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, […]

Those Who Came Before: The Archaeology of Centre County’s Native Americans

Those Who Came Before – The Archaeology of Centre County’s Native Americans, explored the rich history of the people who lived in Central Pennsylvania for thousands of years before Euro Americans arrived.  This exhibit was presented in 2011 by the Centre County Historical Society, the Bald Eagle Archaeological Society, and the Matson Museum of Anthropology […]

Centre County Architecture Bibliography

Blumenson, John. Identifying American Architecture: Pictorial Guide to Styles and Terms, 1600-1945. Nashville: American Association for State & Local History, 1977. Carley, Rachel. Visual Dictionary of American Domestic Architecture. New York: Henry Holt, 1994. Downing, Andrew Jackson. The Architecture of Country Houses. New York: Dover, 1850/1969. Downing, Andrew Jackson. Victorian Cottage Residences. New York: Dover, […]

Everyday Iron

Iron Objects of the 18th and 19th Centuries Everyday Iron explores the progression from “furnace to market”, with a special emphasis on the role of the blacksmith. This exhibit featured a rich and wide variety of over 100 iron artifacts from CCHS, private collectors and other local historical organizations, this broad range of artifacts made […]