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WPC's Monthly Newsletter

Hickman Chapel to be Restored

Last month, the historic Hickman Chapel in Stewart Township, Fayette County was donated to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy for restoration and preservation as part of the Bear Run Nature Reserve. Built in 1901, Hickman Chapel had long been a meeting place for church services, weddings and other gatherings for county residents. The now vacant chapel is a beautiful, modest and rare one-story clapboard-covered sanctuary building. The last worship service in the chapel took place in the 1980s. Restoration efforts, including a new roof and improvements to the wood siding and windows, are scheduled to start this fall. Learn more about this chapel.

Lynda Waggoner to Retire in 2018

For more than 40 years, Lynda Waggoner has been a part of Fallingwater. Starting as a tour guide at 17 and eventually becoming the longtime director, Lynda has announced her retirement from looking after Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece. Read more about Lynda.
Volunteers Needed for Fall Activities

Volunteer today to help prepare our community gardens for winter, plant a tree this fall, be a WPC ambassador, help clear debris or build trails at one of our preserves between now and the end of the year. Thank you for caring; we cannot protect our region without your support! View a list of upcoming volunteer activities.
Thiel College Sponsors Two Gardens

Community flower gardens in Greenville Borough, Mercer County will continue blossoming for years to come, thanks to the sustaining sponsorship of Thiel College. A dedication ceremony took place recently to announce this new partnership and thank the community for its support.
Register For Fall Members’ Hike by Oct. 12

There’s still time to register for our annual Fall Members’ Hike at Laurel Summit State Park on Sun., Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. Join us for a one-mile walk around Spruce Flats Bog or a four-mile roundtrip hike to Wolf Rocks in Forbes State Forest. WPC members are encouraged to register by Oct. 12. The hike is $5 per person and it’s free for children under 12!
Free Redbud Trees on Oct. 21

Help turn Pittsburgh into the city of redbuds, by attending a Pittsburgh Redbud Project tree planting on Oct. 21 between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to receive a free redbud tree sapling to plant in your own back yard (while supplies last). You can view redbud project details, upcoming volunteer planting events and tree giveaway details on our website.
Grants Available to Build Canoe Access Sites

Funding is now available for local organizations seeking to create or improve public access to regional waterways. Our Canoe Access Development Fund has already funded about 50 access projects over the past eight years. Applications are now available online through Nov. 17.

Check out the New Fallingwater Museum Store!

We’ve made a few changes to our online Fallingwater Museum Store! The store is now easier to navigate, more mobile-responsive, and features new items, great sales and a customer-friendly shopping experience! You’ll still find an assortment of items inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater and modern design, including the limited edition 2018 Fallingwater wall calendar. Purchase yours today!

October Desktop Background

When was the last time you looked up and admired a forest canopy? At Moraine State Park, this tall stand of black cherry and sugar maple trees makes up some of the lush young forests of this more than 16,000-acre state park in Butler County. The Conservancy helped establish the park in the early 1950s by protecting land, which eventually led to the rejuvenation of some of the county's forests. Download this month’s desktop calendar featuring the beauty of trees in early fall at Moraine State Park in Butler County.
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