Centre County’s Black Civil War, Troops in the Struggle for Freedom

History Talk by William A. Blair, Ph.D.Sunday, February 11 at 2:00 p.m. RSVP REQUIRED Dr. William Blair, emeritus professor of history from Penn State, will present an illustrated talk based on his fresh research into local history which, at times, unearths treasures. Such is the case with the story of the military service of Centre […]


Penn State President Neeli Bendapudi today dedicated a new campus historical marker titled “Birthplace of Penn State” at Centre Furnace Mansion, home of the Centre County Historical Society. In her second year as Penn State’s president, Bendapudi has visited all of Penn State’s campuses across the Commonwealth. Today’s visit was her first to Centre Furnace […]


OF THE CENTRE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2024, 3:00 P.M. Pennsylvania Match Factory, 100 Match Factory Place,  Bellefonte, PA Since 1988, the Centre County Historical Society (CCHS) has annually recognized individuals and organizations for their outstanding work in preserving and interpreting Centre County history. Historic preservation and advocacy projects from around the county […]

2023 Stocking Stuffer

21st ANNIVERSARYSTOCKING STUFFER MAGICAL HOLIDAY MARKETEvent Sponsor: Mimi Barash CoppersmithRack Card Sponsor: The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau FRI & SAT, December 1 & 2, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and SUN, December 3, Noon – 4:00 p.m. @ The Centre Furnace Mansion × 1001 E. College Ave. × State College, PA $5.00 Admission Ring in the […]

History of Radio in Centre County

Encyclopedia Live Talk by David DzikowskiSunday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. RSVP REQUIRED David Dzikowski is a Teaching Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State.  He was the Manager of WPSU-FM, Penn State’s NPR station from 1986 to 1997 and the Assistant Director for Public Broadcasting – Radio at WKYU-FM, Bowling Green, Kentucky […]

2023 Boogersburg Open House

The school bell will be ringing at the historic Boogersburg One-Room School on Sunday, September 10, 2023 starting at 1:00 p.m. to welcome children of all ages back to school!  Come any time in the afternoon from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., enjoy refreshments, learn about the school’s history, join in recess games, try your hand […]

Centre County Explorers Day

Your Passport to Centre County HistorySunday, June 4, 2023 The Centre County Historical Society is holding a Centre County Explorers Day for visitors of all ages at the Centre Furnace Mansion on Sunday, June 4, 2:00-5:00 p.m. To celebrate the newly designed Centre County Explorers Passport, visitors will have the opportunity to pick up a […]

Up, Up, and Away: Sherm Lutz and the State College Air Depot

Up, Up and Away: Sherm Lutz and the State College Air Depot

In the beginning of the 20th century, aviation was not a technology on the minds of most everyday folk.  A technology known for its dangerous crashes and malfunctions, aviation failed to resonate as a meaningful science.  Centre County’s own pilot pioneer, Sherman “Sherm Lutz” embraced the adventure, but also had a grander vision of bringing commercial airline flights to the region.

Tough Times and Lasting Legacies

Tough Times and Lasting Legacies: The Great Depression, the New Deal, and Centre County Presented by the Centre County Historical Society in 2008. Pennsylvania’s history as an industrial leader made it especially vulnerable to the economic breakdown that epitomized the 1930s and the Great Depression. Within four years of the stock market crash of 1929, […]