Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Centre County Historical Society

  • State College, PA
  • www.centrecountyhistory.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Centre County Historical Society is to help people understand, experience, appreciate, and preserve our county's cultural and natural heritage.

Main Programs

  1. EXHIBIT: Civil War Road Show Host Site
  2. EXHIBIT: Shedding Light on the Past
  3. EXHIBIT: A Common Canvas
Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

Centre County, Pennsylvania

ruling year

1977

Principal Officer

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Mary Sorensen

Keywords

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history, museum, preservation, eduation, Centre County, Pennsylvania

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Also Known As

CCHS

EIN

25-1323768

Physical Address

1001 E College Ave

State College, PA 16801

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Overview

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Donations to CCHS help educate children and adults through programs, publications, exhibits, research, museums and collections.  These core activities emanate from the Centre Furnace Mansion – the headquarters of the Centre County Historical Society, and the iron furnace site that is the “Birthplace of Penn State”.  Your contributions support the continual preservation of the Mansion and its CCHS programs.

Programs

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Program 1

EXHIBIT: Civil War Road Show Host Site

The Centre County Historical Society joined the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Pennsylvania Heritage Society in hosting the PA Civil War 150 Road Show in State College in July 2012.  Over 1,500 visitors attended the various exhibits and programs.  The Pa. Civil War 150 Road Show was a dynamic exhibit experience, housed in an impressive 53-foot trailer that was located adjacent to the Bryce Jordan Center. The exhibit conveyed accounts of the many ways Pennsylvanians experienced the Civil War. Interactive features included: An LED-lit map, stereoscopic photographs, original compositions of Civil War-era music and sound effects, hands-on objects and animated stories, online scrapbooking activity, and a story recording booth. The Road Show encourageed citizens at every level of the community to experience our nation’s history in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

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Budget

$9,500.00

Program 2

EXHIBIT: Shedding Light on the Past

Shedding Light on the Past: Lighting Devices of the 18th and 19th Centuries.  (Feb. 10-Apr. 28, 2013).  This exhibit explores lighting devices that existed before electricity, from the late 18th through mid-19th century. Objects on display include early candle holders, rushlights, whale oil and camphene lamps. These objects are representative of lighting devices of that time, and illustrative of adaptations made to take advantage of newer innovations in fuel types and improved safety. Though a brief period in time, it is one of great technological advancement in the history of lighting.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

$1,500.00

Program 3

EXHIBIT: A Common Canvas

A Common Canvas: Pennsylvania's New Deal Post Office Murals.  (Mar. 10 - Dec. 22, 2013, Sun/W/F, 1pm-4pm)The Centre County Historical Society is pleased to host the traveling exhibit titled “A Common Canvas: Pennsylvania’s New Deal Post Office Murals”. In 1933, the administration of newly elected President Franklin Roosevelt launched an ambitious program to place murals and sculptures in post offices across the country. “A Common Canvas” exhibits 15 photographic images of this public art, featuring themes of agriculture, industry, and airmail with a special emphasis on artworks from central Pennsylvania. Also displayed are early airmail objects and images from the Centre County Region. First presented by the State Museum of Pennsylvania in 2008, “A Common Canvas” was originally created to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal.  The original exhibit featured over 50 examples of murals and sculptures created for Pennsylvania post offices between 1934 and 1943, and was co-curated by Dr. Curt Miner (now the Senior Curator of History) and State College native David Lembeck.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

$750.00

Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

Centre County, Pennsylvania

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THE CENTRE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Centre County Historical Society

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Principal Officer

Mary Sorensen

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Jackie J. Melander

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