library is hosting our first annual Summer Art Show! Below, you will see a virtual version of our art show for those who can't come into the library and see it in person.