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IT WAS A GRAND....

'NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM' !

....we had some real fun between 6:00 and 9:00pm on Thursday, August 15th, while our 'Cast of Characters', pictured below, circulated live with treats for a free evening filled with ...

  • Popcorn on the  Porch.
  • Refreshments in the Kerr House Museum.
  • "Night At The Museum" movie in our Carriage House ....playing continuously!
  • "The Last Raft" movie was shown in the yard starting at 8pm. 

These 'period' attired Characters hosted 'Your Fun Filled Evening' as you ate, drink and played to the 'Last Raft' movie in our lawn, along side the Susquehanna River! 

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield County Historical Society will again this year present its “Night at the Museum” program on Thursday, Aug. 15, expanding its hours from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., to accommodate as many or more attendees as last year’s large crowd.

The program tooh place at the society’s Kerr House Museum at 104 E. Pine St., in Clearfield.

Society members and friends dressed the part of notable local people of the past and will act out a presentation of his/her character’s biography.

The program mimiced the format of the popular movie of the same name.

During the program, the “Night at the Museum” movie was shown continuously in the Carriage House part of the museum.   At 8 p.m., the local historical film, “The Last Raft,” was shown outdoors on the museum lawn.

This film uses original footage and interviews to tell the story of the 1938 ill-fated commemorative logging raft, which began in Mahaffey and crashed into a bridge in Muncy, killing several men on board.

This family-friendly event for parents and their children. It is entirely free of charge and will bring local history alive to young and old alike.

 

You met some of our historical figures from Clearfield county as were present at the 'Night at the Museum'. 

You heard their stories, ask questions and toured the Kerr Mansion and grounds.

Major I. McCreight

Major I. McCreight (1865-1958) was a businessman from DuBois who owned the electric light company, purchased the Sykesville coal shaft in 1892 for $110,000, was instrumental in the arrival of the B&S Railroad in DuBois, and active in having the BR&P shops located in DuBois. McCreight was a friend of Buffalo Bill Cody who visited McCreight several times. 

 

Sister McDowell

Sister McDowell could not read or write, but during the Civil War traveled from Curwensville to Gettysburg and Washington D.C. to meet with President Lincoln after learning her son had been injured in the war.

 

Jane Patton Irwin & William Irwin

Jane Patton Irvin was chairwoman of home branch of U.S. Sanitary Commission and the wife of William Irvin, a successful businessman in lumber and mercantile. They met with President Lincoln to discuss continuing the system of exchanging / paroling prisoners during the Civil War. Visit their U.S. Sanitary Commission display.

PFC. Melvin L. Brown

PFC. Melvin L. Brown from Mahaffey received the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism and gallantry during the Korean War.

 

Dominic Galio

Dominic Galio (1919-2002) was the son of Italian immigrants. He worked at Harbison-Walker Refractories in the 1950s and 1960s, the largest brick maker in the world and largest employer ever in the county. 

 

Captain John McKiernan, of Ginter, was a Civil War Army Provost Marshall who had the difficult job of enrolling county men for the unpopular draft. He also had the dangerous task of arresting army deserters. He also ran a stage on the Oregon Trail.

Mary Alice Rothrock (1884-1979) was superintendent and director of nursing at the Clearfield Hospital School of Nursing. Later she served as president of the PA State Nurses Assoc. 

 

"THANKS" for helping make this a wonderful evening for all!

VISITOR INFORMATION

The Kerr Museum & The Research Center are ow closed for the Season.....

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We will return in May 2010!  

 

We are a 40 member volunteer organization.

WRITE US AT ....

Clearfield County Historical Society

   511 Van Valzah Ave.
   Clearfield, PA 16830

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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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