The State College Chapter of the American Red Cross was founded on March 27, 1917 by Katharine Cotton Sparks, wife of then Penn State president, Edwin Sparks. It was Katharine’s dream to bring the forces of town and gown […]CONTINUE READING
Thank you to everyone for a successful 2017 Plant Celebration!! The weather was certainly better than predicted, and everything ran very smoothly thanks to the many, many hours of careful planning and preparation of all involved. Special thanks to Beverly […]CONTINUE READING
Together we can make a difference! Your gift of $25 or more helps the Centre County Historical Society compete for a larger share of the $200,000 stretch pool provided by the Centre Foundation and Hamer Foundation, as well as qualify […]CONTINUE READING
Old House Fair in Bellefonte
Save the Date!: April 28 & 29, 2017
The Pennsylvania Match Factory • 100 Match Factory Place • Bellefonte, PA
BELLEFONTE, PA – The Bellefonte Historical and […]CONTINUE READING
As Winter has finally taken hold in Central Pa., we would like to remind visitors of our inclement weather policy. CCHS follows the closings and delayed openings of State College School District. Please call the office, 814-234-4779, before traveling to […]CONTINUE READING
Thank you for the 2016 Stocking Stuffer! It is with loud cheers that we thank all who contributed to the 14th Annual Stocking Stuffer Antiques, Art and fine Craft Sale to make it the most successful yet! Special thanks to our 2016 sponsors for their generous support: Mimi Barash Coppersmith for her personal sponsorship of [...]CONTINUE READING
Holiday Note: The CCHS office will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 in observance of Thanksgiving.
Due to Stocking Stuffer preparations and Sale, there will be no Mansion tours Wednesday, November 23 through Sunday, December 4, 2016. Tours […]CONTINUE READING
This holiday season, three esteemed historical institutions welcome the general public to experience Victorian Christmas Celebrations in unique style. The Blair, Cambria, and Centre County Historical Societies—each of which operate local historic house museums—are partnering to host colorful […]CONTINUE READING
Thank You!! The PNC Bank – Col. Gerald Russell United Way Day of Caring At the Centre Furnace Mansion and the Boogersburg School Thursday, October 6, 2016 The Congress finds and declares that (a) the spirit and direction of the Nation are founded upon and reflected in its historic heritage; (b) the historical and cultural [...]CONTINUE READING
We are excited to share that the Arts Festival at Fifty: Stories from the early days - Interviews are now available to watch on the exhibit webpage or on YouTube! We hope to continue to add to our YouTube channel with more interviews and presentations. Subscribe to our channel so that you don't miss out!CONTINUE READING
Sincere thanks to Boy Scout Troop 367 who have built this and contributed this kiosk by as part of a 2016 Eagle Scout project installed on June 9, 2016.
Contributions like this one help CCHS to extend our […]CONTINUE READING
$15,000 GOAL MET During Centre Gives!
Your support means everything!
There are not enough ways to say thank you to you and all at the Centre Foundation for helping to make Centre Gives 2016 available to […]CONTINUE READING
The Centre County Historical Society is excited to announce the first Music Under the Sycamore
Summer party the Centre Furnace Mansion
Featuring Pure Cane Sugar
SUNDAY, August 21, 4:00—6:00 p.m.
The Centre County Historical Society invites the […]CONTINUE READING
Thank you for the 2015 Stocking Stuffer With enthusiastic thanks and great appreciation, we thank all who contributed to the 13th Annual Stocking Stuffer Antiques, Art and fine Craft Show to make it the most successful ever! Special thanks to Mimi Barash Coppersmith for her personal sponsorship and support of this year’s event. Mimi has [...]CONTINUE READING
Additional Parking is available during the Stocking Stuffer – December 2 – 4, 2016.
Parking is available in our lot off of Porter Road and in the grassy area along East College Avenue. Please avoid parking in front of Frye’s/Moyer’s as […]CONTINUE READING
Thursday, October 1
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
@ Centre Furnace Mansion
View the photos from the 2015 Day of Caring!
2015 Day of Caring Thank You!
The Day of Caring is a county […]CONTINUE READING
Friday, September 25, 2015
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Zembo Shrine Center
2801 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA 17110
We are proud to announce that Jackie Melander will receive the Henry A. Jordan Award at the 2015 […]CONTINUE READING
For over 25 years the Centre County Historical Society has recognized various individuals and groups for their outstanding work in helping preserve and interpret Centre County’s history. The public is invited to nominate individuals or organizations that have a commitment to […]CONTINUE READING
Every single person in the country has places that are important to them. Places they care about. Places that matter. We want to see and celebrate the places that matter to you.
Download and print the sign or add […]CONTINUE READING
On May 5th & 6th the Centre County Historical Society will participate in Centre Gives, a 36-hour online giving event sponsored by the Centre Foundation.
From 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 5th, to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 6th, donors can visit […]CONTINUE READING
The 2014 John H. Ziegler Historic Preservation Awards presentation is available for your viewing online.
CCHS extends its sincere thanks to the Centre County Government for graciously sponsoring CNET for the filming of the 26th Annual John H. Ziegler Historic […]CONTINUE READING
Thank you for the 2014 Stocking Stuffer Many, many enthusiastic thanks to all who contributed to the 12th Annual Stocking Stuffer Antiques, Art and fine Craft Show to make it the most successful ever! To be sure, CCHS relies on business and individual supporters, its loyal membership, fundraisers, and the literally thousands of hours of [...]CONTINUE READING
Holiday Note: The CCHS office will be closed Wednesday, December 24 – Thursday, January 1. There will also be no tours during this time. Office hours and tours will resume on Friday, January 2.
Be sure to visit the decorated […]CONTINUE READING
Make this holiday a special one with a gift that is a little piece of history, art and charm! Since 2011, pewter artist, Jerry Jackson, has been working with the Centre County Historical Society to create a series of commemorative pewter ornaments in the likeness of the historic Centre Furnace Mansion, Stack and Centre Furnace [...]CONTINUE READING
CCHS extends its sincere thanks to the Centre County Government for graciously sponsoring CNET for the filming of the 26th Annual John H. Ziegler Historic Preservation Awards of the Centre County Historical Society. The 2014 John H. Ziegler Historic Preservation Awards presentation is available in its entirety for you to view online. Each year for 25 years, [...]CONTINUE READING
Thank You!! The PNC Bank – Col. Gerald Russell United Way Day of Caring At the Centre Furnace Mansion and the Boogersburg School Thursday, October 2, 2014 It has been said that, at its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future. -William Murtagh, first [...]CONTINUE READING
Information from past exhibits is now online for:
Centre County and the Civil War.
Those Who Came Before – The Archaeology of Centre County’s Native Americans.
And the Benner Commerce Park Archaeological Report was added to the Building on the Past […]CONTINUE READING
Many gatherings have taken place on these grounds over the last 220 years. On June 19, 1896 Mary Armstrong Elliott Beaver, also known as Grandma Beaver, recorded in her diary that the ladies of Centre Furnace Mansion hosted a tea […]CONTINUE READING
“A War, Three Women and a Tradition: The History of Boalsburg in the Civil War”
A new book about the role that Boalsburg played in the Civil War has just been released to commemorate Memorial Day.
Thank you! To ALL who made the CCHS Plant Celebration possible -- from planning, planting, preparation, painting, selling, educating, baking, and clean up, generous donations and time given as well as all of you who arrived and left with armloads of beautiful plants -- we cannot thank you enough!! Your warmth, generosity and hospitality welcomed [...]CONTINUE READING
With your help, CCHS has reached $10,395 in funding through the Centre Gives Campaign! Your contributions aid CCHS efforts to preserve its historic properties and collections and support outreach through programming for all ages.
Thank you on behalf of Centre County […]CONTINUE READING
We are counting down the days until Centre Gives 2014! But first, a huge Thank You! to our Facebook followers who helped the Centre Foundation secure an extra $5,000 for Centre Gives in an online contest sponsored by Give Local America. […]CONTINUE READING
It is time once again to put on your gardening gloves and join the Gardeners of Centre Furnace Mansion! The gardening season at CFM is flanked by workgroups in the spring and the United Way Day of Caring in the […]CONTINUE READING
The winter weather did not stop over 70 volunteers, 40 businesses and organizations, 60 antique dealers, artists and crafters, and nearly 600 shoppers from participating in the festivities of a beautifully decorated Mansion.CONTINUE READING
As expressed by Darwin Braund, the awards program master of ceremonies, the Historic Preservation Awards is our local “historic hall of fame” for individuals and organizations, and their various historic preservation projects. This year, on the 25th anniversary, several new worthy recipients were added to the long list of 165 honorees to date. The 2013 [...]CONTINUE READING
(Click to enlarge photos) Thank You!! The 2013 PNC Bank Centre County United Way Day of Caring At the Centre Furnace Mansion and the Boogersburg Schoolhouse Thursday, October 3, 2013 View more photos on Facebook! The Day of Caring is a countywide day of service for qualifying non-profit organizations that engages individuals and organizations [...]CONTINUE READING
CCHS Hosted "History: It’s Everyone’s Business" CBICC Business After Hours at the Centre Furnace Mansion August 8, 2013 The Centre County Historical Society extends its special thanks to our sponsors, partners and individuals who contributed to the Business After Hours event on August 8! CCHS remains a [...]CONTINUE READING
History Talk May 15th
New Research into the Boalsburg Memorial Day
State College, PA – The Centre County Historical Society (CCHS) invites the public to attend a program regarding research about the founding women of the […]CONTINUE READING
The Centre County Historical Society is hosting a new exhibit titled “A Common Canvas: Pennsylvania’s New Deal Post Office Murals” at the Centre Furnace Mansion now through December 22, 2013.CONTINUE READING
On a post office kick today…Pine Grove Mills Post Office next to the IOOF Hall.CONTINUE READING
State College, PA – The Centre County Historical Society will unveil a new exhibit titled “Shedding Light on the Past: Lighting Devices of the 18th and 19th Centuries” on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the Centre Furnace MansionCONTINUE READING
See the winners, photos and information about the 2012 Historic Preservation Awards.CONTINUE READING