Militia Companies

Militias played a central role in antebellum Centre County, teaching men military discipline and arms skills to ensure their readiness for war. The volunteer companies also served as fraternal organizations that linked members to the communities. The first militias in the county were in the mode of a centuries-old militia tradition that English settlers had […]

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial

The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial and Andrew G. Curtin statue in Bellefonte honor Centre County veterans and Pennsylvania’s Civil War governor. Dedicated on June 8, 1906, the memorial and statue stand in front of the county courthouse on the Diamond in the center of town. Approximately 3,800 names on 20 bronze panels honor Centre County […]

Pennsylvania Military Museum

The Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg preserves the state’s military history and honors the soldiers from all branches of the United States armed services. The museum opened in 1968 on the grounds of the 28th Infantry Division Shrine established by prominent Boalsburg resident, Theodore Boal. It is operated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. […]

Hilda Thompson

Hilda Patton Thompson was a passionate humanitarian who founded the State College chapter of the American Red Cross Motor Corps. She continued her work with the Red Cross, holding leadership positions during World War I and World War II. Thompson was born at Centre Furnace on August 28, 1893, to James Irvin Thompson and Mary […]

Civil War

Camp Curtin

“Such times and scenes were witnessed in this beautiful valley during these last two weeks were never before dreamt of much less imagined,” Samuel Gramly of Rebersburg wrote in a journal on August 31, 1862. A school teacher in Brush Valley, Gramly had marveled at the recruitment and enlistment of dozens of local men into […]



The Armory, built in 1892 to provide military training for Penn State students, was a landmark campus building until it was demolished in 1964 to provide space for a new wing for undergraduate classrooms in Willard Building. The then-Pennsylvania State College built the Armory as a symbol of its commitment to the Morrill Land Grant […]

Andrew G. Curtin

Andrew Curtin portrait

Andrew Gregg Curtin was the governor of Pennsylvania during the Civil War and one of President Abraham Lincoln’s staunchest supporters. Curtin was born in Bellefonte on April 22, 1815. His father, Roland Curtin, owned the Eagle Ironworks, and his mother, Jane Gregg, was the daughter of U.S. Senator Andrew Gregg, Curtin’s namesake. Curtin attended Bellefonte […]