Objects like samplers and fraktur often hold important historical context and family history. Examples in the exhibition are from Centre County, and more broadly Central PA for the most part.
Early Housing The Victorian Age Early Twentieth Century Architecture Bibliography View the PDF Centre County was, for the first half century or so of its history, cut off from more populated areas of Pennsylvania by the “Endless Mountains,” the long folded Appalachians that can be seen from nearly every point in the County. Because this […]
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.
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 […]
CCHS Library and Archives: 1. Comprehensive Historic Site Surveys for boroughs and townships in Centre County 2. National Register of Historic Places nomination forms for Centre County 3. Books and articles related to architecture and landscape architecture 4. Mansion within a Mansion: a booklet about the miniature Centre Furnace Mansion model 5. Homestead and Streetscape: […]