About Us

The Historical Society of Upper St. Clair started in 1988 as a group of residents who were interested in preserving the history of the community and sharing their appreciation of its local history. Since 2001, the Historical Society has been located at the Gilfillan house and farm. Margaret Gilfillan left the property and buildings to the Historical Society upon her death in May 2001 at one-hundred years of age. She was the last direct descendent of John Gilfillan, who built the house in 1855-57. The Historical Society seeks to provide a repository and reference resource for local historical records and to preserve these records in order to provide a window into life within the township.


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The Historical Society of Upper St. Clair Board of Directors

Rachel Carlson - President

Roger Heins - Director and Vice President & Treasurer

Jean Brown - Emeritus 

Karen Godwin - Member

Bill Keck - Member

Bruce Fife - Member

Larry Godwin - Member

Dorothy Holden - Member


Farm Committee

Nate Heins - Committee Chair

Kenny Brown

Frannie Brown

Brian McGuire - Farmer

Sue Myers - Common Ground



HSUSC Archivist

Carolyn Jones Friedrich received her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh with a specialization in archives, preservation, and records management.  She also holds a Master of Arts in English from Wake Forest University.  She has worked as a visual resources technician, development assistant, and conservation technician.  Carolyn enjoys technical theatre, as well as, book and document preservation.  Her hobbies include amateur bookbinding and gardening.  She is a member of the Society of American Archivists.


We have been very lucky to have Carolyn working with us over the past few years to help sort through the many historical images of Upper St. Clair.


Names of Early Residents in the Historical Society of Upper St. Clair

Anne Beck

Jean Brown

Helen Currie

Nellie Currie

Nel Delach

Florence Dolanch

Bea and Paul Eiben

June Ellington

Bruce Fife

Margaret Gilfillan

Karen and Larry Godwin

Nina and Jim Goldsmith

Peg and Ed Harmon

Agnes Hoffman

Emma Hoffman

Lawrence Hofrichter

Violet Hutchinson

Joyce Keller

Del Lessnett

Charlene Norris

Nancy and Paul Page

Mary and Ken Reardon

Ruth Renton

Marie Richards

Betty Robison

Ruth and Bill Stumpf

Rose Terrick

Suellen Welty


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Historical Society of Upper St. Clair is a 501(c) 3 Pennsylvania non-profit corporation registered with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of State, Bureau of Charitable Organizations, Registration No.36720, whom you may contact Toll Free at 1-800-732-0999.  No consideration or value of any kind is provided to donors supporting the HSUSC.