Hartslog Heritage Museum

Hartslog Heritage Museum The Hartslog Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the Hartslog area
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Hartslog Heritage Museum Bank Building Thank You Reception, October 8, 2023
10/11/2023

Hartslog Heritage Museum Bank Building Thank You Reception, October 8, 2023

10/05/2023
Calling all children crafters!  Fill out the form below for a kids booth at Hartslog day! ( 18 and under only) Hartslog ...
10/02/2023

Calling all children crafters! Fill out the form below for a kids booth at Hartslog day! ( 18 and under only) Hartslog Heritage Museum Hartslog Day Heritage Festival

09/10/2023

If you didn't catch it in the newspaper, this is your notice! Don't miss out today!

Unboxing History's Mysteries
Today, September 10, 2023 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Join the Hartslog Heritage Museum as they begin a series of unboxing time capsules from the Bicentennial. This will happen the Hartslog Heritage Museum at the Old Bank Building on Main Street, Alexandria.

We're gearing up for an excellent day!
08/31/2023

We're gearing up for an excellent day!

Don't just take our word for it! Mark your calendar and come find out why Hartslog Day is autumn's favorite. 🍂🍁🎃 44 days and counting! Will you be there?

08/03/2023
07/31/2023
Stop by and see the trains at our Open House this Sunday, December 18th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm! Also, be on the look out fo...
12/17/2022

Stop by and see the trains at our Open House this Sunday, December 18th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm!

Also, be on the look out for more details on the upcoming Holly Jolly Hartslog community event on December 23rd!

12/08/2022
The Alexandria Hartslog Heritage Museum will be open Sunday, September 11th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. We were closed last Sun...
09/06/2022

The Alexandria Hartslog Heritage Museum will be open Sunday, September 11th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. We were closed last Sunday due to the holiday weekend.

08/07/2022
This is your friendly reminder of our hours of operation - there's so much to learn and see at the Hartslog Heritage Mus...
07/26/2022

This is your friendly reminder of our hours of operation - there's so much to learn and see at the Hartslog Heritage Museum!

06/14/2022

Want to be a young crafter at Hartslog Day this October 8th?

We are glad to have a good many of her eggs, and display them around this time of year! Drive by the former bank buildin...
04/18/2022

We are glad to have a good many of her eggs, and display them around this time of year! Drive by the former bank building and see a tree in the window decorated with some!

Photo by Blair Shore
Our latest "Photo from the Archives" show three young helpers providing assistance to Grace Sprankle who, in 1958, was marking the 14th year of her now famous Easter Egg Tree, Southside, Alexandria. This image, from a collection of original negatives on loan from Sandy Kleckner, daughter of Daily News photographer Blair Shore, appeared on the front page April 5, 1958. The little assistants are, from the left: Freddie Leamer, son of State Trooper and Mrs. Leamer; Linda McElhoes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey McElhoes; and Davie Gutshall, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Gutshall. The late Mrs. Sprankle started her egg tree in the mid-1940s and continued the tradition for nearly 40 years. During those decades, families from across Huntingdon County, the state of Pennsylvania and at least the mid-Atlantic U.S., drove by the Sprankle home to view the display.

Thank you to everyone who came and saw us today! We hope you enjoyed seeing Phyllis Ritchey-Metzgar Paintings and the Sp...
04/03/2022

Thank you to everyone who came and saw us today! We hope you enjoyed seeing Phyllis Ritchey-Metzgar Paintings and the Sprankles Easter Eggs!

We invite you to join us this Sunday, April 3, for Mrs. Grace Sprankle's Easter Egg Tree Display and the Phyllis Ritchey...
03/31/2022

We invite you to join us this Sunday, April 3, for Mrs. Grace Sprankle's Easter Egg Tree Display and the Phyllis Ritchey Metzgar Memorial Art Show. The egg display will feature specials on loan from Mrs. Sprankle's granddaughter, Carol Anderson - you won't want to miss them! The Metzgar Art Show is back by popular demand so we hope you'll come admire this incredible display.

This event is free and open to the public located in the former Bank Building from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

Happy Birthday Nancy!
03/23/2022

Happy Birthday Nancy!

A very special Happy 80th Birthday shoutout to Nancy R. Taylor--Hartslog Heritage Museum Founding Member, Lifetime Board Member and collaborative author of Hartslog Heritage!

03/08/2022

For two solid hours Sunday afternoon, a steady stream of visitors came to Alexandria to pay respect and admire the work of a self-taught artist who spread her love of

Thank you to everyone that came onto see the Phyllis Ritchey Metzgar Memorial Art Show, it was a great day with a great ...
03/07/2022

Thank you to everyone that came onto see the Phyllis Ritchey Metzgar Memorial Art Show, it was a great day with a great turnout!! We had several of her beautiful masterpieces on display along with a few that were done by students of hers. Thanks to all those who have loaned their paintings for this exhibit especially her family.

🎨 Great News!! By popular request we have decided to keep the Art Show up for our April Open House on Sunday April 3, 2022 from 2pm-4pm. If you would like to schedule an appointment to see the display in the meantime please call 814-207-1410 🎨
Our April Open House, we will have our Sprankle Easter Eggs on display! 🐣

🖼 If you have any additional paintings of Phyllis or her students, please reach out to us, we’d love to add them to the display.

Please join us tomorrow Sunday March 6, 2022 from 2pm-4pm for our Phyllis Ritchey Metzgar Memorial Art Show! Come check ...
03/05/2022

Please join us tomorrow Sunday March 6, 2022 from 2pm-4pm for our Phyllis Ritchey Metzgar Memorial Art Show! Come check out some of her wonderful and beautiful paintings along with others done by her students. We look forward to seeing you then!

In 2020, just before the COVID 19 pandemic hit the U.S. full scale, the Hartslog Heritage Museum was planning an art exhibit that would showcase the art of Phyllis Ritchey-Metzgar,

03/04/2022
We are thrilled to announce that The Huntingdon County Chamber and Huntingdon County Planning Commission have presented ...
03/04/2022

We are thrilled to announce that The Huntingdon County Chamber and Huntingdon County Planning Commission have presented the Preservation Award, one of five Community Improvement Awards for 2021, to the Hartslog Heritage Museum Annex! This award was presented for the restoration and reuse project transforming the First National Bank building in Alexandria Borough into a museum. One attached photo includes the write up from last night's annual banquet and awards ceremony. Please join us in celebrating this terrific accomplishment and thanking the many volunteers that took time, energy, and resources to make this possible! This restoration project will prove as a treasured community landmark for years to come. We invite you to see it for yourself - keep an eye out for upcoming events.

Join us this Sunday March 6, 2022 for our Phyllis Ritchey Metzgar Memorial Art Show! 🎨 Free and Open to the Public, come...
03/02/2022

Join us this Sunday March 6, 2022 for our Phyllis Ritchey Metzgar Memorial Art Show! 🎨
Free and Open to the Public, come and see some of the beautiful art work created by the late Phyllis Ritchey Metzgar displayed throughout the former Bank Building from 2pm-4pm. There will also be artwork created by some of her former students displayed as well. We hope to see you there!

02/21/2022

This week's photo from The Daily News archive takes us back to February 1951 for a visit to the Memorial Public Library in Alexandria where Miss Mary Walker, the third member of her family to serve as librarian, was hard at work cataloging. The accompanying story praised Miss Walker's talents for encouraging her community to read. She was involved with the library in both official and unofficial capacities since it opened in 1900. If any of our readers remember Miss Walker or their time spent in the Alexandria library, please share!

02/14/2022

🪦 Monument Marker Monday! 🪦

Today we are going to share the Civil Defense Air Raid Alarm
Location: 302 Hartslog St, Alexandria, PA 16611 at the Alexandria Fire Company
GPS Coordinates: 40.558354, -78.099306
Photo Credit: Lonnie Smith Jr.
Notes:


The Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable is looking to document all the Monuments, Plaques, Informational Boards, Honor Rolls and Historical Markers in Huntingdon County and we need your help!

If you would like to submit a photo for our documentation project please email us at [email protected]
What we need is the following:
- A full photo shot of the memorial/plaque/marker and then an up close picture so it can be read.
- Please try to give us a location of it, either address, gps coordinates, or some kind of way to find it.
- Your name for photo credit.

If you have any questions please message, email or call us.
We appreciate the help in documenting these for future generations!
They will be listed on our website once the project is complete.
*We will use the best submitted photo*

Don’t forget to stop and see us from 2-4!
02/06/2022

Don’t forget to stop and see us from 2-4!

Join us this Sunday February 6, 2022 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM for our Doll Exhibit in the former Bank Building at 402 Main Street, Alexandria PA 16611!

For our Doll Exhibit we are not limiting this to any one type of doll so there will be dolls from different eras and possibly some action figures as well.

The Hartslog Heritage Museum on the 2nd floor of the Alexandria Memorial Library will be open as well. The museum and exhibit are free and open to the public!

Join us this Sunday February 6, 2022 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM for our Doll Exhibit in the former Bank Building at 402 Main S...
02/04/2022

Join us this Sunday February 6, 2022 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM for our Doll Exhibit in the former Bank Building at 402 Main Street, Alexandria PA 16611!

For our Doll Exhibit we are not limiting this to any one type of doll so there will be dolls from different eras and possibly some action figures as well.

The Hartslog Heritage Museum on the 2nd floor of the Alexandria Memorial Library will be open as well. The museum and exhibit are free and open to the public!

Our lovely snow covered town ❄️ hope everyone is staying warm and safe! ⛄️
01/17/2022

Our lovely snow covered town ❄️ hope everyone is staying warm and safe! ⛄️

Wanted for Exhibition: Phyllis Ritchey-Metzgar Paintings! The Hartslog Heritage Museum is planning for March, a retrospe...
01/08/2022

Wanted for Exhibition: Phyllis Ritchey-Metzgar Paintings!
The Hartslog Heritage Museum is planning for March, a retrospective of Phyllis Ritchey-Metzgar’s paintings through her life and art.
Phyllis was a local artist living in Porter Township, who was loved and admired by many people in the community and surrounding area.
The museum is asking for anyone who could lend paintings, correspondence or other memorabilia or even their own works that were created with the help of Phyllis Ritchey for this exhibit.
If you would like to help us out and have something you’d like to loan please contact Allen Terrill Hartslog Heritage Museum Treasurer at (814)-506-8597 so that we can display these pieces in our show at our newly refurbished Bank Building in Alexandria!
🖼 The painting that is pictured is on loan from the Hopsicker Family

12/27/2021
Lots to to this weekend! We hope you join us for the Alexandria  Community Holiday Party!
12/03/2021

Lots to to this weekend! We hope you join us for the Alexandria Community Holiday Party!

The Hartslog Heritage Museum will be open today, Sunday November 7, 2021 from 2pm-4pm. If the library door is locked ple...
11/07/2021

The Hartslog Heritage Museum will be open today, Sunday November 7, 2021 from 2pm-4pm.

If the library door is locked please come to the bank and if the bank door is locked please come to the museum/library.

10/23/2021

Dr. Franklin Robert Zabriskie, 87, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland.

What another great Hartslog Day Heritage Festival!! Thank you to everyone that made it happen, especially the volunteers...
10/11/2021

What another great Hartslog Day Heritage Festival!! Thank you to everyone that made it happen, especially the volunteers that work extremely hard to make this event such a wonderful day! We hope everyone enjoyed it and we’re looking forward to Hartslog Day 2022!

10/09/2021

Hartslog Day Parade 2021!

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PO Box 3, 311 Main Street
Alexandria, PA
16611

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2pm - 4pm

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(814) 207-1410

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We are honored to partner with the Huntingdon County Planning and Development Department to present the Community Improvement Awards again this year. The recipients are as follows:

Preservation - Friends of East Broad Top Railroad for restoration of the old Robertsdale Post Office

Preservation - Hartslog Heritage Museum Annex

New Construction - Mount Union Borough construction of the retaining wall

Community Spirit - Bryan Park (Borough of Huntingdon)

Special Merit - John Eastman and Chris Wencker for their heroic efforts to rescue Michele Shovlin

Kish Bank Huntingdon location sponsors these awards.

The awards were presented at the Huntingdon County Planning & Development Commission dinner on Thursday, March 3.

Pictured below from left to right: James Lettiere (Huntingdon County Planning & Development Commission Planning Director), Alissa Brown (Kish Bank), Chris Stevens (Huntingdon Borough), Lonnie Smith, Jr. (Hartslog Heritage Museum), John Eastman, Heidi Cressman (Kish Bank), MacKenzie Huntsman (Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce Program Director)
Sitting: Carol Kuklo (Mount Union Borough), Jane Clarke (Friends of East Broad Top Railroad)
Well-deserved recognition and celebration for our partners of the Hartslog Heritage Museum! 👏
Hartslog Heritage Museum
Hartslog Heritage Museum had displays set up in the former bank building on Main Street in Alexandria.
🎉Free Museum Day this Saturday, September 18th 🎉 This year Huntingdon County is partnering with Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau, and including Mifflin, and Juniata Counties to bring the museum experience to our entire tri-county area.

Huntingdon County and the Juniata River Valley is the home of many museums, historical societies, and historical sites. As an effort to bring awareness to our rich heritage we are offering a Free Museum Day. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and tour one or more of our museums! Museum participating in Huntingdon County include: Isett Heritage Museum, Swigart Museum, Friends of the East Broad Top Museum, Greenwood Furnace State Park – Blacksmith Shop, Hartslog Heritage Museum, Mount Union Area Historical Society, Bricktown Museum, Mapleton Union Area Historical Society, Huntingdon County Fair Farm Museum,Broad Top Area Coal Miners Museum, Rockhill Trolley Museum & East Broad Top Railroad.

Please visit huntingdoncountyhistory.com/index.html for more information on museum locations and hours.

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable
This is a post card that is postmarked May 1954. The building to the left is the school, then the Mooresville Methodist Church. I’m guessing the building directly behind the school is the bathroom. What were the other buildings? I thought perhaps the building to the right of the church may be a fellowship hall, but that’s just a guess.
1267 Main St Alexandria, PA in 1927 and 2021

1927 - 19yo Harry Hoffer, from Neffs Mills. working at Edgewater Gas and Battery Station. The picture was taken by my grandfather Louis Brooks, of Petersburg. Harry Hoffer was my grandmother's 1st cousin.

2021 - The building still stands on the property of 1267 Main St next to Rails to Trails, Alfrata Station. The current owner, Allan Brooks, still has the lights that were on top of the gas pumps.
MUSEUMS and HISTORICAL SOCIETIES that are OPEN!

Due to the Coronavirus hours and procedures have changed. Most of these places (if not all) will require you to wear a mask and not to touch things. They are doing what is required and what is best to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Huntingdon County Historical Society - Wednesday’s by appointment 10am - 4pm or other days by appointment.

Swigart Museum - Every day of the week 10am - 5pm
on Saturday’s museum 9am - 5pm and Kars & Koffee by Raystown Kruisers 8am - 11am.

Isett Heritage Museum - Monday thru Saturday 8am - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Hartslog Heritage Museum - by appointment.

Three Springs/Saltillo area Historical Society - Tuesday’s 1pm - 4pm or by appointment.

Rockhill Trolley Museum - Third Saturdays and Sunday’s of the month 11am - 4:14pm

Historic Blair Park - Daily

Greenwood Furnace State Park - Daily

Broad Top Coal Miners Museum - Saturday’s 10am - 4pm and Sunday’s 1pm - 4pm.

These are the places we know for sure are open, others may be as well. Please check out their pages or check out our website for their contact information. www.huntingdoncountyhistory.com

Raystown Lake Region
Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce
visitPA
Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau
With Easter Sunday tomorrow, who remembers Mrs. Grace Sprankle’s Famous Easter Egg Tree in Alexandria?

Mrs. Sprankle started around 1945 decorating the trees in her front lawn with decorative egg shells. There has been several thousand egg shells throughout the years. This Easter display would draw large crowds from all over, locally, out of the area and even visitors from out of state! So. Many that there would be traffic jams.

A majority of the eggs left from Mrs. Sprankle’s display are part of the collections of the Hartslog Heritage Museum and are on display around this time of year in/at the museum.

Photos and clippings from various sources.