A permanent exhibit of early American tools opened at the Centre Furnace Mansion on Sunday, April 14, 2002. The tools were a gift to the Historical Society from the private collection of Penn State American Studies Professor, Richard W. Pencek. The exhibit was researched, designed, and installed by two former students of Professor Pencek, Rebecca Rudolph and Karen Gossman.
The outbuilding that houses the exhibit dates from the late nineteenth century and was restored by Professor Pencek and students in his American Studies 415 class. The exhibit is open to the public on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday (when weather permits), from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Please let the docent know that you are interested in seeing it. This exhibit was used for an educational program for students from the State College Friends School in the spring of 2003 and the history club in the spring of 2005.
During the summer of 2017 the exhibit building received a new roof, paint and was re-installed. 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, Floyd Todd, Johanna Sedgwick, Peter Sorensen, Marshall and Jim Garrett for their support!