Cambria County Historical Society
615 North Center Street P.O. Box 278
Ebensburg, PA 15931
814-472-6674 
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10-4; Saturday 9-1

 
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Events and Calendar for the Cambria County Historical Society

  


  

   

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

CAMBRIA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY


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PHOTO ESSAY for Kids of all ages

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MARK Your Calendar EVENT CANCELLED Aug 10 2014

Our plan was to have our annual dinner at the new Hoss’s in Ebensburg and talk about the numerous photographs we donated to their restaurant. The opening of Hoss’s has been delayed and the event moved several times. So, we plan to have a public “dessert and coffee” meeting at the museum on Tuesday May 27th at 7:00PM and conduct the business meeting. All are welcome to attend. Then, later in the summer we will have a program at Hoss’s featuring the photographs and a talk on Women in the Workforce in Cambria County.

 

 


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

CAMBRIA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY


Gingerbread Contest for Kids
Drop off entries between 10 am and 4 pm
Tuesday December 3 to Thursday December 5
Prizes sponsored by Sheetz

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SPIRIT NIGHT 2013
SEPTEMBER 20 & 21
Reservations Required
Phone 472 - 6674
One hour tour $10 per person

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Town to Town

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Depart from the Cambria County Historical Society in Ebensburg at 1:00 P.M. and
Return between 4:00 and 4:30 P.M.

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The familiar shape of Lantzy’s Mill along Route 219 in Garmantown, north of Northern Cambria, is one of the featured stops of the upcoming Town-To-Town tour sponsored by the Cambria County Historical Society.

On Saturday, May 11, 2013 Jack Bartock will lead a bus tour of the North West section of Cambria County.  The bus will depart from the Cambria County Historical Society in Ebensburg at 1:00 P.M. and return between 4:00 and 4:30 P.M.

The Society’s Town-To-Town tour began a few years ago as a way feature the smaller more intricate aspects of the county’s history in a particular region. The tour is very informal and encourages participants to share their personal knowledge and stories of the area. Jack Bartock is long-time member of the Society’s board of directors. He is active with the Ghost Town Trail through the county’s recreation authority and was involved in the writing of the local history of Barnesboro. This year’s Town-To-Town tour will visit: Bakerton, Spangler, Barnesboro, (These previous two towns are now Northern Cambria) Garmantown, Emeigh, Cherry Tree, Marstellar or Moss Creek, and Nicktown.

The cost of the tour is $10.00 per person.

To reserve a seat please call Kathy at the Historical Society at 814-472-6674.

 

 


 

*Winter History Talks PDF

 


Gingerbread Contest for Kids

Where: 615 N. Center St., Ebensburg, PA

When: for the "Dickens of a Christmas" Weekend - Nov 30 to Dec 2

How: Drop off entries between 10 AM and 4 PM on Tuesday Nov. 27th through

Thursday Nov 29. No entries will be accepted on Friday.

Call 472-6674 if you have questions about the dates and times for drop off.

Prizes Provided by Sheetz, Inc.

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Victorian Strings Concert

NEW! The Johnstown Symphony Community Strings

Friday November 30, 2012 at the

Noon-Collins Inn 7:00 PM

following the light-up ceremony in the park

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Mrs. Buck’s Sweet shoppe

Saturday December 1, 2012 at the Cambria County Historical Society from Noon till 3 PM.  Stop by.  Details on the flyer.

 


 

Annual Holiday Open House

Sunday December 2, 2012 at the Cambria County Historical Society

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October 10, 2012 Bus Tour of Isett Acres Museum, Trolley Ride and Huntingdon Area Sites

Join the Cambria County Historical Society on a bus tour Huntingdon County.
The tour includes:
Isett Acres Museum– 3 huge buildings housing 40,000 items of collectables;
Huntingdon County Historical Society;
Rockhill Trolley Museum with trolley ride;
Pack you own lunch;
Dinner at Cracker Burrell in Altoona (on your own);
Back home by 7:00 or 7:30 PM.

$45 each person.  Register by mail with check or stop by the Historical Society to register and pay.  Flyer PDF

 

 
   

  Wednesday– October 17, 2012 at 7PM

Redfield Farm
is Altoona native Judith Redline Coopey’s
poignant novel about a Quaker brother and sister caught up in the local operation of the Underground Railroad. The evening includes readings and discussion. Call your book club!


Wednesday– November 14, 2012 at 7PM

Victorian Tea With Both First Ladies
In period dress, Rachel Gressick Zaborowski and Joanne Klein imagine a conversation held at a tea between Mary Todd Lincoln and Varina Howell Davis, first wives of the USA and the CSA.
It is not all politics, however, as Victorian fashion and etiquette are included.

 

 

 
 
 

CAMBRIA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY—615 N. CENTER ST. EBENSBURG, PA 15931

cambriacountyhistorical.com—814-472-6674—awbuck@verizon.net


 


 

 

Winter Evening History Shorts

Come listen to "dramatic readings" of short stories, performed by

actors, that have a twist of history and entertainment combined

Performed by Chris Collins

 

 
   

January 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Kimball Conference Center, W. High St. Ebensburg

"The White Lady of Beulah" - by Dave Huber—
Folklore based on local history

"The Breath" - by Dave Huber— A fictional tale set in the 1800’s

Listen to audio of the presentation.


 

 
 
   

 

February 15, 2012 At 7:00 PM

Kimball Conference Center, W. High St. Ebensburg

"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"

Classic Civil War Short Story by Ambrose Bierce

 

July 2, 2012 NOON LECTURE     Get Flyer

SPONSORED BY THE CAMBRIA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

SPEAKER: CHRIS MEISTER

Subject: "JAMES RIELY GORDON"

ARCHITECT OF THE GORDON ANNEX ON THE CAMBRIA COUNTY COURTHOUSE

MONDAY JULY 2, 2012 AT NOON

COURTROOM #1—COURTHOUSE—EBENSBURG, PA

 

 
   

 

June 2012  Annual Dinner   Get Flyer

At the JFK Center at Saint Francis University in Loretto

5:30 pm (Dinner at 6:00 pm)

Menu: Chicken Piccata

Cost: $20.00 per person

Deadline: please make reservations by June 2, 2012


   
March 21, 2012

JFK Center at Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA— 7:00 PM



"Saint Francis University: Among the Pines" will be presented by the SFU History Club. Students look back at the history of the school utilizing story-telling, pantomime, and interviews. This unique presentation is free and open to the public. Be sure to stop by.

 

THREE CIVIL WAR Presentations

A CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELD, THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD AND VICTORIAN FIRST LADIES

CAMBRIA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY— Fall 2012

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All lectures are held at the Kimball Conference Center at

217 West High Street in Ebensburg, PA beginning at 7:00 PM

Lectures are Free and Open to the Public

 

 
   
 Monday—September 17, 2012 at 7PM

From the authors of So You Think You Know Gettysburg, James and Suzanne Gindlesperger are back to premier their new book So You Think You Know Antietam.

The date of this lecture marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam—America’s bloodiest day.

 

 

 

 

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January 11

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Winter Evening History Talks
Cambria County Historical Society
All lectures are held at the Central Cambria Middle School Auditorium across from the historical society and begin at 7:00 PM. The lectures are free and open to the public. 

 

Telephone or email the Cambria County Historical Society for additional information: 814-472-7764 awbuck@verizon.net 

The Wreck of the Red Arrow” - by Dennis P. McIlnay

In the early morning hours of February 18, 1947, this Detroit-New York train, part of the “Blue Ribbon Fleet,” running an hour late, left the rails on The Slide causing death and injury to 164 passengers and crew. Come and hear the rest of this intriguing story by author Dennis P. McIlnay.

   

 

February 16

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Winter Evening History Talks
Cambria County Historical Society
All lectures are held at the Central Cambria Middle School Auditorium across from the historical society and begin at 7:00 PM. The lectures are free and open to the public. 

 

Telephone or email the Cambria County Historical Society for additional information: 814-472-7764 awbuck@verizon.net 

 

The Impact of the Civil War on Cambria County -by Ryan Bixby 


Ryan Bixby is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Akron. His dissertation study is the impact of the Civil War on border counties. Specifically he will investigate the war’s impact on our own region. 

 

 

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March 16

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Winter Evening History Talks
Cambria County Historical Society
All lectures are held at the Central Cambria Middle School Auditorium across from the historical society and begin at 7:00 PM. The lectures are free and open to the public. 

 

Telephone or email the Cambria County Historical Society for additional information: 814-472-7764 awbuck@verizon.net 

 

Pat’s Favorite Postcards - by Pat Stock 

Pictured here is the famous “Elk on the Muleshoe” by photographer and chronicler of local history, Deck Lane. Mr. Lane’s photographs will be part of Pat’s favorite postcard slide show presentation. 

   

 

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Town-To-Town Tour– a local bus ride hosted by Cecelia Farabaugh— 


Departing at 9:00 AM, Cecelia guides us through historic sites featured in her new book “East Carroll Township and the Sunset Ballroom.”

   
 

 

Fall 2011

 

 

 

 

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Fall Evening History Talks

 

 

With the closing of the Middle School, the Fall Evening History Talks will take place at the Kimball Corporate Conference Center at 219 W. High St. in Ebensburg. Parking is available behind the building, in the municipal building lot and in the lot along Cherry Alley. Seating is limited to 100.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

September 19 (Monday)– Kimball Conference Center—7:00 PM

"So You Think You Know Gettysburg?"

-by James and Suzanne Gindlesperger

 

 

The Stories behind the Monuments and the Men Who Fought One of

America's Most Epic Battles

 

 

 

 


 

October 7 & 8 (Fri & Sat) tours start at 6:00 PM

Spirit Night 2011— O, Pioneers!

 

 

An evening walking tour of from the court house to the historical society. Along the way you may encounter: The Notorious Flannigan Boys, Trappers & Indians, Conrad Luther, the boys at the Berryhill Inn, ―Simple Gifts -- Snake Oil Salesmen and many more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October 19 (Wed) – Kimball Conference Center—7:00 PM

The C&I Railroad— by Telford "Jack" Hill

 

Jack is back with his second book on the history of the Colver area. The Cambria and Indiana Railroad was once known as the ―richest railroad in America  generating the most revenue per mile of track, during the 1930s and 1940s. Also, hear the story of the Belsano Job– train robbery and murder on the C&I Railroad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

November 16 (Wed)– Kimball Conference Center—7:00 PM

An Odyssey of an American Doctor

 

National Park Ranger, Nathan Koozer portrays Victor Heiser, who goes from a 16-year-old boy in the Johnstown Flood to a storied career in the Naval Bureau of Health Services. He is credited with saving over two million lives in his lifetime.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

 

Look for us at Potatofest on September 24, 2011 Downtown Ebensburg

Spirit Night tickets / reservations will be available

 

 

 

 

Cambria County Historical Society— Ebensburg—814-472-6674—cambriacountyhistorical.com—awbuck@verizon.net

 

     

Ebensburg’s Dickens of a Christmas Weekend—December 2,3 &4

GINGERBREAD CONTEST FOR KIDS

 

Gingerbread entries on display beginning Friday December 2 from 10am to 4pm

Drop off entries between Tuesday November 29 and Thursday December 1.

Visit our website for rules: www.cambriacountyhistorical.com.
Prizes provided by SHEETZ, Inc.


 

 

MRS. BUCK’S SWEET SHOPPE

 

After the parade on Saturday December 3, come to the A. W. Buck House from Noon until 3:00 p.m. to sample sweets and tea from Mrs. Buck's Sweet Shoppe.


 

ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

 

Sunday, December 4—2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Holiday Tree, Special Exhibits, Refreshments,

 

Art Exhibit by the late Mark Parrish– known for his realistic interpretations of local scenes

 


 

 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
     
     
     

 


 

   
  Spirit Night 2009  
       Cast for Spirit Night 2009  
  Admiral Peary Celebration 2009  
  Mrs. Buck's Holiday Tea 2008  
  CCHS Dickens of a Christmas 2006  
  Spirit Night 2004  
  Spirit Night 2002  

     
 
     
 

 

September 22
"Precarious Mining History of Cambria County," Robin G. Lighty, Pennsylvania Bureau of Mining and Reclamation

 

Part of the Autumn Evening History Talks hosted by the Cambria County Historical Society.

 

Wednesday, September 22
7:00 p.m.
Free Lecture Open to the Public

Central Cambria Middle School Auditorium
205 W Highland Ave, Ebensburg, PA 15931-1013

Announcement-Flyer (PDF)

 

September 27
Sisters of Saint Joseph Social at Former Convent

 

In 1917 Father O'Neil of First Holy Name Catholic church instigated the purchase the A. W. Buck home located on the corner of Center Street and Highland Avenue. This building was named Holy Name Convent and was purchased as a home for the nuns who taught at the school.  To commemorate the years the A. W. Buck Mansion served as the convent for the Sisters of St. Joseph (c.1923-90), representatives from the motherhouse in Baden, PA will make a plaque presentation at the museum.

 

The event will also feature the presentation of a nun’s habit to the Society. The social is free and open to the public. The museum, normally closed on Monday, will be open at 1:00 PM.

 

Monday September 27

1:30 p.m.

Free. Open to the Public

Cambria County Historical Society
615 N. Center St., Ebensburg, PA 1594

 
     

October 20

Pennsylvania Allegheny Mountains, Dave Hurst

 

In his new book, Dave Hurst has compiled a collection of his newspaper articles and writings all inspired by his beloved Allegheny Mountains that he describes as “The First Frontier”. Dave hopes you will be inspired, learn more about this area and experience it for yourself.

 

Part of the Autumn Evening History Talks hosted by the Cambria County Historical Society.

 

Wednesday, October 20
7:00 p.m.
Free Lecture Open to the Public

Central Cambria Middle School Auditorium
205 W Highland Ave, Ebensburg, PA 15931-1013

 

Announcement-Flyer (PDF)

 

November 10

"A History of Wilmore, " Mark Blaisdell

Mark’s slide presentation explores the Wilmore Water Pans (PRR), the Underground Railroad and Allegheny Portage Railroad sites. A contemporary of Prince Gallitzin, Geoffrey Wilmore, an early African-American settler, first named his village Jefferson.

 

Part of the Autumn Evening History Talks hosted by the Cambria County Historical Society.

 

Wednesday, November 10
7:00 p.m.
Free Lecture Open to the Public

Central Cambria Middle School Auditorium
205 W Highland Ave, Ebensburg, PA 15931-101

 

Announcement-Flyer (PDF)

 

December 2

Gingerbread Contest for Kids

Deadline Dates are November 30 - December 2

Who:   Cambria County Historical Society
Where: 615 N. Center St., Ebensburg, PA   
When:   For the “Dickens of a Christmas”
Weekend  December 3, 4 & 5
How: Drop off entries between Tues.
Nov. 30 and Thur. Dec. 2.

     

Prizes Provided by SHEETZ, Inc.

 

Announcement -Flyer (PDF)

 

Questions: contact Dave Huber at davehuber@verizon.net 

 

For additional details, Go to http://www.ebensburgdickens.com


 

December 3-5

 

Gingerbread Contest "On Display"

 

Who:   Cambria County Historical Society
Where: 615 N. Center St., Ebensburg, PA   
Hours: Regular Hours 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

Announcement -Flyer (PDF)

 

December 4

  

Mrs. Buck's Sweet Shoppe

 

Come to the Cambria County Historical Society from Noon until 3:00 p.m. after the parade to sample sweets and tea from Mrs. Buck's Sweet Shoppe. 

 

Various charges apply.

Announcement-Flyer (PDF)

 

     
December 5

Annual Holiday Open House

 

Sunday, December 5

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cambria County Historical Society

Holiday Tree, Special Exhibits, Refreshments

Announcement-Flyer (PDF)
     
     

 

     

 

September 5
East Carroll Township Turns 100!

 

Celebrate with us at the Carrolltown Fire Department Social Hall as we honor the 100th birthday of East Carroll Township. 

 

Sunday, September 5

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Music by Blue Ice

Tickets: $15 per person |  $25 per couple

Turkey Dinner with all the Fixings

Announcement-Flyer (PDF)

 

Details and tickets, contact Cecilia Farabaugh at 814-344-8298.


 

June 16
Bus Tour of Lewistown and PA Canal Boat Ride

 

Join the Cambria County Historical Society on a bus tour to historic Lewistown.  The tour includes:
A boat ride along the historic Pennsylvania Canal, The McCoy House, Other stops in historic Lewistown, Dinner in Altoona
 

Cost $45 per person
Lunch: Pack your own
Dinner: On your own at Hoss’s
Bus departs 8:00 a.m.
Central Cambria Middle School
205 W Highland Ave, Ebensburg, PA 15931-1013
 

    Tour Photos
       courtesy of Carol Paterick

 

Announcement-Flyer (PDF)

 

To reserve, come to the museum or call Kathy at 814-472-6674 or send check payable to: Cambria County Historical Society, 616 N. Center St. Ebensburg, PA 15931. Please make reservations by June 3, 2010.


 

June 13
Annual Dinner 

 

Noon-Collins Inn in Ebensburg
114 E High St, Ebensburg, PA 15931
5:00 pm (Dinner at 5:30 pm)
Choose From Chicken Marsala or Pork Medallions
Cost: $25.00 per person
Deadline for reservations is June 3, 2010

Announcement-Flyer (PDF)

 

Contact Kathy at 814-472-6674. Include the number in your party and your choice of dinner entrée. Bring in or mail check made payable to:
Cambria County Historical Society, 615 N. Center St. PO Box 278 Ebensburg, PA 15931


 

April 21

"The Faces of the Civil War," Dr. Paul Douglas Newman, Associate Professor of Early American History, UPJ

Historian Paul Newman's presentation will focus on Pennsylvania's role in the fighting and lasting memory of the Civil War.  the presentation will contrast the popular memory of the war with its messy and gruesome realities as revealed by photographs.  Newman will compare the realities of the Civil War with 20th and 21st century conflicts.  

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Bio Page

 

2008 History Channel's Teacher of the Year Award Presented to Dr. Newman.

 


 

April 10

"Town to Town Tour"

Our informal "get on the bus" tour includes Loretto, Cresson, Lilly, Portage and Wilmore.  Its "show and tell" time as speakers from each town point out the often over-looked places of historic interest.  Feel free to add to the discussion with your knowledge of local history as we travel.  

Reservations Required.  Cost is $10 per person.  Details to follow.  

 


 

February 17

"Through the Flood: The Collection of the Rev. David Beale," Nathan Koozer, Research Library, Penn State University

The 35-foot-high wall of water that thundered into Johnstown in 1889 looked and sounded like the apocalypse to the Rev. David Beale. Then, 118 years later, a young historian who considered becoming a Methodist minister took a Bible in one hand and a magnifying glass in the other. Nathan Koozer plunged into the 19th-century diaries of the Rev. Beale, a Presbyterian minister and flood survivor who wrote what is considered the best account of the "most appalling calamity of modern times."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article  (PDF)

 

Related Johnstown Flood Slide Show

USA Today Article on Project and Diaries

Fox News Report on Project

Edmondsun Report on Project


 

January 20

"The Underground Railroad and the Mainline Canal," Barbara Zaborowski, Ph.D, Associate Dean for Learning Resources, PHCC

Former CCHS Board Member, Barbara Zaborowski, explores activities along the Mainline Canal and documents how conductors used the transportation system to assist runaway slaves to freedom.

Descriptive Article on talks from the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat (PDF)

Although written in 2008, the description of the program remains accurate.