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President's Report - Fall 2018

This President's Report, along with lots of current activities, appears in our Fall 2018 'BULLETIN'.

   Members have already received their copy of this informative publication.

   We invite Non-Members to join and receive their included copy!

   A $5 copy is available when you visit our Museums or Research Center.

 

STORY FEATURES....with Photos

  • 1918  Flu Epidemic, Historic sacrifice of Nurse Elizabeth Clees. 
  • First World War's End, Aftermath in Clearfield County.
  • List, County soldiers killed, WW1.
  • County Home Cemetery
  • Donations and Memorials
  • Genealogy
  • Acquisitions

President’s Report

My first year as president of the Clearfield County Historical Society has gone by quickly.  That is probably because it has been so busy!  Our Kerr House Museum and Alexander Research Center have hosted plenty of visitors and researchers. We have received a good deal of worthwhile acquisitions and have opened our doors and sponsored events to a great cross section of the public.  Clearfield County has a richly storied past.  It is easy to begin by looking for a few facts and then end up with surprising events and stories.

The first Mothers Day Tea was held in the dining room of the Kerr House in May.  It was well attended and worth having again.

In August, the Society hosted a Night At The Museum program. Both directors and friends of the Society dressed and acted he parts pertinent county historical figures; some famous and some obscure.  The format mimicked the movie of the same title.  WTAJ-TV featured us on their Central PA Live program. The whole evening was a smashing success!  Perhaps 350 visitors passed through the rooms of the Kerr House to see and hear characters portrayed as if they had come alive.  The heat and humidity were oppressive and the rain may have kept some away, but the evening backed up the old “learning can be fun” maxim. Refreshments were offered. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all involved with the evening!  We hope to do it all again next summer with some of the same and some added characters!

The Apple Cider Festival at Kellytown’s Bloody Knox Cabin was a fine time had by all!  For fourteen years, we have been blessed by good weather (or at least not rained out) so that we can make 19th and early 20th century county history and craftsmanship come alive.  We aim to please and target this day as a family friendly event to be enjoyed by those of all ages.  Our Society’s public programs are, as always, free of charge. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Northwest Bank for again sponsoring the festival.

This year, The Progress office relocated to its new quarters on Market Street, in Clearfield. Before leaving the old Locust Street site, the management donated thousands of negatives of local news photos; some going back sixty or more years.  It may take that long to sort them all out, but we are indeed grateful. Special thanks go to director Dave Mayersky for using his work crew and equipment to move the many boxes and keeping them in safe storage until they can be examined.

The volunteer group who cleared and restored the Old County Home Cemetery has finished most of its work.  This group did the hard and dirty physical labor to give a presentable upgrade to the final resting place of hundreds of the county’s indigent and often disposed citizens.  Look forward, next year, to the dedication of a sign marking the cemetery and the commemorating the restoration.

Our 64th Annual CCHS Dinner was held on Thursday, October 25, at St. Timothy’s Church Hall in Curwensville.   We are grateful to CBT/Riverview Bank and Bee Kind Winery for their generous sponsorship. Rebecca Inlow, of Osceola Mills, gave a superb presentation regarding her new book, The Rowland Story From Ashes To Beauty . The book portrays a fascinating biography of Charles Rowland of Houtzdale, and later Philipsburg, as well as the history of Philipsburg’s Rowland Theater.  Rowland served two terms in the US House of Representatives and was a founding corporate officer and investor in the legendary Alley Popper Railroad; that provided passenger and coal hauling service to southeastern Clearfield County, from Philipsburg to Fernwood. One of Rowland’s Successful business efforts was the theater that bears his name; opened in 1917. It is today operated by a community volunteer group of which Mrs. Inlow is dedicated and vital member.

The annual Christmas program and local historical book and map sale is scheduled for Saturday, December 8, from 1:00 to 4:00, at the Kerr House museum.

Our volunteer host program continues to serve us well. Jim Moore does a splendid job at maintaining our very comprehensive website at clearfieldcountyhistoricalsociety.org

So, it has been a whirlwind year; but a productive one.  It would not be possible without the hard working and dedicated board of directors and such good friends and volunteers. If one wants to see the good in this world; he/she need only to look around Clearfield County.

Have a health, safe and blessed Holiday Season and New Year!

 

                                                          David Wulderk, President, CCHS

President's Report - Spring 2018

This President's Report, along with lots of current activities, appears in our Spring 2018 'BULLETIN'.

   Members have already received their copy of this informative publication.

   We invite Non-Members to join and receive their included copy!

   A $5 copy is available when you visit our Museums or Research Center.

 

OTHER FEATURES....with Photos

  • 283rd Field Artillery Battalion
  • A Soldier's firsthand Account - My Lai Massacre
  • The Great War Changes Clearfield County (Second of a Series)
  • St. Paul's Lutheran German Church - Winburne, PA
  • Tours & Open Houses
  • Donations and Memorials
  • Genealogy
  • Acquisitions

President's Report - Fall 2017

This President's Report, along with lots of current activities, appears in our Fall 2017 'BULLETIN'.

   Members have already received their copy of this informative publication.

   We invite Non-Members to join and receive their included copy!

   A $5 copy is available when you visit our Museums or Research Center.

 

OTHER FEATURES....with Photos

  • 283rd Field Artillery Battalion
  • A Soldier's firsthand Account - My Lai Massacre
  • The Great War Changes Clearfield County (Second of a Series)
  • St. Paul's Lutheran German Church - Winburne, PA
  • Tours & Open Houses
  • Donations and Memorials
  • Genealogy
  • Acquisitions

PRESIDENT'S REPORT - SPRING 2017

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VISITOR INFORMATION

SOON...

we will reopen for museum visits each Sunday & Thursday afternoons starting,  May 5th, 2019 !

We are a 21 member volunteer organization.

WRITE US AT ....

Clearfield County Historical Society

   511 Van Valzah Ave.
   Clearfield, PA 16830

Phone: 814-768-7318 for a brief recording... 

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COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUMS

1. 'KERR HOUSE' MUSEUM :

 104 E. Pine St,

  Clearfield, PA 16830

(Corner E. Pine & E. Locust Sts.)

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2. 'WILLIAM B. ALEXANDER V' GENELOGICAL RESEARCH CENTER:

  511 Van Valzah Ave.

  Clearfield, PA  16830

      (official business address)

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3. 'Bloody Knox' Cabin MUSEUM:

State Route #453,

Village of Kellytown

Madera, PA 16661

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Courtesy guided group tours of our 'Kerr House' Museum can be arranged year round by calling

814-378-5748.

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