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

Please forward all genealogy questions to [email protected]. We do not use facebook to answer genealogy requests. Thank you.

Want to help with the Huntingdon County Historical Society's Garden Project? Well there are 2 was you can! One way is to...
06/21/2019

Want to help with the Huntingdon County Historical Society's Garden Project? Well there are 2 was you can! One way is to volunteer in the garden during our scheduled work days and the other is donate to the purchase of plants, flowers, trees and ect. Information in photos attached. There is a work day scheduled for tomorrow Saturday June 22, 2019 at 7:15am-10am and again from 12pm-2pm.
For more information or questions please call (814)-643-5449 or email [email protected]. Thanks for your support!

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06/20/2019

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06/11/2019

Hours Change!!
We are now only Open on Wednesdays
10AM - 7PM

Sharing for our friends at the BEDFORD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS: SILENT AUCTION & PIG ROAST FUNDRAISERThe Bedf...
06/04/2019
Bedford County Historical Society, PA - History, Genealogy

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BEDFORD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS: SILENT AUCTION & PIG ROAST FUNDRAISER
The Bedford County Historical Society is holding a Pig Roast & Silent Auction on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at 6:00 pm at the Hall at Kinton’s Knob, 6441 Lincoln Hwy, Bedford (BCHS, 2nd Floor). Doors will open at 5:30 pm for the Silent Auction, and dinner will be served at 6 through 6:45 pm. Parking and entrance are in the rear.Advance tickets are $15.00 each, and tickets purchased at the door will be $20.00 each. Take out only is $15.00 each.Many of the items and gift certificates have been donated from local businesses, as well as by members. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (814)623-2011, email [email protected], or visit our website www.bedfordpahistory.com.

Web site of the Bedford County Historical Society(BCHS), Bedford PA

The Huntingdon County Historical Society's Garden Project Work Day for Saturday May 18, 2019 is CANCELED until further n...
05/14/2019

The Huntingdon County Historical Society's Garden Project Work Day for Saturday May 18, 2019 is CANCELED until further notice.
Please check back here for more information or if you have any questions please call (814)-643-5449 or email [email protected]. Thank you.

05/10/2019

The Huntingdon County Historical Society's Garden Project Work Day for Saturday May 11, 2019 is CANCELED due to unforeseen circumstances. The next Garden Project Work Day is planned for Saturday May 18, 2019 9am-4pm. Please check back here for more information or if you have any questions please call (814)-643-5449 or email [email protected]. Thank you.

Thank you to all who attended our Annual Meeting on April 24, 2019 we hope you enjoyed it! A special thanks to our guest...
04/29/2019

Thank you to all who attended our Annual Meeting on April 24, 2019 we hope you enjoyed it! A special thanks to our guest speaker Julie Rockwell for her very informative, passionate and energetic presentation "Saving Huntingdons History in the Digital Age".

At the meeting we held our election of Board Members, please welcome our new Trustees- Virginia Cooper, Raynell Gay & James Reeves

2019 Board of Trustees and Officers-
Fred Lang, President
Dale Norris, Vice-President
Maria Pettinger, Secretary
J. Patrick McCloskey, Treasurer
Roy Stevens
Glenn Metz
J. Murray Africa
William Robb
Polly Smith
Lonnie Smith Jr.
Larry Hamilton
Virginia Cooper
Raynell Gay
James Reeves

Come and see us today during Mayfest of Huntingdon 2019!!
04/27/2019

Come and see us today during Mayfest of Huntingdon 2019!!

The Huntingdon County Historical Society 's Research Library and Victorian House Museum will be OPEN this Saturday April 27, 2019 9am to 3pm during Mayfest of Huntingdon. We hope to see you there!

The Huntingdon County Historical Society 's Research Library and Victorian House Museum  will be OPEN this Saturday Apri...
04/25/2019

The Huntingdon County Historical Society 's Research Library and Victorian House Museum will be OPEN this Saturday April 27, 2019 9am to 3pm during Mayfest of Huntingdon. We hope to see you there!

The new Huntingdon County Historical Society logo! 2019
04/11/2019

The new Huntingdon County Historical Society logo!
2019

04/03/2019

Just a reminder that the Huntingdon County Historical Society's Research Library is open for the 2019 season!

We will only be open on Wednesday's 10AM - 8PM.

If you are NOT a Member of the HCHS there is a $10.00 Per Person Fee to use our research library. Members of the HCHS have Free access to the research library.

If you have any questions please call (814)-643-5449 or email [email protected].

If you would like to join (or renew) the HCHS please fill out our membership form which can be printed from here- http://huntingdonhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Membership-Application-8-17-2018.pdf

Please join us tomorrow, Saturday March 30, 2019 for our Used and New Booksale from 1:00PM-4:00PM in the HCHS Exhibit Ga...
03/29/2019

Please join us tomorrow, Saturday March 30, 2019 for our Used and New Booksale from 1:00PM-4:00PM in the HCHS Exhibit Gallery!
Corner of 4th Street and Allegheny Streets-106 4th Street Huntingdon PA 16652

The Huntingdon County Historical Society will have a Used and New Booksale on Saturday March 30, 2019 1:00PM-4:00PM in the HCHS Exhibit Gallery.

03/28/2019

CHANGE OF HOURS!
The Huntingdon County Historical Society as of April 3, 2019 will only be open on Wednesdays 10:00AM - 8:00PM or by appointment until further notice. Thank you.

Also don't forget about our Used and New Booksale on Saturday March 30, 2019 1:00PM-4:00PM in the HCHS Exhibit Gallery. We hope to see you there!

03/24/2019
The Daily News

Video from The Daily News of the Huntingdon County Medal of Honor Monument Dedication today!!

Medal of Honor Monument dedication.

William D. Port born on October 13, 1941 in Petersburg. He served in the US Army as as Private First Class, Company C, 5...
03/23/2019

William D. Port born on October 13, 1941 in Petersburg. He served in the US Army as as Private First Class, Company C, 5th Battalion, 7th United States Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division during the Vietnam War. He was issued the Medal of Honor (citation-) "For conspicious gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. He distinguished himself while serving as a rifleman with Company C, which was conducting operations against an enemy force in the Que Son Valley. As his platoon was moving to cut off a reported movement of enemy soldiers, the platoon came underheavy fire from an entrenched enemy force. The platoon was forced to withdraw due to the intensity and ferocity of the fire. Although wounded in the hand as the withdrawal began, Port, with complete disregard for his safety, ran through the heavy fire to assist a wounded comrade back to the safety of the platoon perimeter. As the enemy forces assaulted in the perimeter, Port and three comrades were in position behind an embankment when an enemy grenade landed in their midst. Port, realizing the danger to his fellow soldiers, shouted the warning, "Grenade," and unhesitatingly hurled himself toward the grenade in order to shield his comrades from the explosion. Through exemplary courage and devotion he saved the lives of his fellow soldiers and gave the members of his platoon the inspiration need to hold their position. His selfless concern for his comrades, at the risk of his own life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit and the United States Army".
He was wounded and taken prisoner. He died while a prisoner of war on November 27, 1968 and his body was buried in a common grave in the jungle with eight other POWs. His remains were located by a U.S. team working with the Vietnamese government in August 1985. In October 1985, his remains were positively identified and returned to the United States for burial in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. He is located in Section 7, Lot/Grave 8120-B. He is one of the 2 Medal of Honor Recipients from Huntingdon County to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
#HuntingdonMedalofHonorWeek

All are welcomed and invited to attend the dedication on-
Saturday March 23, 2019 at 12:00PM
at the Huntingdon County Courthouse
223 Penn St, Huntingdon, PA 16652
Following the dedication there will be
a reception at the Huntingdon VFW
520 Penn Street, Huntingdon PA 16652
Please feel free to Bring a Chair!
https://www.facebook.com/events/964891707041331/

William P. Maclay born on March 18, 1877 in Spruce Creek. Maclay served as a Private, Company A, 43d Infantry, U.S. Volu...
03/22/2019

William P. Maclay born on March 18, 1877 in Spruce Creek. Maclay served as a Private, Company A, 43d Infantry, U.S. Volunteers in the US Army during the Philippine Insurrection. He was awarded the Medal of Honor on March 11, 1902 for (citation-) "Charged an occupied bastion, saving the life of an officer in a hand-to-hand combat and destroying the enemy". He lived in Altoona, Blair County for part of his life and enlisted there. He died on July 31, 1943 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. He is located in Section 7 Lot/Grave 9008-F-ES. He is 1 of 2 Medal of Honor Recipients from Huntingdon County that are buried in Arlington National Cemetery. #HuntingdonMedalofHonorWeek

All are welcomed and invited to attend the dedication on-
Saturday March 23, 2019 at 12:00PM
at the Huntingdon County Courthouse
223 Penn St, Huntingdon, PA 16652
Following the dedication there will be
a reception at the Huntingdon VFW
520 Penn Street, Huntingdon PA 16652
Please feel free to Bring a Chair!
https://www.facebook.com/events/964891707041331/

Thank you to the Blair County Historical Society for the newspaper clipping/picture of Maclay!

Henry C. Warfel, born September 14, 1844 in Mill Creek. Warfel served in the Union Army as a Private, Company A, 1st Pen...
03/21/2019

Henry C. Warfel, born September 14, 1844 in Mill Creek. Warfel served in the Union Army as a Private, Company A, 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry during the Civil War. He was awarded the Medal of Honor on April 5, 1865 at Paine's Crossroads, Virginia. His citation- "Capture of Virginia state colors." He died on June 17, 1923 and is buried in Philipsburg, Centre County, PA. #HuntingdonMedalofHonorWeek

All are welcomed and invited to attend the dedication on-
Saturday March 23, 2019 at 12:00PM
at the Huntingdon County Courthouse
223 Penn St, Huntingdon, PA 16652
Following the dedication there will be
a reception at the Huntingdon VFW
520 Penn Street, Huntingdon PA 16652
Please feel free to Bring a Chair!
https://www.facebook.com/events/964891707041331/

William Reed, born February 21, 1839 in Union County PA. Served in the Union Army as a Private in Company H, 8th Missour...
03/20/2019

William Reed, born February 21, 1839 in Union County PA. Served in the Union Army as a Private in Company H, 8th Missouri Infantry during the Civil War. On December 12, 1895 he was awarded the Medal of Honor for (citation-) "Gallantry in the charge of the volunteer storming party". After the war he moved to Huntingdon where he started a business in the now-former Grove's Office Supply store on Washington Street. He died on May 30, 1918 and is buried in Riverview Cemetery, Huntingdon. He is the only one out of the 5 Medal of Honor Recipients buried in Huntingdon County. #HuntingdonMedalofHonorWeek

All are welcomed and invited to attend the dedication on-
Saturday March 23, 2019 at 12:00PM
at the Huntingdon County Courthouse
223 Penn St, Huntingdon, PA 16652
Following the dedication there will be
a reception at the Huntingdon VFW
520 Penn Street, Huntingdon PA 16652
Please feel free to Bring a Chair!
https://www.facebook.com/events/964891707041331/

Horace Porter, son of PA Governor David Rittenhouse Porter was born on April 15, 1837 in Huntingdon. Porter served in th...
03/19/2019

Horace Porter, son of PA Governor David Rittenhouse Porter was born on April 15, 1837 in Huntingdon. Porter served in the Union Army in the Civil War, reaching the rank of brigadier general. He received the Medal of Honor at the Battle of Chickamauga, which happened September 18-20, 1863. On September 20, 1863, Porter was serving as a captain in the Ordnance Department. His citation: “While acting as a volunteer aide, at a critical moment when the lines were broken, rallied enough fugitives to hold the ground under heavy fire long enough to effect the escape of wagon trains and batteries.” Later in life He was U.S. Ambassador to France from 1897 to 1905, paying for the recovery of the body of John Paul Jones and sending it to the United States for re-burial. Porter died on May 29, 1921 in New York and is buried New Jersey. #HuntingdonMedalofHonorWeek

All are welcomed and invited to attend the dedication on-
Saturday March 23, 2019 at 12:00PM
at the Huntingdon County Courthouse
223 Penn St, Huntingdon, PA 16652
Following the dedication there will be
a reception at the Huntingdon VFW
520 Penn Street, Huntingdon PA 16652
https://www.facebook.com/events/964891707041331/

Looking for something to do in your spare time? Well the Huntingdon County Historical Society is looking for Volunteers!...
03/17/2019

Looking for something to do in your spare time? Well the Huntingdon County Historical Society is looking for Volunteers! If interested please call (814)-643-5449 or email [email protected] for more information!

The Huntingdon County Historical Society will have a Used and New Booksale on Saturday March 30, 2019 1:00PM-4:00PM in t...
03/11/2019

The Huntingdon County Historical Society will have a Used and New Booksale on Saturday March 30, 2019 1:00PM-4:00PM in the HCHS Exhibit Gallery.

Thank you to Robert Hazelton for a very informative lecture on Pennsylvania Furnace today!! Thank you to all who came! W...
03/11/2019

Thank you to Robert Hazelton for a very informative lecture on Pennsylvania Furnace today!! Thank you to all who came! We hope you enjoyed it!
The Huntingdon County Historical Society is having a Used and New Booksale on Saturday March 30, 2019 in our Exhibit Gallery 1:00PM - 4:00PM.

Today is International Women's Day! Meet Clara McMurtrie, one of the Founding Members of the Huntingdon County Historica...
03/08/2019

Today is International Women's Day!
Meet Clara McMurtrie, one of the Founding Members of the Huntingdon County Historical Society. She was born on February 7, 1860 and died on September 16, 1952.

She attended a private school in Huntingdon and then went to Wilson College. She return home to Huntingdon after one year to take care of her sister. She never married.

Throughout her life, she traveled extensively and in 1905 went on a trip around the world. She donated the structures and property that today house the Huntingdon County Library and the Huntingdon County Historical Society.

#InternationalWomensDay
March is also #WomenHistoryMonth

Thank you to Steve Runkle for the wonderful presentation on Lumbering and Rafting last night. Thank you to all who came,...
03/06/2019

Thank you to Steve Runkle for the wonderful presentation on Lumbering and Rafting last night. Thank you to all who came, we hope you enjoyed it!
Please join us on Sunday March 10, 2019 at 2pm for Robert Hazelton's Pennsylvania Furnace Lecture!
Our Lectures are Free and Open to the Public, though Donations are greatly appreciated.

02/07/2019

Lecture starts in about 45 minutes! Hope to see you there!

01/16/2019

Please join HCHS for the first Winter Lecture of 2019. Steven Runkle presents: Lumbering and Rafting in the Susquehanna River Basin.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM at HCHS's Exhibit Gallery.

This event is free and open to all!!

This presentation chronicles logging, river transportation of logs and cut lumber, and lumber milling from colonial times through the 19th Century, principally using the pictures of Thomas T. Taber, III of Muncy, Pa. Take an imaginary 346-mile trip on a timber raft from Cherry Tree down the Susquehanna River all the way to tidewater at Port Deposit, Maryland. The last part of this voyage is on the historically treacherous lower Susquehanna River. The logging, log boom and drives, logging railroad, lumber milling, and tanning industry portion of the presentation focuses on the West Branch Susquehanna River watershed above Williamsport. Here were the richest timber resources of the Susquehanna Basin. The wanton harvest of these virgin timberlands made Williamsport the “Lumber Capital of the World” during the middle of the 19th Century. It also brought with it labor exploitation, environmental devastation, and catastrophic flooding. Through conservation and sustainable forestry management, the damages of the 19th Century have now been healed. In this presentation, get to know the “wood hicks”, rivermen, log drivers, boom rats, and industrialists that made the early “lumber boom” happen. (Note: An audio recording of logging songs is played as an introduction to this presentation.)W

For further details, please call 814-643-5449.

12/02/2018

Santa Claus just arrived here in the parlor of the McMutrie House come see and get your picture with him until 4pm!! 🎅

Looking for that perfect gift for someone interested in our local history? Come and see us during the Huntingdon Hometow...
12/01/2018

Looking for that perfect gift for someone interested in our local history? Come and see us during the Huntingdon Hometown Holiday Celebration and check out our wonderful "gift shop"!! ☃🎄 All our books and things are on sale!

We will be open the rest of today Saturday December 1, 2018 until 8pm and tomorrow Sunday December 2, 2018 1pm - 4pm. Santa will be here for pictures tomorrow (Sunday) at 3pm! 🎅

Another great great stop after you come and see the Huntingdon Hometown Holiday Celebration!!
11/30/2018

Another great great stop after you come and see the Huntingdon Hometown Holiday Celebration!!

Huntingdon County History and Heritage roundtable meeting tomorrow!
11/26/2018
Roundtable event to promote history

Huntingdon County History and Heritage roundtable meeting tomorrow!

Huntingdon County is a place rich with both history and heritage and to preserve and promote those assets, a roundtable event will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov.

Looking for something to do on Saturday November 24, 2018? Theres lots to do in wonderful historic Huntingdon County!! T...
11/19/2018

Looking for something to do on Saturday November 24, 2018? Theres lots to do in wonderful historic Huntingdon County!!

The Three Springs Historical will have their Cemetery Tour 2018 at 2 pm starting at the museum. The Christmas Tree Show at the Three Springs Ambulance building from noon till 6 pm.

Petersburg has their annual Community Christmas Party at 6pm at the Petersburg Town Hall: https://www.facebook.com/events/195675621321685/

The Orbisonia-Rockhill Furnace Historical Society's "Christmas in Our Hometown" celebration, which will feature a tour of the Custer~Shellabarger Homestead. Flyer shown.

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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