Mount Union Area Historical Society

Mount Union Area Historical Society The Mount Union Area Historical Society, formed in 1976, preserves and communicates the history of Mount Union, Pennsylvania. The Society's museum is in the restored Sharrar house, built in 1841 and the oldest building in Mount Union.
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Three other museum buildings, the Abraham Price House at the opposite end of the Historical Society Lawn on Water Street, the Industrial Museum on East Market Street, and the Mt. Nebo Church, plus the Interpretive Park on Jefferson Street, contain additional exhibits and a large local history research center. The Sharrar House and Price House are open to the public on Thursdays from May until October from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. or upon request.

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable
09/08/2020

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

Next up we have the Mount Union Area 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.

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable
09/06/2020

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

Check out what’s happening with our friends at the Rockhill Trolley Museum and East Broad Top Railroad!
08/11/2020

Check out what’s happening with our friends at the Rockhill Trolley Museum and East Broad Top Railroad!

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

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable
07/15/2020

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

Where will your next adventure take you?

Check out these pictures from around Mount Union! Thanks Jackson-Township historical preservation!
07/06/2020

Check out these pictures from around Mount Union! Thanks Jackson-Township historical preservation!

06/26/2020
Bricktown Model Railroaders Association

Have you followed our friends at the Bricktown Model Railroaders Association Museums page? If not make sure to check it out and Like!

They have been making wonderful progress with renovating the building and setting up their trains, displays and exhibits. They also do the Horrorween Haunted Warehouse at Halloween time and around Valentines Day.

History museum

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable
04/18/2020

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

Teachers planning online lessons and Parents doing homeschooling activities- Have you thought about including Local History?

Our local history and heritage is so important and we have such great resources in Huntingdon County with our museums, historical societies, sites!
If you have questions about anything please reach out to them. All their contact information is on our website www.huntingdoncountyhistory.com and most organizations have a page. See what they have on their website and page. They may be closed due to COVID-19 but they check messages, emails, voicemails and mail. There’s lots of local history books out there as well, some available free online.

If you have any questions or comments please let us know.

Please share with teachers and families!

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable
04/13/2020

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

Did you know that there are over 200 Cemeteries in Huntingdon County and one of them is a Pet Cemetery? The Mount Union Pet Cemetery.

03/27/2020
Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable

@Have you checked out the Huntingdon County History & Heritage Roundtable's website yet??
With the COVID-19 epidemic going on here's your chance to check it out and see which historical destinations you want to visit this year!
Let us know what you think! Please share! :)

www.huntingdoncountyhistory.com

and make sure to check out our roundtable members pages!

Huntingdon County Historical Society
Hartslog Heritage Museum
Hartslog Day Heritage Festival
Swigart Museum
Huntingdon County Fair Farm Museum
Help Save the Manor Hill Church
Barree Forge and Furnace
Isett Heritage Museum
Three Springs/Saltillo area Historical Society
Raystown Lake Region
Historic Blair Park
Juniata College Museum of Art
Friends of the East Broad Top
Pogue, Pennsylvania
Rockhill Trolley Museum
East Broad Top
Orbisonia - Rockhill Furnace Historical Society
Bricktown Model Railroaders Association
Horrorween Haunted Warehouse
Mount Union Area Historical Society
Greenwood Furnace State Park
Warriors Mark Area Historical Society
Huntingdon County Juneteenth
Broad Top Coal Miners Museum
Petersburg Heritage Museum
Historic Keller Reformed Church & Cemetery
Newton-Wayne Historical Society
Mayfest of Huntingdon
Huntingdon County Library
L.A. Beeghly Library - Juniata College
Alexandria Memorial Library
Mount Union Community LIbrary
Southern Huntingdon Area Library
Saxton Community Library

Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce
Huntingdon County Business and Industry
Juniata College
Mount Union Area Partnership
PCDA

visitPA
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
The State Museum of Pennsylvania

The Daily Show
The Valley Log
Common Ground Magazine
The Altoona Mirror
Centre Daily Times

Blair County Genealogical Society, Inc.
Mifflin County Historical Society
Bedford County Chamber of Commerce (PA)

Our website officially launched on March 9, 2020.

Here is an image of the early Mount Union PRR station. The lack of three rail track  on the third track from the station...
03/21/2020

Here is an image of the early Mount Union PRR station. The lack of three rail track on the third track from the station indicates the image may be from prior to the construction of the East Broad Top in 1872-74. The Pennsylvania Railroad was built through this area around 1850 and trains were operating to Pittsburgh in 1852.

Information above, shared from the Friends of the East Broad Top FB page. Make sure to check their page out and while you’re there make sure to “Like” it!

Pennsylvania Railroad Depot along Pennsylvania Avenue in the town of Mt. Union, Huntingdon County in the early 1900's.

MOUNT UNION AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETYMOUNT UNION AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY WAS CREATED TO PRESERVE THE HERITAGE AND CULTURE ...
03/20/2020

MOUNT UNION AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

MOUNT UNION AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY WAS CREATED TO PRESERVE THE HERITAGE AND CULTURE OF THE MOUNT UNION AREA

The Sharrar Stone House has rotating displays from the area. The house was built by John Sharrar in 1841 as a dwelling and store along the Pennsylvania Canal. The Abram Price House at 22 w. Water St. holds our archives, photographs and genealogy for research. Some of our industrial artifacts are displayed at the Bricktown Museum at 300 w. Small St.
Hours: by appointment.
Contact Murray Africa, MUAHS President
Location: West Water Street Mount Union, PA 17066
Address: PO Box 118 Mount Union, PA 17066 Phone: (814) 542-2534
Email: [email protected]
www.huntingdoncountyhistory.com

Mount Union Area Historical Society's cover photo
03/17/2020

Mount Union Area Historical Society's cover photo

03/14/2019

Elizabeth S. “Ish” Goodman

It is with great sadness that we say farewell to a founding member and staunch supporter of our society, Elizabeth S. “Ish” Goodman.

Ish passed away at the age of 93 on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

In 1976, Ish was one of the charter members of the Mount Union Area Historical Society. She contributed her many talents to the society in a myriad of ways, most notably as the Society’s long-time Archivist and go-to person for answers to questions about Mount Union history and genealogy.

Mrs. Goodman was also an active member of the Mount Union Presbyterian Church, serving as organist (for over 40 years!), choir member, member of session, and clerk of session.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Women’s Association, the Shakespeare Club, the Red Hat Society, the 20th Century Women’s Club, the Bridge Club, and a lifetime member of the Mount Union Alumni Association. Ish also taught piano lessons, was a Cub Scout den mother, and served on the Mount Union Area School Board.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Mrs. Goodman may do so to either the Mount Union Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 163, Mount Union, PA 17066; or to the Mount Union Historical Society, P.O. Box 118, Mount Union, PA 17066.

The back of this recently-donated post card bears the handwritten note "Chestnut Party crowd showing just a few of the n...
02/16/2017

The back of this recently-donated post card bears the handwritten note "Chestnut Party crowd showing just a few of the number. I will name them when I come home."

Was a chestnut party some sort of fall activity?

09/15/2016

Help us celebrate forty years of the Mount Union Area Historical Society at Canal Era Day, Saturday , October 1, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The event will be held on the Sharrar House grounds in West Water Street, Mount Union.

There will be entertainment, performing artists, antique crafts demonstrations, and ethnic food.

Visit our newly-equipped Research Room in the Price House to see our vision of the next forty years of the Society !

04/25/2016

Please join us for the Annual Dinner and Meeting of the Mount Union Area Historical Society on Saturday, June 11. The dinner is at the St. Luke Lutheran Church, on the corner of Market and Jefferson Streets, in Mount Union.

We’ll gather at 5:30 pm and enjoy a roast turkey dinner with all the fixings at 6:00.

Our speaker will be Peg Boozel, leader of the “History Alive” program for local high school students, assisted by program participants Kevin Long and Daisy Muckie.

The cost for the dinner is $15. Please reserve your place by calling Mary Hancock at 814-542-9924 before May 30.

We hope to have the pleasure of your company at the dinner.

Here's what grocery shopping looked like before the invention of the self-serve market. This photo comes from the Kidd f...
10/08/2015

Here's what grocery shopping looked like before the invention of the self-serve market. This photo comes from the Kidd family.

The Sharrar House will host special exhibits this Saturday, October 3, at the annual Canal Era Days festival. Expect mus...
09/26/2015

The Sharrar House will host special exhibits this Saturday, October 3, at the annual Canal Era Days festival. Expect music, food, and an all-around good time.

The great picture of a touring party in a pre-1913 Cadillac comes to us from Virginia Hicks Spires. The long dusters, le...
09/17/2015

The great picture of a touring party in a pre-1913 Cadillac comes to us from Virginia Hicks Spires. The long dusters, leather gloves, and headscarves were standard apparel for ladies bouncing over dirt roads at unheard-of speeds exceeding 20 mph.

Who can tell us more about Mt. Union's Acme Store? This photo was obviously taken a while ago. Notice that steak is 32 c...
07/12/2015

Who can tell us more about Mt. Union's Acme Store? This photo was obviously taken a while ago. Notice that steak is 32 cents a pound !

June is a popular month for weddings, so let's share this photo from the Drake-Ross photo album in the society's collect...
06/28/2015

June is a popular month for weddings, so let's share this photo from the Drake-Ross photo album in the society's collection.

The narrow ring prominently displayed on the hand holding her hat suggests this elegant young lady may be posing at the time of her wedding. (This may even be a wedding dress, as Civil War-era bridal dresses were often but not always white.)

The pagoda sleeves of the silk dress are ornamented by box-pleated ruching and gigantic undersleeves. The same ruching has been applied to the two-pointed fan bodice in a shape reminiscent of the bolero jacket.

Additional decoration includes the fashionably narrow collar, watchchain, and elaborate buttons.

The straw hat is in a style of the late 1850s.

Here's another one of our puzzling photos. A note on the back says this handsome log dwelling once stood on "Front Stree...
06/14/2015

Here's another one of our puzzling photos.

A note on the back says this handsome log dwelling once stood on "Front Street in Allenport."

Can anyone tell us more about where this building was located?

06/03/2015

The Mt. Union Are Historical Society will once again celebrate Canal Era Day on October 3, 2015. The theme this year is “People Who Have Made Us Who We Are.”

The theme will honor the volunteer work of twelve persons who once lived in Mount Union. Any deceased past resident of the borough is eligible to be considered via the society’s nomination process.

Nominations should state the name of the deceased person, explain the scope of his or her volunteer work, and explain how this volunteerism has enriched and improved the lives of people in our area. Nominees may have been of any age at the time of their passing.

Anyone can submit one or more nominations. Send nominations to The Mount Union Area Historical Society, Attn: Mrs. Elaine P. Africa, President, P.O. Box. 118, Mount Union, PA 17066. Please include your name, address and telephone number so we can contact you if necessary.

This is the composing room of the Mount Union Times.Notice the angled pairs of type cases, each with many little boxes t...
05/31/2015

This is the composing room of the Mount Union Times.

Notice the angled pairs of type cases, each with many little boxes that held the pieces of type for printing each letter. The compositor picked up each letter one at a time with his or her right hand and placed it in a holder known as a composing stick in the left hand, building the newspaper one letter and one line at a time.

Each pair of cases would have held all the letters for one type face and size. The closer, more horizontal type case held lower case letters. The upper, inclined one held the capital letters and special characters.

Now you know why computers still talk of lower case and upper case characters !

Vehicles belonging to the Mount Union Motor Car Co. take part in a holiday parade.
05/26/2015

Vehicles belonging to the Mount Union Motor Car Co. take part in a holiday parade.

Remember when this delivery vehicle plied the streets of Mt. Union?
05/19/2015

Remember when this delivery vehicle plied the streets of Mt. Union?

The warehouse for Shapiro's Furniture was a later tenant of the still-extant brick building at the corner of Lafayette a...
05/12/2015

The warehouse for Shapiro's Furniture was a later tenant of the still-extant brick building at the corner of Lafayette and Small Street that originally housed E. A. Beaver, wholesale grocers.

05/05/2015

The Mt. Union Are Historical Society will once again celebrate Canal Era Day on October 3, 2015. The theme this year is “People Who Have Made Us Who We Are.”

The theme will honor the volunteer work of twelve persons who once lived in Mount Union. Any deceased past resident of the borough is eligible to be considered via the society’s nomination process.

Nominations should state the name of the deceased person, explain the scope of his or her volunteer work, and explain how this volunteerism has enriched and improved the lives of people in our area. Nominees may have been of any age at the time of their passing.

Anyone can submit one or more nominations. Send nominations to The Mount Union Area Historical Society, Attn: Mrs. Elaine P. Africa, President, P.O. Box. 118, Mount Union, PA 17066. Please include your name, address and telephone number so we can contact you if necessary.

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8 – 22 West Water Street
Mount Union, PA
17066

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PO Box 118 Mount Union, PA 17066

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When I was in 5th grade me and my friend Carl Harmon were running thru a field on our way to our fav fishin hole when I tripped and fell flat on my face on top of a tombstone! I told my teacher about it(Mr,Crietz) and he took us ALL on a field trip armed with big pieces of paper and crayons.He showed us how to lay the paper on the tombstone and lay the crayon flat to etch the words onto the paper! We found ALOT of tombstones! Turned out it was a graveyard that had actually been forgotten!! He turned all the papers into the state and they came out and put up a historical sign! It was between the old shoe factory and the river and between the railroad tracks and the Kistler bridge. Can you please post the sign? I swear it was 1600's and some research we did was on of the tombstones that belonged to Capt Jack who was killed by Indians?
I am looking for the first book "Bricktown" about Mount Union...Please message me if you are willing to sell
When is the annual Canal Days scheduled for this year? Would that be on 10/6/18 or otherwise?
When is the Canal Era day this year? 2017