1001 E. College Ave. 16801
We invite you to join us for an outdoor reception to re-introduce the Jackie’s Joinery Tools for Working Wood exhibit! This is a come and go event. Dick Pencek and Jim Belko will be available to answer questions about the project and the tools that are on display.
The early 20th century outbuildings at the Centre Furnace Mansion add charm, color and interest to the grounds, but they also serve a vital purpose. The lower shed provides critical storage for our garden tools and other supplies. Named for our emerita CCHS Board President, Jackie Melander, the upper “Jackie’s Joinery” shed contains the Richard W. Pencek Collection of carpentry and wood working tools donated by Dick Pencek. Dick went on to use the outbuildings as a hands-on educational tool in his Penn State American Studies class to teach the old ways of approaching building techniques while implementing much needed repairs to the buildings. Jackie’s Joinery has continued to provide educational opportunities through CCHS programs and Penn State Integrative Arts. The most recent project was a past due roof replacement for Jackie’s Joinery. Newly graduated History major, Jim Belko spearheaded this project with Dick’s guidance and donation of materials through his emeritus teaching fund at Penn State.
No stranger to construction, Jim generously contributed his knowledge, initiative and passion for history to the project. Many special thanks to Jim and Dick for their time and talent in this effort, and to Alan Popovich, Chenzie Grignano, Lou Mayer, Katie O’Toole, Carol and Steve Gentry, Jackie Melander, Floyd Todd, Johanna Sedgwick, Peter Sorensen, Marshall and Jim Garrett for their support!