Centre County Explorers Day

YOUR PASSPORT TO CENTRE COUNTY HISTORIC AND CULTURAL SITES SUNDAY JUNE 9, 2:00—5:00 p.m., CENTRE FURNACE MANSION RAIN OR SHINE! 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 9, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to pick […]

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 […]

Reporting the Civil War

March 26, 2023 Professor Ford Risley will present an illustrated talk, “Reporting the Civil War,” based on his book, Civil War Journalism. The talk will be held on March 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the Centre Furnace Mansion. The Civil War was the first American war widely reported by newspapers and magazines. Hundreds of correspondents, […]

Rethinking 322

Rethinking 322, Strategies for the Proposed State College Area Connector in Penns-Brush Valley is a new resource booklet designed to help inform local residents’ responses to PennDOT’s State College Area Connector project — is now available online from the Centre County Historical Society, at CentreHistory.org/connector. The booklet is the outgrowth of a partnership between Department […]

“​Penn State Blue Band”

Talk and Book Signing by Thomas E. Range II and Lewis LazarowSunday, October 23, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.At Centre LifeLink EMS, 125 Puddintown Road, State College, PA Thomas E. Range II and Lewis Lazarow, will present an illustrated talk: Penn State Blue Band. ​The Penn State Blue Band has been performing for over enthusiastic fans […]

Envisioning the Future: Creative Approaches to Transportation Corridors 

Presentation by Dan Marriott, PhD., Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Penn State   Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 7:00-8:30 p.m. At Centre LifeLink EMS, 125 Puddintown Road, State College, PA “The builders of tomorrow’s roads must be practical dreamers.”  -Victoria Faber Stevenson, American Highways, 1919  The Centre County Historical Society is hosting a forum for community […]

Ring the Bell!

BOOGERSBURG SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, September 11, 1:00—4:00 p.m. State College, PA – The school bell will be ringing at the historic Boogersburg One-Room School on Sunday, September 11, 2022 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 […]