Founded in 1904, the Centre County Historical Society (CCHS) is the oldest and largest history organization in the county, serving as the official historical society of Centre County. It is a community and volunteer based non-profit educational organization that works collaboratively with local, regional, county and state organizations in helping to preserve and promote the area’s historic, cultural, and natural resources.

  • Disseminates historical information about Centre County
  • Offers programs and exhibits of historical and cultural interest for children and adults
  • Marks and helps preserve and protect the Centre Furnace Mansion property and grounds, Boogersburg School, and other historical sites and landscapes in Centre County
  • Maintains a collection of artifacts, books, manuscripts, maps and photographs
  • Publishes and promotes interest in historically significant publications relating to Centre County


Centre County Historical Society helps people understand, experience, appreciate and preserve our county’s cultural and natural heritage.


Centre County Historical Society aspires to enrich the lives of the public by telling the story of the county’s unique past. Through our programs, collections, and facilities, we promote a strong sense of place for a diverse Centre County. We see to build a critical understanding of our past for both engaging the issues of the present and guaranteeing a future which preserves our heritage.