Huntingdon County Historical Society

Huntingdon County Historical Society The Huntingdon County Historical Society preserves and educates our community on our region's heritage and history. Our Research Library is Open on Wednesdays 10AM - 7PM
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Please forward all genealogy questions to [email protected]. We do not use facebook to answer genealogy requests. Thank you.

Operating as usual

Huntingdon County Historical Society
09/16/2020

Huntingdon County Historical Society

Due to technical difficulties on Wednesday 9/9/20 we will be doing our presentation via zoom on Cemetery Iconography again!

This presentation will be presented by Margaret Skrivseth, HCHS Executive Director.

Zoom Meeting ID: 753 9709 1332
Passcode: cymU2m

Hope to see you then!

Lunch & Learns are brought to you by the 4 and More Cultural District made up by the Huntingdon County Arts Council, Huntingdon County Library, Huntingdon Health and Wellness and the Huntingdon County Historical Society.
Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

Due to technical difficulties on Wednesday 9/9/20 we will be doing our presentation via zoom on Cemetery Iconography aga...
09/10/2020

Due to technical difficulties on Wednesday 9/9/20 we will be doing our presentation via zoom on Cemetery Iconography again!

This presentation will be presented by Margaret Skrivseth, HCHS Executive Director.

Zoom Meeting ID: 753 9709 1332
Passcode: cymU2m

Hope to see you then!

Lunch & Learns are brought to you by the 4 and More Cultural District made up by the Huntingdon County Arts Council, Huntingdon County Library, Huntingdon Health and Wellness and the Huntingdon County Historical Society.
Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable
09/10/2020

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

Next up we have Huntingdon County Historical Society!

Huntingdon County Free Museum Day is on Saturday September 19, 2020 from 9am - 3pm.
You must Pre-Register Online by September 17 at http://huntingdoncountyhistory.com/free_museum_day.html

For our upcoming Huntingdon County Free Museum Day, we will be sharing a little about each of the participating museums, historical societies and historic sites.

New zoom code and password!!! The passcode is Cizx5KThe meeting code is  741 8297 0215Join us now!
09/09/2020

New zoom code and password!!!

The passcode is Cizx5K

The meeting code is 741 8297 0215

Join us now!

**Update 2 The passcode is Cizx5K

The meeting code is 741 8297 0215

**We are having technical difficulties and are working to resolve them. Stay tuned. We are sorry for the inconvenience.**

Please join us for our September Lunch & Learn for a presentation via zoom of Cemetery Iconography!
This presentation will be presented by Margaret Skrivseth, HCHS Executive Director.

Lunch & Learns are brought to you by the 4 and More Cultural District made up by the Huntingdon County Arts Council, Huntingdon County Library, Huntingdon Health and Wellness and the Huntingdon County Historical Society.

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable
09/07/2020

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

Huntingdon County Free Museum Day!!!

Saturday September 19, 2020 from 9am-3pm is Huntingdon County Free Museum Day!

To participate you must pre-register online by September 17, 2020. Click on the link for the registration form: http://www.huntingdoncountyhistory.com/free_museum_day.html
*Registration ends at 9PM on 9/17/2020.

Here is your chance to check out the following museums, historical societies and historic sites for FREE! We have 13 participating.

Swigart Museum
Isett Heritage Museum
Huntingdon County Historical Society
Bricktown Model Railroaders Association/Bricktown Museum
Mount Union Area Historical Society
Three Springs/Saltillo area Historical Society
Hartslog Heritage Museum
Rockhill Trolley Museum (*Full Capacity - Registration Closed for RTM*)
East Broad Top Railroad (*Full Capacity - Registration Closed for EBT*)
Broad Top Coal Miners Museum
Petersburg Heritage Museum
Greenwood Furnace State Park
Mapelton Union Area Historical Society

We hope to see you there!

Raystown Lake Region
Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce
Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau
visitPA
Uncovering PA
PA Discoveries

**Update 2 The passcode is Cizx5KThe meeting code is  741 8297 0215**We are having technical difficulties and are workin...
09/03/2020

**Update 2 The passcode is Cizx5K

The meeting code is 741 8297 0215

**We are having technical difficulties and are working to resolve them. Stay tuned. We are sorry for the inconvenience.**

Please join us for our September Lunch & Learn for a presentation via zoom of Cemetery Iconography!
This presentation will be presented by Margaret Skrivseth, HCHS Executive Director.

Lunch & Learns are brought to you by the 4 and More Cultural District made up by the Huntingdon County Arts Council, Huntingdon County Library, Huntingdon Health and Wellness and the Huntingdon County Historical Society.

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

On this day In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing all American women’s right to vote, was ratifi...
08/18/2020

On this day In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing all American women’s right to vote, was ratified as Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it. Check out this article by our Executive Director Margaret Skrivseth on the Justice Bell and Women’s Suffrage. Did you know that Huntingdon was home to Ann Dorris Chisolm and Mary Thompson Orlady who were both active in the Women's Suffrage Movement

Our friends at the Rockhill Trolley Museum and East Broad Top Railroad have been busy getting ready for a fun filled and...
08/11/2020

Our friends at the Rockhill Trolley Museum and East Broad Top Railroad have been busy getting ready for a fun filled and safe celebration this week!

News from Rockhill Trolley Museum!!!

Join us for a traditional summer ride, feel the breeze as you listen to the clickety-clack down the railroad tracks into history!

The Rockhill Trolley Museum has added Trolley Rides for WEDNESDAY, August 12, 2020 from 6 PM to 9 PM for EBT 60th Anniversary Community Festival Parade! Tickets are still available online and at the Ticket Booth if space is available. Trolley tickets are also still available for Sunday, August 16th from 11 AM to 4:15 PM. COVID-19 rules for masks, sanitizing and social distancing are required to enter any of our antique trolleys or street cars and our buildings.

THURSDAY, FRIDAY and SATURDAY, August 13, 14 and 15 the Joint EBT 60th Anniversary Celebration and all joint event tickets for the East Broad Top Railroad and Rockhill Trolley Museum are sold out, however, Sunday, August 16 following the official celebration, the Rockhill Trolley Museum has tickets available for trolley rides only. The Orbisonia-Rockhill twin-town is also having an independent, simultaneous “EBT Community 60th Anniversary Festival” all over town with the Parade on Wednesday, August 12 and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 13, 14 and 15 there will all kinds of activities including competitions, Homecoming Queen, Little Princess, concerts, games, farmers’ market, food and arts and crafts vendors, car show, 5K walk, homemade ice cream sundaes, historic artifacts on display, prizes and more. Search online for www.EastBroadTop.com and search on Facebook for “EBT Fest” for the community details.

The all-volunteer Rockhill Trolley Museum, AKA Railways to Yesterday, Inc., the first operating antique trolley museum in PA announces a very modified 2020 operating schedule! They will continue to operate the third weekend of every month, Saturdays and Sundays only, with departures from 11 AM until the last departure at 4:15 PM and other times by reservations or special event. It's across from the East Broad Top Railroad at 430 Meadow Street in Rockhill-Orbisonia, PA. Regular, non-special-event tickets are $8 per adult, $6 per child, under 2 is free. Check our website www.RockhillTrolley.org, follow us on Facebook or call us at 814-447-9576 or 610-428-7200.

Fall months of operation include the following weekends:

September 19 and 20th, Friday & Saturday
October 10th and 11th, Friday & Saturday – Pumpkin Patch Trolley
October 17th and 18th, Friday & Saturday – Pumpkin Patch Trolley

Holidays:

December 5th, Saturday – Santa’s Trolley (Details Pending)
Polar Bear Express (Pending)

COVID-19 rules will apply with masks on and temperature taken before entering the operating cars and seats will be assigned with social distancing at about half capacity of each car. We will be operating the bright orange cars, all different but all built in the roaring 1920’s! Other cars from our collection of 23 antique trolleys, street cars and light rail vehicle will be on display for tours from outside the cars only, for everyone’s safety. Masks are recommended outside the trolley cars if less than 6 feet from others.

See website for details! www.RockhillTrolley.org Follow us on Facebook! Join us and volunteer! No skills necessary, all skills needed and welcome!

EBT Fest Planning Committee
Friends of the East Broad Top
Orbisonia - Rockhill Furnace Historical Society
Raystown Lake Region
Huntingdon County Historical Society
Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau
visitPA
Uncovering PA
Discovering Pennsylvania

Historical society president presents painting
08/07/2020
Historical society president presents painting

Historical society president presents painting

Fred Lang presented the Huntingdon County Historical Society with a painted portrait of Clara McMurtrie at the society’s annual meeting Wednesday night. Lang, who has served as the president of

Tonight we held our Annual Meeting for the Huntingdon County Historical Society. We held election of members to the boar...
08/06/2020

Tonight we held our Annual Meeting for the Huntingdon County Historical Society.

We held election of members to the board, got an update of the society and heard updates from other historical organizations from around the county from those that were represented.

Our President Fred R. Lang presented to the society this beautiful portrait he painted of Miss Clara McMurtrie, one of the founders of the Huntingdon County Historical Society. Miss Clara passed away in 1952 and left her childhood home to the HCHS to set up a research library, archives and museum.

Board of Trustees:

Officers-
Fred Lang, President
Larry Hamilton, Vice President
Maria Pettinger, Secretary
Dale Norris, Treasurer

Trustees-
Roy Stevens
J. Murray Africa
Raynell Gay
Virginia “Jinny” Cooper
Glenn Metz
Polly Smith
Lonnie S. Smith Jr.
James Reeves

Margaret R Skrivseth, Executive Director

Just a reminder of our Annual Members Meeting this evening at 6:30pm. Hear an update on what the historical society has ...
08/05/2020

Just a reminder of our Annual Members Meeting this evening at 6:30pm. Hear an update on what the historical society has been up too and has planned. We hope to see you there!

Please make sure to check out the 4 and More Cultural District ‘s Lunch and Learn for August 2020. Also check out the or...
08/04/2020

Please make sure to check out the 4 and More Cultural District ‘s Lunch and Learn for August 2020.
Also check out the organizations that make up the 4 and More Cultural District in Huntingdon and be sure to follow them!
Huntingdon Health and Wellness
Huntingdon County Arts Council
Huntingdon County Library
Huntingdon County Historical Society

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

07/31/2020
Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable
07/18/2020

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

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

The Huntingdon County Historical Society will being doing a 2021 Calendar with photos of J. C. Blair and the Blair Build...
07/12/2020

The Huntingdon County Historical Society will being doing a 2021 Calendar with photos of J. C. Blair and the Blair Building. If you would like to sponsor a calendar and/or preorder please print and fill out the form below. If you have any questions please email or call [email protected] (814)-643-5449. Thank you!

We are open on Wednesdays from 10am-4pm. We ask that you please make an appointment ahead of time by calling (814)-643-5...
06/22/2020

We are open on Wednesdays from 10am-4pm. We ask that you please make an appointment ahead of time by calling (814)-643-5449 or by emailing [email protected].

Check out these photos of the Blair Building that shows the damage from the fire to the Huntingdon Motor Electric compan...
05/16/2020

Check out these photos of the Blair Building that shows the damage from the fire to the Huntingdon Motor Electric company. 5/16/2020.

Photo Credit: Lonnie Smith Jr.

Recovery moves forward after fire destroys the historic J. C. Blair Building in Huntingdon. WJAC talks briefly with Hunt...
05/15/2020
WJAC-TV News

Recovery moves forward after fire destroys the historic J. C. Blair Building in Huntingdon. WJAC talks briefly with Huntingdon County Historical Society President Fred Lang.

"I’d like to start by saying again, the emergency response to what is likely the largest fire in Huntingdon, if not Huntingdon County’s history was impressive to say the least," said the county's E.M.A. director.

Hope you can join us today at 12 for a Zoom Genealogy Basics Lunch & Learn!
05/13/2020

Hope you can join us today at 12 for a Zoom Genealogy Basics Lunch & Learn!

Please join us for our free Lunch & Learn Genealogy Basics Zoom Meeting on May 13, 2020 at Noon

The Huntingdon County Historical Society is proud to host the second in the new 4 and More Cultural District Lunch & Learn series. Our topic will be Genealogy Basics. This is a free lecture. Come learn how to get started creating your own family tree. We’ll also share some tips and tricks to help make your tree the best it can be.

This is a Zoom meeting. Please join us by going to Zoom.com and input the following meeting number and password.

Meeting ID: 741 6104 8443
Password: 7XjahQ

We look forward to seeing you then!

So sad to have such a historic building in Huntingdon be destroyed by fire. Check out these photos from the archives at ...
05/13/2020

So sad to have such a historic building in Huntingdon be destroyed by fire. Check out these photos from the archives at the Huntingdon County Historical Society of the J. C. Blair building back in its glory days.

Society director to create Coronavirus Collection
05/05/2020
Society director to create Coronavirus Collection

Society director to create Coronavirus Collection

Empty store shelves, restaurants and stores closed, students learning at home — these are unprecedented times, history in the making. And the Huntingdon County Historical Society wants the public’s help

Please join us for our free Lunch & Learn Genealogy Basics Zoom Meeting on May 13, 2020 at NoonThe Huntingdon County His...
05/04/2020

Please join us for our free Lunch & Learn Genealogy Basics Zoom Meeting on May 13, 2020 at Noon

The Huntingdon County Historical Society is proud to host the second in the new 4 and More Cultural District Lunch & Learn series. Our topic will be Genealogy Basics. This is a free lecture. Come learn how to get started creating your own family tree. We’ll also share some tips and tricks to help make your tree the best it can be.

This is a Zoom meeting. Please join us by going to Zoom.com and input the following meeting number and password.

Meeting ID: 741 6104 8443
Password: 7XjahQ

We look forward to seeing you then!

Help us tell the story of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic in Huntingdon County!  The Historical Society is creating a ...
04/11/2020

Help us tell the story of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic in Huntingdon County! The Historical Society is creating a collection about the pandemic, and you can help. We need photos and stories of how this global event impacted Huntingdon County. Please send us photos and stories. Our email address is [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.

*Correction to flyer P. O. Box 305*

The first Lunch and Learn of the year is this Wednesday April 8, 2020. Check out 4 and More Cultural District for more L...
04/07/2020

The first Lunch and Learn of the year is this Wednesday April 8, 2020. Check out 4 and More Cultural District for more Lunch and Learns!

Post update: Closed until further notice.
03/30/2020

Post update: Closed until further notice.

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, the Huntingdon County Historical Society is going to remain closed until further notice.
If you have any questions please email [email protected] or call (814)-643-5449. Thank you!

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, the Huntingdon County Historical Society is going to remain closed until further not...
03/29/2020

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, the Huntingdon County Historical Society is going to remain closed until further notice.
If you have any questions please email [email protected] or call (814)-643-5449. Thank you!

Due to the COVID 19 outbreak, the Huntingdon County Historical Society is closed until Wednesday April 1, 2020. Our Wint...
03/18/2020

Due to the COVID 19 outbreak, the Huntingdon County Historical Society is closed until Wednesday April 1, 2020. Our Winter Lecture this Sunday has been canceled. If you have any questions please email [email protected] or call (814)-643-5449. Thank you!

Please join us this Sunday at 2pm for a lecture on Huntingdon County Rifle Makers by Denny Donharl. Our lectures are fre...
03/06/2020

Please join us this Sunday at 2pm for a lecture on Huntingdon County Rifle Makers by Denny Donharl. Our lectures are free and open to the public, donations are greatly appreciated.

If you live at Westminster Woods come and see HCHS Director Margaret Skrivseth and board member Lonnie Smith Jr. at the ...
02/04/2020

If you live at Westminster Woods come and see HCHS Director Margaret Skrivseth and board member Lonnie Smith Jr. at the Winterfest in the dining room from 10am - 2pm!

Please join us for our second lecture, part of our Winter Lecture Series! This Sunday January 26, 2020 hear Dr. Julie De...
01/25/2020

Please join us for our second lecture, part of our Winter Lecture Series! This Sunday January 26, 2020 hear Dr. Julie Decker talk about World War II Nurses at 2:00PM at the Huntingdon County Historical Society’s Exhibit Gallery.

Our Winter Lecture Series are free and open to the public, donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated!

Here’s a list of our upcoming lectures during our Winter Lecture Series!
01/06/2020

Here’s a list of our upcoming lectures during our Winter Lecture Series!

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable
12/26/2019

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

A Word Cloud made up of all the names and places of the different organizations that make up the Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable! As you can see by the word cloud History is the Heart of Huntingdon County! :)

Memberships make great gifts! Membersip benefits include: -Newsletter announcing programs, exhibits, publications, new a...
12/16/2019

Memberships make great gifts!

Membersip benefits include:
-Newsletter announcing programs, exhibits, publications, new accessions, tours, and society projects
-Free use of the research library
-Association with others interested in Huntingdon County history
-Opportunities to participate in projects, to serve on committees, or staff the research library
-Discounted prices on tours
-The satisfaction of supporting the preservation of Huntingdon County’s history

Membership is open to all who desire to join in supporting the Society’s purposes and participating in its activities.
To get a membership form please click here- https://huntingdonhistory.org/memberships/

Happy Holidays!

Looking for the perfect gift for someone that loves history? Give them the Gift of Membership! By joining one (or more :) ) of our local museums, historical societys and/or historic sites you are supporting them to continue to operate, preserve, and educate about our history and heritage AND some memberships have benefits! They may include free admission, receiving their newsletter, discounts in "gift shop" and on event tickets, etc. So please check with your local museums and historical societies and consider giving the gift of a membership for the holiday!
#MembershipMonday
Memberships benefits and prices vary from organization to organization.

Address

106 Fourth Street, PO Box 305
Huntingdon, PA
16652

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General information

Please forward all genealogy questions to [email protected] We do not use facebook to answer genealogy requests. Thank you. The Huntingdon County Hstorical Society, housed in the 1854 McMurtrie Mansion, provides a 2 room genealogy and history library, a Victorian House Museum, and collections of historic papers, letters, diaries, etc from Huntingdon County.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 19:00

Telephone

(814) 643-5449

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The mission of the Huntingdon County Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and interpret records, documents, and objects pertaining to the County’s history and to encourage knowledge of that history through a research library open to the public, the presentation of programs and exhibits, and the publication, both in print and electronically, of material that promotes greater understanding of Huntingdon County history.

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Hey folks! I was directed to your webpage (huntingdonhistory[.]org) to download a form (on the Research page) for assistance in getting some lookups. I cannot find any form, other than the contact form. Any assistance? Thanks!
Someone found this family bible in the trash. The Swayne family, namely Emerson Swayne, was born in Huntingdon County in 1857. He married Clara Feaster. The finder would like to find family in the area who would love to have the Bible, or donate it to a historical society. What a treasure.
my grteat grandfather waas born in huntingdon 1874 vincent warfield
Historic view of Penn Street
I have an old book that was published abt 1909, (date taken from advertisers in the back), The cover and title pages are missing. The first chapter is entitled "The Charter to William Penn for the Province of Pennsylvania-Formation of the Three Original Counties." Can someone please tell me what the name of this publication was? Also the publisher. This belonged to my g-grandfather Melville George Householder. This is a history of Huntingdon Co., PA. and its people. Civil war etc.
Huntingdon County Pa. historical Documents signed by Wm Smith 1823/33 Rare!
This is on the Price Motor Sales page
Thoroughly enjoyed the HCHS News Christmas 2017 issue that arrived in the mail tonight. Great job and wonderful story by Polly Smith titled, " Since 1870, Christmas is a federal holiday” I particularly enjoyed reading the post that were printed in The Local News in Huntingdon during December 1874! I will also be anxious to look over the new web site sponsored by Nancy Shedd titled “ The Huntingdon History Research Network Web site.” Thank you Nancy, what a marvelous and generous gift! Also of startling interest was the fact that the Church locations in our unique town form a perfect cross. How remarkable. There are some who say we live in a small micro-climate, or bubble from the outside world. Hmm, perhaps that is because of our Creator and Blessed Savior’s watch care over us! Personally, I believe it is! Thank you all who volunteer and work at HCHS. What a special group of people! God’s Blessings Be upon you all and may you and your families have a wonderful, safe and Very Merry Christmas!
Photo from William and Gail McCartney Emfield,s daughter, Nancy Emfield Dudash.
Photo from William and Gail McCartney Emfield,s daughter, Nancy Emfield Dudash.
Excellent day volunteering in the library. Our visitors were the best! And who ever brought in those Chambersburg peaches--they are incredible. : )