About Us

Founded in 1904, the Centre County Historical Society (CCHS) is the oldest and largest history organization in the county, serving as the official historical society of Centre County. It is a membership and volunteer based educational non-profit organization that works collaboratively with local, regional, county and state organizations to preserve and promote the area’s historic, cultural, and natural resources through programs and exhibitions, archival and artifact collections, and publications. ​

CCHS owns and manages the historic Centre Furnace Mansion and grounds and the Boogersburg One-room School.


Our mission is to build a critical understanding of our past, engage the issues of the present and guarantee a future which preserves our history and heritage for a diverse Centre County. To discover, collect, preserve, interpret, educate, advocate, present, and promote the county’s history and culture.


Centre County Historical Society aspires to enrich the lives of the public by connecting to the stories, people, and events of Centre County through time.