Centre County Women in the American Red Cross – Celebrating a Centennial

The State College Chapter of the American Red Cross was founded on March 27, 1917 by Katharine Cotton Sparks. It was Katharine’s dream to bring the forces of town and gown together to improve the welfare of the community through an emergency response organization.

As we celebrate the Centennial of the Centre Communities Chapter of the American Red Cross, it is fitting that we highlight the role’s of Hilda Patton Thompson and her sister Alice Irvin Thompson that spanned over WWI and WWII.

Hilda and Alice Thompson, granddaughters of Moses & Mary Thompson of Centre Furnace, were both fervid humanitarians. They supported the men overseas through their unstoppable efforts at the Red Cross clubs and battlefield relief work during WWI and WWII. Neither Hilda nor Alice ever gave up the ideals instilled in them through their training, and both carried on volunteering after their retirement.

This display will be on view August 16, 2017 through February 2018 during regular tour hours Wednesday/Friday/Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Centre Furnace Mansion.

Join us September 10, 2017 @ 2:00 p.m. for “An Afternoon with Clara Barton”.


“An Afternoon with Clara Barton” is presented as a first person presentation with Miss Barton recalling one of her battlefield memories giving guests the experience of attending one of Miss Barton‘s 300 lectures she gave after the Civil War.


Presented by Jennifer Zukowski as Miss Clara Barton.  This has been a highly anticipated program that we expect will be well attended, please note that there is limited seating in the Hearth Room and the program is first come first served.  There is additional parking on the grass lot in front of the Centre Furance Mansion and in front of Frye’s-Moyers Sweeper & Sewing Center and behind Esber’s Rugs.  This program is open to the public.  Admission to the program is FREE. Donations are appreciated.