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NEWS of OCTOBER 20, 2022...
Clearfield County Historical Society
hosts 65th dinner and awards presentation
Thursday evening, October 20, 2022,
at the 'Copper Cork Event Center', Clearfield.
Board President Denny Shaffner served as the master of ceremonies. He welcomed nearly 100
patrons, guests and board members to the event. He said the society had not held a dinner since 2019 and he was delighted with the turnout.
The society recognized two men for their love of local history and their work to educate their communities.
Mike Butler of Clearfield and Rusty Christoff of Houtzdale both display historical photos and items of
interest on Facebook pages. Butler’s “I’m from Clearfield County, PA” and Christoff’s “You know you lived in Houtzdale when or if you remember…” have numerous followers. Both were presented a
certificate on behalf of the society.
Six directors were approved by the membership for reappointments to three-year terms on the board. They are Becky Hummel, Clearfield; Gweneth Fox, Clearfield; Julie Houston, Morrisdale; John Warsing, Madera; Bob Eshelman, Curwensville; and Paula Miller, Clearfield.
They join Shaffner, Rockton; Scott Kolesar, West Decatur; Cathy Larson, Lanse; Sharon Aaron, Curwensville; Fred Ralston, Clearfield; Mary Kay Royer, Frenchville; Brent Thomas, Clearfield; Chris Watson, Philipsburg; Ken Leonard, Frenchville; Jack Woolridge, Clearfield; Catherine Hughes, Clearfield; Susan Williams, Clearfield; Pat Pallo, Clearfield;
and Justina Gaylor, Clearfield.
Members also recognized the volunteers that staffed its museum, The Kerr House, during the 2022 season. Hummel told the number of hosts and hostesses who attended the dinner, “If it weren’t for you, we couldn’t host guests and visitors. Thank you for all the time you have spent volunteering and making the museum a vibrant part of our county.”
Those honored are Tom Aaron, Janice Aleksavicsh, Becca Anderson, Phyllis Bauman, Sue Bell, Nadine Bressler, Earl Buck, Judy Clark, Eric Fox, Shirley Hatten, Barb Homer, Bob Homer, Cindy Irwin, Karl Leidhecker, Lois Leitzinger, Lynn McKenzie, Linda Pollock, Ann Reid, Wendy Salvatore,
Dr. Donna Tubbs and Sue Young.
The speaker for the evening was historical researcher John Forcey, of Clearfield, who is writing a book about local land surveys
conducted in 1794 in what would become Clearfield County.
Forcey spoke about a camp that was established by Surveyor Samuel Wallace and the employees under him who were working for the Holland Co. The camp was located near the mouth of Anderson Creek.
NEWS of OCTOBER 9, 2022 -
Sunday, October 9th, 2022
at the 'Bloody Knox' Cabin of the
Clearfield County Historical Society!
Come, bring the whole family for a free afternoon of great fun!
NEWS of AUGUST 2nd, 2022 - 'Derby Day' photo collection!
Clearfield County Historical Society Volunteers enjoy helping make Osceola Mills, Columbia Fire Company, News of 4th of July, parade a success in 2022 !
....a great time, had by all, in Osceola Mills!
News of ...April 1, 2022
The Clearfield County Historical Society Board of Directors is thrilled to welcome our newest board member, Justina Gaylor. She has been an active volunteer
with the Historical Society since she was a young girl.
Justina has been a lifelong resident of Clearfield. She graduated from Clearfield High School and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in Systems Analysis Mathematics, with a minor in Economics and a minor in Business. Upon graduation from Penn State she accepted a job with CNB Bank as a Credit Analyst.
Some of Justina’s interests include spending time with friends, playing with her dog, playing volleyball and video games, traveling and catching up on streaming shows.
Justina is also an active volunteer throughout Clearfield County participating in blood drives, helping with projects at Bethany Retreat Center in Frenchville, Relay for Life and volunteering at West Side United Methodist Church.
Justina is looking forward to learning more about the rich history of Clearfield County and using her talents to assist in all aspects at the Historical Society.
Pictured: Brent Thomas, CCHS Nominating Committee and Justina Gaylor, Board Member, CCHS.
NEWS of June 24, 2021
Historical Society to Conditionally Reopen Research Center
The Board of Directors of the Clearfield County Historical Society will reopen its Alexander Research Center, at 511 Van Valzah Avenue, in Clearfield, adjacent to the Kerr House Museum.
The available hours are Thursdays and Sundays, from 1:30 until 4:30; beginning Thursday, July 8.
The Center will be closed on Labor Day weekend.
The Center houses historical and genealogical books, microfilm reels, and wide a variety of printed and visual materials to enable researchers and visitors.
Due to lesser but ongoing Covid concerns, the board will reopen the Research Center with conditions. The board’s reasoning for the conditional reopening is to protect members of its all volunteer staff; some of whom have personal health concerns which may be intensified by a possible Covid or variant infection.
The center receives visitors and researchers from throughout Pennsylvania and the United States from which possible Covid variants may still be present. The board also expressed concerns for the health and safety of local researchers.
Conditions for reopening are as follows:
• Researchers and visitors must make an appointment on a first come, first serve basis in order to use the center.
• Appointments can be made by calling 814-768-7318. Visitors will be asked to leave their contact information with the Center’s voice mail to confirm their requested date of appointment.
• A limit of six researchers/visitors will be in place to ensure social distancing as the Research Center’s room design space is limited.
• Masks must be worn for the duration of the time spent inside the Research Center.
• The board requests, but does not mandate, that fully vaccinated persons come inside the center.
The board expressed its regret for such conditions and looks forward to a return to a free access to the center; as was done in the past. Members are also deeply grateful for the public’s cooperation.
As a reminder, the Kerr House Museum at 104 East Pine Street, in Clearfield, is open public visitation on Thursdays and Sundays from 1:30 until 4:30. Admission is free of charge and self guided tour brochures are available. Individuals and families of all ages are welcome
The museum is displaying local artifacts that reflect old fashioned and Victorian era funeral rights. A small room has been set aside as a Mourning Room to show how county residents displayed, buried and mourned their deceased family and friends.
The Music/Sports/Local Political Memorabilia Room has been painted and rearranged. The room contains a fascinating show of local community and school athletic artifacts as well as those of community bands. Political campaign materials from various county residents who sought elected office are also on display.
News from Monday, April 26, 2021
CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield County Historical Society’s Board of Directors met this week, by phone conference, to plan the opening of the
Kerr House Museum, at 104 E. Pine St., in Clearfield, to visitors on Sunday, May 2.
The museum will be available to visitors during our traditional hours, each Sunday and Thursday, from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. ....Visitors are required to wear masks while inside the museum and are asked not to touch displays as a precaution against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The museum will be closed on Sundays, May 30, July 4 and Sept. 5 in observance of holiday weekends.
An update will be announced in the coming months regarding the status of the annual Apple Cider Festival at the Bloody Knox Cabin and the CCHS annual dinner, both held in October.
More information will be released regarding the changes and additions to museum displays.
Unfortunately, the Alexander Research Center will still remain closed to researchers until further notice. This reluctant decision was made because the center’s size cannot ensure proper social distancing to protect researchers and volunteer board members.
In other business:
News of Thursday, August 20, 2020
Historical Society Cancels Fall Events; Plans Book Sale
The Clearfield County Historical Society’s Board of Directors met last week and unanimously, but regrettably, voted to cancel the Apple Cider Festival at the historic Bloody Knox Cabin as well as the Annual Society Dinner. Both events have traditionally been held in October. The board cited Covid-19 virus concerns, regarding large group gatherings, for the cancellations.
In view of this month’s successful book sale, held on the large front porch of the Kerr House Museum; the board agreed to host another sale on Sunday, September 13, from 1:30 until 4:30. Many county historical books and maps will be available for sale. The board noted that there is an increased interest in local historical reading since more people are spending more time at home due to virus precautions. The books and maps also make valued gifts. <selections can be previewed here!
The museum will be available for individual and guided tours. The board stressed that masks will again be required to be worn in order to enter the building and must be worn for the duration of the visit.
In other business:
Friday, July 24, 2020
Clearfield County Historical Society met on July 21 to plan and create guidelines for a trial reopening of the Kerr House Museum to be held Sunday, Aug. 9, from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m. Regulations regarding the COVID-19 virus will be prominently posted. The Alexander Research Center will remain closed.
The number of visitors will be limited at given times to ensure social distancing. Masks will be mandatory fmust be worn while touring inside. Visitors are asked not to touch the displays.
Two new displays will be on hand for viewing. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th US constitutional amendment which guaranteed women the right to vote. Photos and artifacts from the women’s suffrage campaign in Clearfield County are on display.
Likewise, the Society will feature a display recounting the local impact of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic that took the lives of hundreds of county residents and brought everyday activity to a near halt for months.
Society board members will sponsor a book sale to promote the republication of the 1922 James Mitchell Lumbering and Rafting book. The cost of the book is $14, which includes PA sales tax.
In other business, the board noted:
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Historical Society Holds
“Christmas In October” Book Sale
The Clearfield County Historical Society will hold its next book sale on the
porch of the Kerr House Museum on
Sunday, October 11, at 1:30 until 4:30 p.m.
The sale will take the place of the one held traditionally in December, before the onset of cold weather and to maintain social distancing while outdoors. The inventory of local historical works and the Sam King series of maps of north central Pennsylvania will be available for sale.
Listings with details can be found by
clicking> 'Buy A Book' !
Both book and map items have been popular to use as Christmas gifts.
We offer a 10% discount off the listed prices. The newly republished, James Mitchell Lumbering and Rafting book, the Public Spirit collection of Clearfield County genealogy and anecdotes, and the Back In The Day Cookbook will all be featured with the society’s entire inventory.
Museum tours will be available with the wearing of masks again required to enter the building. Visitors need to wear masks while inside.
The public is welcome to attend and browse.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Clearfield County Historical Society’s Board Meets On Museum Lawn
The Clearfield County Historical Society’s Board of directors met last week on the Kerr House lawn, in order to maintain proper social distancing. The board thanked all who helped to place 13 star US flags on the graves of revolutionary War soldiers who are buried in Clearfield County; in honor of the Memorial Day holiday.
Regrettably, but unanimously, the board agreed not to open the Alexander Research Center this year, due to the Covid-19 virus danger. It is not possible, given the size of the building and the amount of researchers from many parts of Pennsylvania and the US, who use the facility, to accommodate social distancing and to insure a twice weekly sanitizing of research materials and fixtures.
Cathie Hughes, Genealogy Committee Chair, explained that the committee will take genealogy inquires by regular mail. The committee will conduct research for the same $25 fee that has, for years, been charged for such research.
The decision to open the Kerr House Museum building to visitors will be made on a month to month basis. Presently, it remains closed. If the museum does open sometime later this year; masks and distancing will be required by all persons in the building. The number of visitors in the museum, at one time, will be limited.
The popular Night At the Museum event, previously scheduled for August, has been cancelled for this year.
In other business; the board reviewed and discussed
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
County Historical Society Meets Using Conference Call Due To 'Covid-19'...!
Clearfield County Historical Society Board Meets Using Conference Call
The Clearfield County Historical Society’s Board of Directors, in keeping with Covid-19 restrictions; met by means of a phone conference call on April 21. The board emphasized that its museum and research facilities will not open, as previously scheduled, on May 3 and the May 10 Mothers Day Tea is cancelled. The facilities remain closed until Governor Wolf, in conjunction with Pennsylvania health authorities, deem it safe to reopen.
The board nominated and elected its 2020 officers. They are David Wulderk, President; Scott Kolesar, 1st Vice President; Julie Houston, 2nd Vice President; Sharon Aaron, Secretary and Brent Thomas, Treasurer. Outgoing officers Susan Williams and Mary Kay Royer were thanked for their service and will continue as board members.
In other business, the board:
February 20, 2020
County Historical Society Meets
December 7th, 2019
The Clearfield County Historical Society
annual open house.....
October 24, 2019
CCHS hosts 64th annual dinner
and awards program.
The Clearfield County Historical Society held its 64th annual dinner and awards ceremony Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Pictured are, from left, society President David Wulderk, Speakers Jim Yarger & Diane Yarger, Janice Aleksivich honored for her many volunteer hours on behalf of the Society, Cathy Larson & Cathie Hughes, board members.
Publication Date - August 9, 2019
Clearfield Historical Society to Present “Night at the Museum”
Publication Date - April 16, 2019
Historical Society Reviews Website and Readies For
Museum and Research Center Opening
The Clearfield County Historical Society Board of Directors met recently at West Side United Methodist Church to review its comprehensive website. The presentation was made by Jim Moore, of Clearfield, who maintains the site for the CCHS.
Both the Kerr House Museum and Alexander Research Center will be open for visitors and researchers, beginning Sunday May 5. Hours of operation will be Sundays and Thursdays, from 1:30 until 4:30.
The museum and center will be closed:
· Sunday, May 26 for Memorial Day weekend
· Thursday, July 3 for Independence Day
· Sunday, September 1 for Labor Day weekend
· Sunday, October 13 for Apple Cider Festival at the Bloody Knox Cabin
· Thursday, October 23 for the CCHS Annual Dinner
The board received notification from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission of the approval of its annual $4000 grant. The board also noted that the printing of the 1897 Public Spirit history book of select Clearfield County townships is finished and will be available for sale for $26. The book was organized and edited by Diane and Jim Yarger formerly of Madera and Sanborn.
In other business, the board:
Ø Current membership stands at 669
Ø Set a museum work day for Sunday, April 28
Ø Approved participation in the Logs To Lumber program at Curwensville Area High School on May 17
Ø Welcomed the public to attend the Mother’s Day Tea event at the Kerr House Museum on Sunday, May 12
Heard an update about the planned CCHS cookbook and welcomed submitted recipes from members and those interested in adding to the book.
February 19, 2019
Clearfield County Historical Society Has Monthly Meeting
The Clearfield County Historical Society’s Board of Directors met on February 19, 2019 to discuss projects and events for the upcoming year. Our Mothers Day Tea is scheduled for Sunday May, 12 at the Kerr House Museum; shortly after the museum’s opening for the 2019 season.
The Society will again sponsor its Night At The Museum program, participate in the Clearfield County Fair Parade,
and present the Apple Cider Festival at the historic Bloody Knox Cabin in Kellytown.
The volunteer board has also conducted work days to continue to organize and file acquisitions received.
In other business the board:
October 25, 2018 ....from The Progress
Clearfield County Historical Society hosted its 63rd annual dinner and awards ceremony Thursday, October 25th, 2018 at Curwensville. Members of the board are in the first row, from left, Cathy Larson, Becky Hummel, Susan Williams, Gwen Fox, Julie Huston, Mary Kay Royer, Cathie Hughes, Brent Thomas and David Wulderk. I the back row are Bob Eshelman, Scott Kolesar, Jack Woolridge, Sharon Aaron, Fred Ralston, Dennis Shaffner and Paula Miller. The Progress Photo by Dianne Byers
Clearfield County Historical Society recognized its volunteersof the year, the dinner chairwoman, new board members and speaker at the annual dinner and awards ceremony Thursday, Oct. 25th, 2018. Pictured from left to right are: society president David Wulderk, volunteer of the year Jim Moore, dinner chhairwoman Cathy Larson, volunteer of the year Brent Thomas, speaker Rebecca Inlow, and new board members Paula Miller and Sharon Aaron. The Progress Photo by Dianne Byers
CURWENSVILLE — Members and guests of the Clearfield County Historical Society met for its 63rd annual dinner meeting and awards presentation Thursday evening.
More than 100 people attended the event held at St. Timothy Catholic Church’s social center, Curwensville.
The guest speaker was Rebecca Inlow of Osceola Mills, who detailed the subject of her recently completed book, “From Ashes to Beauty, The Rowland Story.”
Inlow’s book is about the birth and life of the Rowland Theatre that opened in 1917 in downtown Philipsburg and its founder, Charles Hedding Rowland, a businessman and later politician, who moved to Clearfield County to live in Houtzdale in 1874 when he was 13 years old.
He resided there until 1900 when he was managing the operations for a large coal mining operation there and was instrumental in launching the Altoona and Philipsburg Connecting Railroad, known locally as the Alley Popper, because he was tired of making concessions to get the coal from the mine into the market.
“In 1917, a coalman/politician took a chance on opening a theatre in a small town. He had no idea it would become his lasting legacy,” she told the audience.
Inlow’s book tells how the theatre developed from its inception through the present time when it has become a showcase for both movies and live entertainment. It is operated and cared for by volunteers.
“The Rowland Theatre is here today because the community has kept it alive,” she explained.
Proceeds from Inlow’s book benefit the theatre.
The master of ceremonies was Society President David Wulderk. He recognized Jim Moore and Brent Thomas as the society’s volunteers of the year. Moore manages the society’s website and Thomas is the board’s treasurer.
The society’s historical preservation and service award was given for work done over several years to rehabilitate the Clearfield County Home cemetery. Board member Dennis Shaffner related details of the work performed to cleanup the cemetery and the extensive work that was done to identify many of those interred there. He said going forward the cemetery would be cared for by the Clearfield County Probation Department.
In addition to Shaffner, Susan Williams, Gary Gilmore, Cathie Hughes, Chris Watson, Steve Banks, Bob Eshelman, Scott Kolesar and former and present Clearfield County Commissioners, Joan McMillen, Mark McCracken, John Sobel and Tony Scott, were honored for the roles each played in the project.
Board Member Susan Williams announced Cathie Hughes, Scott Kolesar, Cathy Larson, Ken Leonard, Mary Kay Royer, Brent Thomas and David Wulderk were re-elected to three-year terms. Sharon Aaron and Paula Miller were appointed to fill unexpired terms on the board. They join remaining board members Gweneth Fox, Julie Houston, Becky Hummel, Carol Laughlin, David Mayersky, Fred Ralston, Dennis Shaffner, John Warsing, Chris Watson and Jack Woolridge.
Wulderk reported on the 2018 events, including a Mother’s Day tea, the Night at the Museum and the Bloody Knox festival. He said the Night at the Museum was well-received by the community with about 350 people attending. There are plans to host it again with featuring portrayals of additional Clearfield County characters.
Wulderk also announced the upcoming Christmas open house and book sale on Dec. 8 at the Kerr House Museum.
Board Member Becky Hummel announced and thanked those who volunteered for the society during the 2018 season.
October 1, 2018
Clearfield County Historical Society with assistance from the Clearfield County Commissioners and other volunteers recently erected a new sign at the County Home Cemetery after spending years restoring it. Pictured from left are Vegetation Manager Jim Davis, Clearfield County Historical Society booard members Denny Shaffner, Bob Eshelman, Scott Kolesar and Chris Watson, volunteer Milk Miller, Clearfield County Commissioner John Sobel, and Clearfield County Historical Society board member Cathie Hughes.
One of the ongoing projects of the Clearfield County Historical Society board members and volunteers is documenting abandoned and forgotten burial grounds.
In 2010, the society investigated the location of the old County Home Cemetery in Lawrence Township located across the railroad tracks about 1,600 feet behind the former county home.
What the society found was an approximately one-acre piece of ground completely overgrown with brush and small trees with remnants of locust fence posts and barbed wire along one side. Although there are hundreds of graves, the society found only four tombstones.
The County Home opened in December 1895 and housed as many as 140 people in 1917, and 131 resided there in 1925. Burials started soon after opening, and the last burial was in 1951. According to one newspaper article published in 1901, there were 108 burials to-date.
And from a Clearfield Progress article in 1926, “All graves filled in and the entire 360 graves fixed up, and for the first time the name and date of death on each person buried therein appears on a tile and slate marker at the head of each grave.”
The society found no tile markers in the cemetery. However, piles of tiles were found at the edge of the area. The name and dates must have been painted on them as they contained no information. They were probably removed at some point to make it easier to mow. These tiles could have possibly come from neighboring Robinson Clay Works, c1915-1965.
CCHS, with support from the Clearfield County Commissioners, began a many-years project of restoring the cemetery.
Brush and trees were defoliated and cut. This was done with the assistance of board members, many community volunteers and Jim Davis of Vegetation Managers.
Although there is no public access to the site, the society was granted access for the project from the Clearfield Waste Water Treatment Plant.
After extensive research using decades of aerial maps, newspaper articles, courthouse records and researching books and files at the Alexander Research Center, the society has determined this small area contains almost 500 graves.
Only five of the graves are marked with tombstones.
Four of the stones were found during the initial investigation in 2010, and one was found in 2018 during the restoration.
While there are hundreds laid to rest here, the society has only 171 names of known persons.
A permanent sign has been installed, using posts from the County Home, with the name of the cemetery on one side and a list of the 171 people on the other.
Historical Society Meets To Plan Festival and Annual Dinner
The Clearfield County Historical Society met on Tuesday, September 18 to discuss plans for the Annual Apple Cider Festival which is scheduled for Sunday, October, 14, from 1:00 to 4:00 at the historic Bloody Knox Cabin in Kellytown. Board members were urged to be on hand to participate in the planned activities and supervise the displays. The festival is open free to the general public. Nineteenth century crafts and workmanship samples will be presented. A lecture on the historical significance of the site is scheduled for 1:30 and an egg toss contest will be held at 2:00. Free pumpkins will be given to children under the age of 12.
The board also reviewed plans for its Annual Dinner,scheduled for Thursday, October 25, at 6:00, at St. Timothy’s Church Hall in Curwensville. Rebecca Inlow, of Osceola Mills, author of The Roland Theater, From Ashes To Beauty will be the featured speaker.
Mrs. Inlow has written an impressive history of the premier theater of Philipsburg. Her book calls attention to Charles Rowland, originally of Houtzdale, who was a prime mover and financer of the theater in 1917. Rowland’s role in founding and serving as a corporate office of the Alley Popper Railroad, that once offered passenger and coal hauling service to the Moshannon Valley is also an integral part of the book. The book’s narrative traces the demise of the physical condition of the theater in the 1970’s to its magnificent restoration by community volunteers. Presently, the theater is operated by a volunteer board and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In other business, the board accepted the recommendations from its nominating committee to add Sharon Aaron, of Curwensville and Paula Miller, of Clearfield, as members of the Society’s board of directors.
The board also made plans for a photo opportunity, in conjunction with the Clearfield County Commissioners, to dedicate the new commemorative sign to be placed at the old Clearfield County Home Cemetery. A volunteer group has recently cleared the cemetery grounds in order to honor its historical presence in the county.
August 21, 2018
Clearfield County Historical Society Expresses Thanks
The Clearfield County Historical Society’s board of directors met on Tuesday, August 21, at the Alexander Research Center in Clearfield.
The board express its deep gratitude and appreciation for all who participated in and attended the August 16 Night At The Museum. The program was an outstanding success; that saw an estimated 350 people attend to see and hear volunteers portray a group of twenty individuals who played a role in Clearfield County’s rich historic past. The board agreed to repeat the same program format next summer; using some of same characters and adding others to the roster.
In other matters; the board discussed plans for the Annual Cider Festival at the historic Bloody Knox Cabin, in Kellytown; scheduled for Sunday, October 14, as well as its Annual Dinner which will be held at St. Timothy’s Church Hall in Curwensville on Thursday, October 25.
The board also reminded the public that the Kerr House Museum is open for tours and visitation on Thursdays and Sundays from 1:30 until 4:30, until the end of October. The adjacent Alexander Research Center will be open for genealogical and other research on the same days and hours.
July 17, 2018
The Clearfield County Historical met Tuesday, July 17th, and finalized its plans to participate in the Clearfield County Fireman’s Parade on Monday, July 30. The Society’s entry will center upon its Night At The Museum event which is planned for Thursday August 16, at 6:00, at the Kerr House Museum, at 104 East Pine Street, in Clearfield.
Society directors and friends will take the part of local Clearfield County historical characters, by each giving a first person description of their portrayed characters; from the 18th to the 20th century. The reenactors will dress in period clothing and take questions from those attending. The format will reflect the plot of the movie; Night At The Museum.
Snacks and refreshments will be available. An outdoor film; showing original footage of the 1938 Last Raft will be shown on the museum lawn. The event is entirely free of charge and is geared to be family friendly for young and old alike.
In other business;
Ø The board made plans to feature its museum and genealogy center on WTAJ-TV’s Central PA Live program on Monday, August 6 at 4:00 pm.
Ø Expressed its thanks and appreciation to the Clearfield Boro police officers for their routine night time checks of both the museum and research center.
Ø Society membership stands at 677.
June 19, 2018
Clearfield County Historical Society Plans 'Night At The Museum' Event
The Clearfield County Historical Society’s Board of Directors met on Tuesday, June 19 at the Alexander Research Center in Clearfield. The board expressed thanks to its members who planted flowers on the grounds of the Kerr House Museum.
The Society will again sponsor its historically themed entry in the Clearfield County Fair Parade on Monday, July 30.
The Board made plans to sponsor a Night At the Museum program at the Kerr House Museum on Thursday, August 16 at 6:00PM. Volunteers will dress the part of historical county figures and present a recounting of the lives and times of those whom they portray. Afterwards, after dark, original 1938 film footage of the famous and ill fated last raft on the Susquehanna River will be shown on the museum lawn by board member Jack Woolridge. The public is welcome attend and both events will be presented free of charge. Those attending are requested to bring a lawn chair.
The board also:
Ø Commended Rodney Bowers, of Clearfield, upon the publication of his book, This I Remember; which is a compiling of his periodic personal and historic memories that routinely appears in The Progress.
Ø Commended Ralph Seeley, of Bellefonte, for his new book, Indian Paths of Central Pennsylvania. Detailed information about Native American paths in Clearfield County is presented in the book.
Ø Thanked all who placed 13 star US flags on the graves of over two dozen Revolutionary War veterans who are buried in Clearfield County. Many photos of the graves and flags are available on the Society’s website at clearfieldcountyhistoricalsociety.org.
Ø Thanked and praised the board members and volunteers who have recently cleared and mowed the old Clearfield County Home cemetery. A sign will be erected listing the names of those buried there. The board also extended thanks to the Clearfield County Commissioners for their support of the project.
Ø Reminded the public that museum tours for individuals and groups are available on Thursdays and Sundays from 1:30 to 4:30 or by calling 378-5748. It also noted that the adjacent Alexander Research Center is open for genealogical and other research during the same hours. Trained volunteers will be available to offer help. The public is welcome!
Clearfield County Historical Society readying for the opening of its Kerr House Museum and Alexander Research Center on Sunday, May 6th, 2018.
The society’s 21-person, all-volunteer board encourages the public to visit both adjacent buildings to tour the displays and to explore their family history. “Clearfield County has a very rich history. (The museum) portrays a slice of life that’s gone forever,” President of the board of directors Dave Wulderk said. “It’s not just a big house with overstuffed furniture.” Admission and tours at both buildings are free of charge. Volunteers are posted at both to help researchers.
The society is attempting to reach a new audience this year with new events and displays. One notable happening is “Take Your Mother To The Museum Day” which will be on Mother’s Day, May 13. The museum will be open to honor mothers and their families. Tours will be offered, as well as cookies and refreshments. The public is welcome to this special event.
Wulderk reminds residents that the museum is not just for “notable families,” but “everyday, ordinary people.”
Because of the microfilm technology and courthouse records, The museum has become a popular attraction for those seeking to learn about their family history through genealogies. “We have a lot of resources that you just don’t find online,” The museum and the research center are frequented by school field trips, family reunions, and individuals of all ages eager to learn.
From DuBois to Osceola Mills, and everywhere in between, Wulderk said all parts of the county are represented and residents from all across the county are invited. “I have not found anyone, old or young, who walk away without learning something.”
The Kerr House Museum is located at 104 Pine St. and the Alexander Research Center is located at 511 Van Valzah St. Both are open on Sundays and Thursdays, 1:30pm to 4:30pm, from May 6 through the end of October.
Mother’s Day Event Planned By Historical Society
The Clearfield County Historical Society met on April 17, 2018 to make plans for the opening of the Kerr House Museum and the Alexander Research Center on Sunday, May 6. The board encouraged the public to visit both adjacent buildings and to tour the displays and probe their family genealogies. Admission and tours are free of charge. The board emphasized that its research center contains many local genealogy sources that are not found online. Volunteers will be posted to help researchers.
On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, the Society will sponsor a “Take Your Mother To The Museum Day”, from 1:30 until 4:30. The museum will be open to honor mothers and their families. Tours will be offered as well as cookies and refreshments. The public is welcome.
In other matters, the Board
· Reviewed its inventory of local historical books, maps and prints for sale
· Noted that the semi-annual Spring bulletin will be mailed soon to Society members
· Made plans to participate in the annual Logs To Lumber Day on Friday, May 18 at Curwensville Area High School. Samples of locally made maple syrup will be available for tasting samples.
· Scheduled house cleaning and display changes for the Kerr House Museum
· Received 13 star US flags to mark the graves of Revolutionary War veterans who are buried in Clearfield County in recognition of Memorial Day
· Examined the newly revised museum brochure
· Noted that the Frenchville Picnic will be held on July 21 and 22
· Noted that Society membership stands at 669.
Clearfield County Historical Society Board Meets
The Board of Directors of the Clearfield County Historical Society met, Tuesday, March 27 at the Alexander Research Center in Clearfield. Plans were made for the opening of both the museum and research center on Sunday, May 6. Both are located adjacent to each other and will be open to the public on Thursdays and Sundays, from 1:30 to 4:30, until the end of October.
The following items were undertaken:
Ø Thirteen star US flags were ordered, to be put on the grave sites of the county’s approximately thirty Revolutionary War veterans on Memorial Day.
Ø A work day was planned for Sunday, April 8, at 1:00, to ready the museum for its opening in May. The board extended a welcome to all interested in Clearfield County history to attend and help.
Ø The board expressed thanks to all of the visitors who attended Clearfield’s Downtown Sportsmen’s Day activities and then visited the museum to view the elk head display.
Ø The annual Logs To Lumber program, highlighting the county’s lumber industry and heritage, is scheduled for Friday, May 18 at Curwensville Area High School. The society will again offer its maple syrup display and tasting.
Ø The board heard from Terry O’Connor, of Clearfield; representing the North Fork Archaeological Group of the Pennsylvania Archaeology Society. The group will meet in Brookville on April 6 to 8.
Ø Plans were finalized to replace the main window in the Alexander Research Center.
Ø The board heard financial reports and a listing of recent acquisitions.
Ø The society now as 668 members.
Ø The public is reminded to visit the Society’s website at clearfieldcountyhistoriccalsociety.net and that museum tours for families, groups, etc. can be arranged by calling 378-5748.
March 15, 2018
*Scroll down this page for additional information referenced in April 2017.
February 25, 2018
October 19, 2017
Historical Society To Hold Annual Dinner
The Clearfield County Historical Society will hold its 62nd annual dinner on Thursday, October 19, at St. Timothy’s Church Social Hall in Curwensville. Social hour will begin at 6:00 with dinner following at 6:45. Dinner will be catered by Luigi’s Ristorante of Dubois.
This year’s dinner sponsors are CBT Bank and Bee Kind Winery.
Following dinner, the society officers will present annual awards to honor the volunteers who help to staff the museum during visitation hours, participate in local historical research and work projects.
This year’s guest speaker will be Clearfield County Wildlife Conservation Officer, Mark Gritzer, who will present The Night The Lights Went Out In Karthaus. Officer Gritzer will tell of the 2014 poaching of the trophy elk; the largest in Pennsylvania. (see article dated April below) He assisted with the apprehension and conviction of the responsible actors. The elk head and antlers are permanently mounted in the Society’s museum for public display. It has become a local tourist attraction.
The dinner cost is $25 per person. Invitations have been sent to society members. Others wishing to make a reservation are welcome to so by calling the society’s Alexander Research Center voice mail at 768-7318.
Reservations must be made by Wednesday, October 11.
September 12, 2017
Clearfield County Historical Society plans their 13th Annual Apple Cider Outing and Open House at the society’s Bloody Knox Civil War Log Cabin. Event will be held Sunday, October 8th from 1 to 4. Egg toss at 2:00. Come help make cider, rope, butter and corn meal. Watch demonstrations spinning yarn, making corn brooms, blacksmithing and see Civil War Medical Display. Kids games and free samples. This year’s event is sponsored by Northwest Bank. Presenting check is C. Eric Johnson of Northwest Bank to CCHS board members Scott Kolesar and Bob Eshelman.
August 17, 2017
River eel trap artwork donated to Historical Society....
Casen Zitzelberger, center, local artist and member of the Susquehanna River Art Center of Clearfield, along with SRACC board memberJacqueline Amor-Zitzelberger, right, presented artwork of a river eel trap to Denny Shaffner, president of the Clearfield County Historical Society. The artwork will be included in a new historical marker being placed alomng the Riverwalk at the Society's Kerr museum which remembers the shad and eel migration that once occurred on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, and was a vital part of the economy for early settlers along the West Branch.
The 'Society' steps back 100 years, gaining a sense of the World War One period !
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Clearfield Co. Historical Society Board Holds Meeting
Trophy Elk for Display
Left, to right, WCOs Dan Murray,
Dave Stewart and Mark Gritzer, and Northcentral Region Law Enforcement Supervisor Rick Macklem pose with the antlers seized in the poaching investigation that has led to charges against three Centre
The 10- by 9-point rack at right initially was measured at 432 7/8 inches, based on standards set forth by the Boone & Crockett big-game scoring program. Only two bulls legally harvested in Pennsylvania have scored higher. The rack from the 5-by-7 bull is at left, and the sawed-off antlers from the 4-by-5 can be seen in front of it.
(GANT News File photo)
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The Kerr House Museum and Genealogy Research Center are open for visitors
Sunday & Thursday
1:30 to 4:30 PM
Write us at...Clearfield County Historical Society
511 Van Valzah Ave.
Clearfield, PA 16830
Phone: 814-768-7318 for a brief recording...
1. 'KERR HOUSE' MUSEUM
104 E. Pine St,
Clearfield, Pa 16830
2. 'WILLIAM B. ALEXANDER V' GENELOGICAL RESEARCH CENTER:
511 Van Valzah Ave.
Clearfield, PA 16830
3. 'BLOODY KNOX' Cabin Museum:
6246 Curwensville - Tyrone Hwy.
Olanta, PA 16863
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