Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County
2017 Events


Magic Puzzle Purse Class

February 4


This is a charming, folded, then decorated paper remembrance from the late 1700’s-early 1800’s.  It was given as a love message, containing verses of sentiment for the loved one.  Inside there might have been a small ring or token of affection.  Those traditional original early examples are highly prized, and the one you make will also be a treasure.

RSVP by February 1

$25 for members, $30 for non-members. Make checks payable to “Laurel Arts.”

  Volunteer Recruitment

March 4


Have you considered volunteering at the Historical Center? We invite the public to come out to speak with staff and current volunteers, sign up for specific events or fill in general volunteer applications. Many opportunities available.

Free event

  Maple Taste and Tour

& Sunday
March 11-12


Maple sugaring as done in the 1700’s, 1800’s, 1900’s and thru the current day will highlight your Taste and Tour experience. From iron kettles to stainless steel evaporators and lean-to sugar camps, we will offer a variety of maple sugar experiences. Taste the local taffy treat known as “Spotza”, sample fresh stirred sugar and see antique equipment.

Free event

  Pysanky Egg Workshop

March 11


Pysanky are Ukrainian Easter eggs decorated using beeswax and dyes applied in layers. Each participant will create a unique and beautifully decorated egg during this hands-on workshop taught by artist Jennifer Mudery.

RSVP by February 18

 $25 for members, $30 for non-members.


1700s Woman’s Clothing Sewing Workshop

& Sunday
March 25 & 26


This two-day workshop is for people interested in making their own 1700’s short gown, shift and skirt. Perfect for participants of Mountain Craft Days!

RSVP by March 11

$60 for members, $70 for non-members.

  Mad Hatter Tea Party

April 1


This event is open to the public and current LHOAF
(Living History Organization for the Advancement of Foodways)
members. This is an introduction to a series of literature-inspired foods and cooking techniques. This event will feature Victorian era tea cakes and sandwiches with a demonstration/participation
in putting together a Battenburg cake.

RSVP by March 25

$10 for members, $15 for non-members and
$5 for children between 11-18 years of age.

  Annual Meeting

April 3

Speaker to be announced

Free event

  Common Threads Symposium

April 22

The Laurel Arts Center will present a day filled with keynote
speakers, hands-on workshops and vendors.


Coopering Workshop

Saturday & Sunday
April 28-29-30

Traditional tools and techniques will be used to make a
wood staved maple sugar keeler.
Limit of 12 participants.

$150 for members, $165 non-members

  Mommy and Me Workshop

May 6


In time for Mother’s Day, Moms and their children will
make a historically accurate costume for an 18” doll.

RSVP by April 22

$40 for members plus one child
$50 for non-members plus one child,
$5 for each additional child,
$15 for material kits (optional)

  Jr. Historians meeting -- "We Can Do it"

May 7


Jr Historians will be taking things back to the 1940s! They will be making a tasty baked good using a World War II ration recipe. While their yummy creation is baking in the oven, they will be doing some military drills with special guest Captain Tyler Crestani from the 82nd Airborne WWII reenacting unit. After their fun in the sun, they will get to enjoy their sweet treat. The last activity of the day will be a messy one. Each of the Jr. Historians will be making a windowsill Victory Garden to take home!

Recommended attire: Sneakers and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.


1700's Weekend

& Sunday
June 3-4


The Center’s historical structures will be occupied by costumed
interpreters demonstrating life in the 1700s.

Regular admissions


Daddy and Me Workshop

June 10


 In time for Father’s Day, Dads and their children
will build a toy barn with a barn star.

RSVP by May 27

Fee charged


July 1


There will be food and entertainment along with local breweries
and distributors offering a variety of beers to sample.

$30 Regular Admission, $5 designated Driver
Must be 21 years or older

  WWI Living History Weekend

& Sunday
July 8-9


The Somerset Historical Center has had to make changes to their WWI Living History Weekend activities on July 8 & 9. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the living history portion of the WWI weekend will not occur as scheduled. The museum will still have a temporary mini-exhibit of Somerset County WWI artifacts. This mini-exhibit will be a preview for 2018’s Answering the Call: Somerset County in the Great War exhibit.

  1700s Man’s Clothing Sewing Workshop

& Sunday
July 15-16


 Participants will construct a 1700s shirt and breeches/trousers outfit.

RSVP by July 1

$60 for members, $70 for non-members


Exhibit Opening

July 22

(July 21 private reception)

Kid's Summer Camp

24 to 28


Year of the Fiber. Children will learn about a variety
of natural fibers and work on fiber crafts.

RSVP by July 10

Fee charged

  Living History Timeline

& Sunday
August 12 & 13


Military and civilian living historians from a variety
of eras will present displays and demonstrations.

Regular admissions

  Mountain Craft Days

& Sunday
8, 9 & 10

This annual festival showcases traditional arts and crafts.

General admission is $9
children 6-17 are $5
children under 5 are free
Friday school tours are $3 per student

  Wine and Paint Night

October 7


Participants will paint the Walter’s Mills Covered Bridge
while enjoying covered bridge themed wine.
Must be at least 21 years of age

RSVP by September 23

$30 for members, $35 for non-members

  Everything Apple

October 14


Demonstrations and workshops will include apple crafts and foods.
At 6 pm, an apple feast will be offered.
If attending one of the events the cost is
$15 for members, $20 for non-members.

RSVP by September 30

There is a combo price for attending both the workshop and feast;
$25 for members and $35 for non-members

Historical Halloween

October 21


Family-friendly, safe, trick or treating.

Cost is $3 per child,
a donation for the Humane Society of Somerset County
and an apple for the cider press


Annual Banquet

November 2

The Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County’s annual banquet will be held Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Sipesville Fire Hall beginning at 6:30. The event will feature a program on James Gindlesperger’s newest book, “Arlington: A Color Guide to America's Most Famous Cemetery.” This book shares the full story of its founding and honors the memories of 250 of its most note-worthy residents. Tickets can be obtained by calling the Somerset Historical Center at 814-445-6077.

Cost is $15.00 per ticket.

The program will immediately follow the dinner. Door prizes will also be awarded.

Please RSVP no later than Thursday, October 26, 2017

  Ethnic Traditions

December 3

Celebrate ethnic traditions of Somerset County with food, stories and music.

RSVP by November 19

Fee charged

  Christmas Fun

December 9


Somerset Historical Center presents Christmas Fun on Saturday, December 9 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There will be some paper crafts for children to make! The gift shop will be operating on extended hours. Get great locally made and unique gifts for everyone on your “Nice List” this year at the Somerset Historical Center. We have photographic prints, hand-painted spiles, maple, honey and apple products, games, toys and more!

We hope to see you then!


Are there any workshops or trades you would like to see offered at the Somerset Historical Center?
We would love to hear about it. Please email us your requests!