WELCOME TO THE
CLEARFIELD COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY!
NOTICE - CORONAVIRUS
During this pandemic period, we have closed
our genealogy research service, so as not to create undue exposure
to our 'all-volunteer' staff members.
We'll be back & "open for business" as soon
as we get the "all clear" signal
throughout the State!
Meanwhile, continue visiting all our web pages
for interesting photos and info regarding
President's Report - Spring 2020
By David Wulderk
None of us, as we entered 2020, would have thought that our lives would have been so disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the worst health crisis since the 1918 Influenza Epidemic that took hundreds of lives in Clearfield County alone. Let us hope and pray that we will never see such a tragedy ever repeated.
The Clearfield County Historical Society, like any other organization in the US, has too been affected. We will not be able to open our Kerr House Museum and the Alexander Research Center on May 3; as was planned. We will not open until Governor Wolf, working with commonwealth health experts, deems it safe to do so. Unfortunately, our Mothers Day Tea, planned for May 10, is cancelled for this year. We will have to see what June and the summer months bring us.
Our board of directors held a monthly meeting by means of a phone conference call. This is a part of the new and, hopefully, temporary normal. We are, though, making progress. Our heating system at the research center has been replaced and upgraded. The board has purchased a Scan Pro 2200 microfilm reader and a laser jet printer to vastly improve the efficiency of researching our county microfilmed data holdings.
The board has also republished the 1922 James Mitchell Lumbering and Rafting book and will add it to our publications inventory for sale. It is an excellent book that has been skillfully reviewed in this bulletin issue by board member Bob Eshelman.
Our Christmas Holiday annual book sale in December was an outstanding success! Many of the books purchased were used for gifts, including the new Public Spirit book of genealogy and township anecdotes, compiled by Diane and Jim Yarger. Over 200 of the 300 printed copies of our Back In the Day cookbook, which is a collection of submitted family recipes, were sold in the month of December alone! Julie Houston, of our board, was the driving force behind the cookbook’s creation.
On a sad note; the CCHS mourns the passing of former board member, Sgt. Major Morton Shea Landy of Mahaffey. He passed away in November at the age of 91. He was a decent man, a dedicated and career US Marine, and a good friend and board member. Mort asked that his dress blue uniform be donated to the CCHS Museum’s military display room. We will be proud to feature it. Board member, Denny Shaffner, has written a moving tribute to Mort that appears in this issue of our bulletin.
In spite of these troubled times; the CCHS still looks forward. We hope to have a Suffern’ Suffrage program, for the public, to be held in late June to mark the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th US constitutional amendment, that granted women’s voting rights, everywhere in the nation. The Clearfield County Fair is always an attraction and the CCHS plans to again be a part of the fair parade and sponsor the Derby Hat Day at the Grandstand racing track. We are making and tweaking plans to hold our vastly popular Night At The Museum event in August. The Apple Cider Festival at the historic Bloody Knox Cabin in Kellytown is still on for October.
We are a historical society, so we also look to the past. In July, the Frenchville Picnic will mark its 150th outing at the St. Mary’s RC Church grounds. Board member, Mary Kay Royer, has been instrumental in coordinating this time honored and well loved event. Likewise, in late July, the Houtzdale Days Committee is expanding its celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of the borough’s founding. 1870 was a significant year for Clearfield County!
Please visit our website at clearfieldcountyhistoricalsociety.net review samples of our ever growing collection of county historical postcard and photo scenes. They represent a wide selection of life and scenes in Clearfield County that have since passed into county history. Our website manager, Jim Moore, has created and added this great visual section and invites site visitors to submit their post cards by emailing them to Here’s My Postcard. These confining times have seen more and more interest in our website, as well as our Facebook and Instagram sites.
We are proud to have all of you as part of our CCHS! When this virus passes; remember to renew and reignite your interest in the rich history of Clearfield County. When we all able to move about freely; bring your family and friends to visit our museum and research center. Make it a family tradition to attend our historical events. We warmly welcome you! Remember, history often begins at home!
David Wulderk, President CCHS
Visiting for our
Kerr Museum and Genealogy Research Center
will resume soon as Coronavirus-19 restrictions are lifted!.
Hope to see you when we re-open!
Meanwhile, stay tuned to this web site for new details as they develope.
'til then please enjoy our photo tour !
.... click on photos for enlargements with descritions.
'Toggle' for full screen view, or click any photo for slide show of interesting historical aspects and relics of Clearfield County, available through our Museums, Book Store, and Genealogy Research Center !
We invite you to explore the origins and diversity of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania and its people.
Here you can conduct research, browse our wealth of exhibits and publications, and join us in preserving and understanding our heritage as a diverse and dynamic people throughout the years.
This growing Society, a completely volunteer organization, is dedicated to the preservation of the history and memories of Clearfield County.
Our mission is maintaining and preserving records, elements, data and artifacts regarding Clearfield County's creation, origination, development and the memory of individuals responsible for its proliferation.
You can become involved as a Society Member, a volunteer, a promoter, a researcher, a financial and /or volunteer supporter in keeping the history and lore of Clearfield County alive.
Hopefully, this web presentation will stir your interest to visit our museums, research your ancestors or simply provide information you find significant and interesting!
We can be reached in person, by phone, mail, or our convenient
Contact Form below. ….whichever method you choose.
Click the tags on this map for our Museum locations ...
The Clearfield County Historical Society is established for the expressed purpose of preserving the history, memories, artifacts and genealogy of Clearfield County and it's residents.
A non-profit, volunteer society, whose members and leaders are dedicated to maintaining the facts, culture and records of county ancestors who provided the fundamental, economic and detailed structure effecting our presence within Pennsylvania.
This web site and contents are intended to bring you closer to this significant history, giving you opportunities to participate in and with the Society and its future. It is a 'work in progress' as developments occur, resources are discovered and events become scheduled.
You are invited to be involved in the many facets and efforts necessary to carry out the missions of this Society and the memberships goals!
As you browse the pages of this informational web site, imagine yourself, your ideas, your talents assisting the dedicated volunteers to enjoy our illustrious past.
There are plenty of links, phone numbers, addresses for you to use in making contact to express your particular interests in this regard, don't hesitate.......
Sincerely, the Board, Officers and all Members of this Society group.
Kerr Museum & Research Center are closed until the Coronavirus-19 Pandemic restrictions are lifted....keep watching this site for updates....
We are a 40 member volunteer organization.
Clearfield County Historical Society
511 Van Valzah Ave.
Clearfield, PA 16830
Phone: 814-768-7318 for a brief recording...
1. 'KERR HOUSE' MUSEUM
104 E. Pine St,
Clearfield, Pa 16830
2. 'WILLIAM B. ALEXANDER V' GENELOGICAL RESEARCH CENTER:
511 Van Valzah Ave.
Clearfield, PA 16830
3. 'BLOODY KNOX' Cabin Museum:
6246 Curwensville - Tyrone Hwy.
Olanta, PA 16863
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