Through March 20, 2016
@ Centre Furnace Mansion
Open tour hours: Sun/Mon/Wed 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Admission is free; donations are welcome.
Everyday Iron explores the iron story and the role that Iron played in the 18th and 19th centuries in our nation and in the early growth of Centre County. From the furnace fire to the blacksmith at the foundry, discover how iron objects made it to the marketplace.
The role of the blacksmith will be told through the tools of the trade and photos of 19th century blacksmiths in Centre County. The exhibition will feature a rich variety of artifacts that were used for “household, business and just for nice” along with photos of some of the furnaces, foundries and “smithys” who were involved in the process creating these essentials of 18th and 19th century life.
Everyday Iron has been organized by the Centre County Historical Society in collaboration with Boalsburg Heritage Museum and the Pasto Agricultural Museum of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. Everyday Iron Exhibition Committee: Richard Pencek, Cathy Horner, Diane and James Farr, Ann and George Moellenbrock, Debra and Charles Nydegger, Barbara and Chenzie Grignano, Paula Ralph, Rita Graef, Robert Hazelton, Johanna Sedgwick and Mary Sorensen. With special thanks to Lewis and Gail Biddle, Tim Bradford, Marilynn Lewis, Robert and Joan Conrad. Artifacts are from CCHS collections, Boalsburg Heritage Museum and private collections.
Photography by Fredric Weber, Penn State College of Arts and Architecture Graphic design by David Lembeck. Map artwork by Jeffery Mathison. Funding for the exhibition has been provided by the Richard W. Pencek Penn State Emeritus Teaching Award. Printing sponsored in part by Jaru Associates, Inc.