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 Boalsburg Memorial Day traditions.  This History Talk, titled “A War, Three Women, and a Tradition” will be presented by Bob Hazelton and Cathy Horner on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Centre Furnace Mansion at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is free; donations are welcome.

The recent rediscovery of Civil War era letters from a Boalsburg family has sparked new research behind the Memorial Day tradition, resulting in an in-depth look into the lives of the three women credited with having started Memorial Day.  The letters provide a first-hand account of life in Boalsburg during that most threatening time in our history.  The research has extended to distant parts of our country, providing details and photos never before assembled, and a unique view of the Civil War, its impact on Boalsburg, and the creation of Memorial Day.

At this History Talk, a temporary exhibit will open at the Centre Furnace Mansion, displaying objects and documents borrowed from the Boalsburg Heritage Museum.

The Centre Furnace Mansion is located at 1001 E. College Avenue, State College, PA 16801.  Event parking is available in the Mansion parking lot off Porter Road, and on the lower lawn along College Avenue.  For information about this program and other upcoming Historical Society events, please call (814) 234-4779, or visit www.CentreCountyHistory.org.