Cambria County Historical Society

Cambria County Historical Society Our mission is to preserve and promote the history of Cambria County through its museum collections, library, and archives.
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Operating as usual

06/19/2020
Cambria County Historical Society

Cambria County Historical Society

We are happy to announce we will now be open for appointment only visits. Please read full update below for all of the information.

We will be open for research and tours by appointment only. However, we will only allow 4 patrons at any given time. You can schedule a time with our curator Allie by calling the museum at 814-472-6674, or by email at [email protected]
We ask that you make arrangements at least one day in advance if possible. If not, call in anyway, if we can bring you in that day we will!

If you would like to donate objects to the museum you can also call ahead to make arrangements to drop them off. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE DONATIONS ON OUR PORCH! There is paperwork that needs filled out for donations and if you place something outside and it isn't found right away it could be ruined or stolen.

We ask that all visitors to wear their masks for tours or until you are seated in the library. If you cannot wear a mask for medical reasons please let us know and we will make sure you are accommodated.

We know that these are trying times in our community but we are doing our best to serve your needs while keeping everyone safe. Thank you for your patience, hope to see you soon!

06/19/2020

We are happy to announce we will now be open for appointment only visits. Please read full update below for all of the information.

We will be open for research and tours by appointment only. However, we will only allow 4 patrons at any given time. You can schedule a time with our curator Allie by calling the museum at 814-472-6674, or by email at [email protected]
We ask that you make arrangements at least one day in advance if possible. If not, call in anyway, if we can bring you in that day we will!

If you would like to donate objects to the museum you can also call ahead to make arrangements to drop them off. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE DONATIONS ON OUR PORCH! There is paperwork that needs filled out for donations and if you place something outside and it isn't found right away it could be ruined or stolen.

We ask that all visitors to wear their masks for tours or until you are seated in the library. If you cannot wear a mask for medical reasons please let us know and we will make sure you are accommodated.

We know that these are trying times in our community but we are doing our best to serve your needs while keeping everyone safe. Thank you for your patience, hope to see you soon!

03/17/2020

WE WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. We will still be taking phone calls, emails, and doing research.

We want to thank everyone who came out and helped us celebrate the 1950's. Everyone had a wonderful time! It is through ...
03/08/2020

We want to thank everyone who came out and helped us celebrate the 1950's. Everyone had a wonderful time! It is through your support and donations we are able to hold these kind of events. Didn't make it this year? That's ok! Party from the Past will be back again. Next year we will be throwing it back to the 1970's!

Its hard to believe but there is only a week left to buy your tickets! Don't miss out on this fun event, buy your ticket...
02/28/2020

Its hard to believe but there is only a week left to buy your tickets! Don't miss out on this fun event, buy your tickets today!

02/15/2020

We have picked two winners to receive two free tickets to the Party from the Past! Our winners are Kari Carnahan and Jan Michalow! Didn’t win? That’s ok you can still purchase tickets by phone at 814-472-6674 or on our website at www.cambriacountyhistorical.com
Thank you to all who participated!

There is still time to enter to win two free tickets! Don't miss your chance!
02/11/2020

There is still time to enter to win two free tickets! Don't miss your chance!

How would you like to win two free tickets to our Party from the Past event??

To enter you have to like our page then comment, like, and share this original post.

We will be pulling two winners on Saturday February 15th at 12:00 pm. Both winners will receive two free tickets!

Good luck!

How would you like to win two free tickets to our Party from the Past event?? To enter you have to like our Facebook pag...
02/05/2020

How would you like to win two free tickets to our Party from the Past event??

To enter you have to like our page then comment, like, and share this original post.

We will be pulling two winners on Saturday February 15th at 12:00 pm. Both winners will receive two free tickets!

Good luck!

Interested in coming to our Party from the Past event? Good news! buying tickets just became easier! You can now purchas...
01/27/2020
Events – Cambria County Historical Society

Interested in coming to our Party from the Past event? Good news! buying tickets just became easier! You can now purchase tickets from our website using PayPal! Linked below. See you there!

http://www.cambriacountyhistorical.com/?page_id=3342

Events Keep checking back for more events! You are invited to our annual Party from the Past! This years theme is a upscale 1950’s cocktail party. Break out your best and classiest vintage attire as dressing up is encouraged, while not required. Give us a call at any of the phone numbers listed be...

Mrs. Buck's Bake Sale is OPEN from now until 4:00!  Come over to pick up some of your favorite treats and while you are ...
12/07/2019

Mrs. Buck's Bake Sale is OPEN from now until 4:00! Come over to pick up some of your favorite treats and while you are here have a look around the museum. We've got gingerbread houses, our Christmas tree is up, and we have got some free refreshments for you to enjoy. See you soon!

Today is the day to drop off your Gingerbread houses! We look forward to seeing the creativity of our community! We will...
12/05/2019

Today is the day to drop off your Gingerbread houses! We look forward to seeing the creativity of our community! We will be here 11:00 - 6:00 today.

Its hard to believe but Dickens of a Christmas is only a week away! We have some great things going on here at the Histo...
11/30/2019

Its hard to believe but Dickens of a Christmas is only a week away! We have some great things going on here at the Historical Society and would hate for you to miss them! We are having our annual Gingerbread contest (entries accepted on Thursday 12/5 from 11am to 6pm) and this year we will have Mrs. Bucks Bake Sale and Open House on Saturday 12/7. See fliers below for more information. See you there!

11/19/2019
10/31/2019

We will have altered hours on Saturday November 2nd. We will be open from 8am to 11am.

The Witches of Buck Mansion have returned for our annual Trick-or-Treat walk through! Don't miss your chance to walk thr...
10/23/2019

The Witches of Buck Mansion have returned for our annual Trick-or-Treat walk through! Don't miss your chance to walk through the museum and get some candy, if you dare!
We will be open for the Ebensburg Trick-or-Treat on Sunday October 27th from 1-4pm (Or until we run out of Candy)
Ebensburg Borough & Community

10/17/2019

We will be closed Saturday Oct. 19th and reopen for normal hours on Tuesday Oct. 22nd.

If you are looking for something to do this weekend consider Johnstown Haunted History Tours!
10/10/2019

If you are looking for something to do this weekend consider Johnstown Haunted History Tours!

Don’t miss our October lecture this evening at the Ebensburg Borough Building! (300 West High St.)
10/09/2019
Historian Jared Frederick

Don’t miss our October lecture this evening at the Ebensburg Borough Building! (300 West High St.)

Join me tonight at 7pm for a free presentation on my D-Day book at the Cambria County Historical Society!

You don't want to miss the next installment of the "Meet the Author Series" at the Ebensburg Cambria Public Library!
08/30/2019

You don't want to miss the next installment of the "Meet the Author Series" at the Ebensburg Cambria Public Library!

08/30/2019

We will be closed Saturday August 31st and reopen on Tuesday September 3rd. Have a safe holiday!

08/21/2019
Cambria County Historical Society's cover photo
08/07/2019

Cambria County Historical Society's cover photo

08/06/2019

Do you have a collection you would like to share with the community but aren’t sure how? Here at the historical society we have a new display called “The Collectors Corner”. This display case is for the public to loan their collections to us for a short period of time and returned at the end of a set time or when the next collection is ready to be put up. For more information you can call or email our curator Allie at 814-472-6674/ [email protected].
Please share this post so we can reach as many people as possible!

07/03/2019

We will be closed on Thursday for The Fourth of July. Have a safe and happy holiday!

06/06/2019

** We will be closed Saturday June 8th and reopen as normal on Tuesday June 11th**

05/08/2019

Don't forget to stop by our ever popular History Shorts tonight! Did you know Marie Antoinette almost lived in Pennsylvania? Have you ever wanted insight into a local Civil War diary? Ever wanted the opportunity to learn more about a founding family of Ebensburg and their land? Well tonight is the night to have all of these curiosities fulfilled.

Free and open to the Public!

Ebensburg Borough Building 300 West High Street
7:00 PM

04/09/2019

TOMORROW at 7pm at the Ebensburg Borough Building. Johnstown authors Jim and Suzanne Gindlesperger will be discussing their popular book, "So You Think You Know Gettysburg, Volume 2."

Jim and Sue have spoken at the Society several times in the past, including a presentation on their first volume of So You Think You Know Gettysburg a few years ago. The second volume came about after readers made numerous requests for a followup to their first book, which had won the Bronze Medal for National Book of the Year.

Both of their Gettysburg books feature stories of the men and monuments at Gettysburg. Using a full color PowerPoint presentation, they will discuss stories of heroism, misfortune, and sacrifice. Some of these stories are humorous, while others talk about the tragedies of war. They will also talk about many of the monuments on the battlefield, what they represent, why they are placed where they are, and what the men who fought wanted us to remember. Their Gettysburg presentation is one of their most popular and always generates many questions from the audience.

03/08/2019

On this International Women’s Day we would like to highlight a woman from Cambria County History. Margaret Malzi Fox, born in Johnstown in 1875 she worked at the Geis General Store and Foster’s at a young age. She married Francis Fox and moved to Dunlo where she raised five children. Margaret and her husband operated the Fox Store and Hotel where Margaret had charge of the kitchen and planed meals. When Francis died in 1948 Margaret ran the hotel on her own until 1965. She loved to travel and when she was in her nineties, she and her daughter Agnes traveled to New York and Florida. At age 92 she attended the “Traveling Abroad” lectures of the UPJ Community Cultural Series. Margaret was an accomplished horse woman and loved to play cards, she was still playing cards until she was 101 years old. She attributed her long and productive life to hard work. Margaret Malzi Fox died October 30, 1977 at the age of 102.

For more stories of the women of Cambria County stop in and read a book in our library, “Women of Cambria County, Their Work- Their History- Their Contributions” American Association of University-women 1988, By The Johnstown Branch

03/01/2019

We're Open! With our amazing volunteers we got a lot done this February but now we are open and ready for visitors! See you soon!

We will be closed to the public starting today for the entire month of February. We will reopen March 1st for regular bu...
02/01/2019

We will be closed to the public starting today for the entire month of February. We will reopen March 1st for regular business hours! Stay warm out there and we will see you soon!

01/30/2019

The Cambria County Historical Society will be closed today due to weather. Please stay safe and warm!

01/25/2019

Remember the historical society will be closed for the month of February. If you have any research that needs done or just want to stop by make sure you stop in before February 1st!

01/22/2019
Ebensburg Borough & Community

Ebensburg Borough & Community

Are you a direct descendant of a soldier that fought during the U.S. Civil War?

If so, Daughter’s of Union Veterans of the Civil War (DUVCW) Clara Barton Tent #64, Ebensburg, meets on the first Saturday of the month at 11 am at Hoss’s Steak and Seahouse Ebensburg. If interested, contact Mandy Conklin Koenigsberg at [email protected] or 814-659-5632.

We have our winners!Most creative: Damian StiffeyMost Artistic: Juliana RayMost represents the history of Cambria County...
11/30/2018

We have our winners!
Most creative: Damian Stiffey

Most Artistic: Juliana Ray

Most represents the history of Cambria County: Kataryna Iorio

Most represents the holidays: Hailey Faight

Most represents A Christmas Village: Olivea Faust

Best in Show: Juliana Ray

Be sure to stop up and see all of our wonderful gingerbread houses here
at the society, we are open today 10-4 and we have an open house Tomorrow from 3-5.
Congratulations to the winners and a huge thank you to all who participated!!

11/21/2018

Hello all!
We are looking to build a collection of china (mostly dinner and salad plates) for when we do events here at the society. We have been borrowing plates in the past but would like to have some of our own. If you or someone you know has plates they would like to donate to us please give us a call at 814-472-6674!

Address

615 N Center St
Ebensburg, PA
15931

General information

Cambria County Historical Society 615 North Center Street P.O. Box 278 Ebensburg, PA 15931 814-472-6674 Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10-4; Saturday 9-1

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 13:00

Telephone

(814) 472-6674

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Hello all, I am sitting at home, bored, so decided to see if there were any place names in the US named after my town here in England. Well, I found one. I am from Walsall, and I found a Walsall in Richland Township and wondered if anyone of you good people could shed any light on when it first appeared as a place name in your county. So for any history sleuths this is a modest challenge. I've also included a photo of one of my Walsall's few remaining historical buildings just for fun . It is St. Mathews church, built in 1202. Any help appreciated.
My 4th Great Grandfather was Peter Higgins, born 1759 in Derry, Ireland. He was one of the first settlers in Cambria County. Do you have any information on his life? Thank you!!
Hello! I'm in Arvada, Colorado, and researching ancestors who lived in Cambria County. My mother's maternal line came from that area. In fact, she was born in Cresson on 28 January 1920 - nearly 100 years ago!!! I've attached a photo of a young man whose identity is unknow to me. The photo was taken before 1929, I believe. Surnames in that line are Haupt, Ott, Behe, Luther, Curry, O'Hara, Fairman, Kunst and Mercer. I'm hopeful that someone will see this photo and be able to identify the young man. Thank you!
I just got a membership....about 3 minutes ago. My grandmother, great Grandfather's were all the Tibbotts...back to William, Richard J, Richard and Richard Scott. I have a piece of furniture from the original court house...can you tell me what year that building burned down.? I am trying to lable all my chair along with everything else I have from there so my grandkids can have them after I'm gone....this is the only one I can't put a date to....thanks, Pam.
My parents just gave me this photograph. I wanted to share in case anyone here has any relatives in the photograph. My grandfather (Ronald Corrigan) is standing in the back 5th from the left. Are you able to date the photograph or tell me anything about this team?
Announcing the Great Portage Yard Sale and Portage Station Museum Rummage Sale - June 8. This is a huge community sale. It benefits the Portage Area Historical Society. Maps can be picked up that day at the Museum, 400 Lee Street Portage, or at any participating site. Participating sites will have balloons and a sign out front. Join us for the day.
I have done a great deal of research on my ancestors, last name Matthews who settled on the Barr Tract around 1790. This should qualify them as some of the very early settlers. Records show that the Samuel Adams family disputed Barr's claim as they lived and made improvements there beginning somewhere (from memory) around 1770. Barr filed for his warrant in 1769 in the run for land out of The New Purchase. He held on to it for 19 years until he sold it to the Matthews from Ireland. If anyone knows information about the Adam's dispute on this survey I welcome additional information. Matthews were known as skilled boatmen around 1800. Their son John Matthews, who married Mary Ann Linton, was the first Weigh Lock Tax Collector 1833-36. He was a Legislator between 1826-1840 who ran 5 times and was elected 3. Interesting that two of the five times he had the most votes but was not in office. He was a Commissioner for fund raising for the Pennsylvania Rail Road in 1846. During the Canal days of 1831 or 1832, John Matthews, William Welsh and Samuel Kennedy built the Johnstown Foundry on the 'island' also known as Goose Island. As an early entrepreneur he was well acquainted with Samuel Kennedy who partnered with Mr. George S. King who I considered to be the somewhat unheralded father of Bethlehem Steel. I welcome correspondence from those interested in the Samuel Matthews family who lived on the Barr Tract which is now Moxham. Sons of mention were John and Archibald. When I finish my research perhaps I could present at your society.
If anyone could help looking for any old properties that my metal detecting club could detect on with permission please contact us we just updated our website and still adding ? www.northpittsburghpastfinders.com Thank You
Is there a way to get the old Johnstown newspapers scanned and available online? I see that The Tribune Democrat is available on newspaper websites from 1998-2017. Does someone know why the older nespapers aren't already online? Is the issue either money, copyrights or something else? I would assume that there is a money sustaining opportunity here for a non-profit, such as the Johnstown Library or Cambria County Historical Society to charge an "access fee" to maintain the website, data files and maybe some extra for the library or historical society. I might also venture to say that if a non-profit picks up the project, many of us 1,400+ people who follow this page would be willing to chip in something to pay for the processing to get it started. For example: it would only take 200 of us to chip in $50 each, if the startup and initial maintenance costs were $10,000. Any thoughts? Any answers?
I do not if anyone could help out my metal detecting lookin for old properties to detect on with permission we are from Pittsburgh,Pa we have just updated our websie and still adding www.northpittsburgpastfinders.com Thank You
Joe Inzana presented Cindy Owatt with the basket TV prize from Potato Fest