Centre County’s iron industry began with the building of Centre Furnace in 1791 – only the second charcoal iron furnace in the area known as the Juniata Iron Region. The region had been scouted for its raw materials potential, and entrepreneurs found everything they needed in central Pennsylvania. They came looking for the success and […]
In 2001, Elizabeth Cannon of State College donated her collection of 844 picture postcards to the Centre County Historical Society, dating from 1900 to 1965, from all the towns and villages of Centre County. CCHS archives volunteer, Monty Christiansen, spent nearly three years cataloging this collection uncovering fascinating county history disclosed on both sides of […]
Congratulations Schlow Library for 60 years of continued service to the State College community. This is a compilation of photos of downtown State College in the 1950s-60s.
Congratulations to the 2020 recipients of the John H. Ziegler Historic Preservation Awards of the Centre County Historical Society! Since 1988, through the John H. Ziegler Annual Historic Preservation Awards, CCHS honors members and organizations who have contributed in some way to the preservation of Centre County History. Learn more!
Centre Furnace Mansion became a quiet retreat after the first generation of Thompson children grew up and moved away from home, and Moses and Mary settled into old age. But in the last decade of the nineteenth century the Mansion was to come alive again as another generation of young people filled the house with […]
Centre Furnace ironmasters James Irvin and Moses Thompson’s longest-lasting contribution to the economic well-being of Centre County was not iron, but support of agriculture and education. In 1855 their offer of land and money beat out six other counties vying for the attention of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Society. The Society built their Farmers’ High School […]
Her Stories: Documenting the Role of Women in Local History Alice Irvin Thompson “Hers was a great, full, unselfish, noble, and rich life. She is one of the World War II casualties…many of us less worthy should always keep her example before us. It was a high privilege to know her.” This statement, expressed by […]
There is a rich collection of historic houses in the Spring Creek Watershed, some of them more than 200 years old. They range from individual properties located on or near Spring Creek or its tributaries to those included in the historic villages and towns that evolved from original small settlements. They are significant through their […]
bar iron: a smaller size of raw iron than a pig, easier to handle by blacksmiths. Some bar iron also went to rolling mills, which rolled the iron into much smaller thicknesses, or slitting mills, which made iron rods for products like nails or wire bellows: a device that contracts a current or air through […]
With the help of conservation-focused nonprofit organizations, environmental educators, and county conservation districts, the Spring Creek Watershed Atlas provides the tools you need to build a comprehensive understanding of the interconnecting systems that make up our watershed. This website, containing a wealth of educational resources concerning the Spring Creek Watershed, is designed to serve the […]