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Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County
2016 Events

 

Historia’s Secrets – 18th Century Cap Workshop

Saturday
Jamuary 23

10am-3pm

Want to work on your hand sewing skills? Need to improve your 18th century impression? Make a new cap from start to finish during this workshop using period techniques, and be the envy of all your friends once it’s done.

  Tole Painting Workshop

Saturday
February 20

10am-3pm

There is a very rich tradition of decorative painting in Pennsylvania during the 18th and 19th centuries. Attend this workshop to learn the basics of Pennsylvania Dutch Tole painting, and leave with a wooden box painted in the same style as one in our collection from the 1830s.

$50 non-members and $45 for HGSSC members

  Sugar in the Mountains, Maple Taste and Tour

Saturday & Sunday
March 12-13

10am-4pm

Celebrate Somerset County’s Maple Heritage as you board a tractor drawn wagon ride for our Sugar Camp. View a recreated scene from an early “Spotza Party” enacted by the Sons of the Union Veterans and Auxiliary. Visit our c1860 maple sugar camp, view an antique maple sugaring equipment, watch artisans making items needed for a maple sugar camp, and taste the maple taffy treat known as spotza in Somerset County. Learn about the entire maple process of historical tapping, gathering, boiling, and sugar making.

  Pysanky Egg Workshop

Saturday
March 19

10am-3pm

This workshop is being taught by Jennifer Mudery, who demonstrates pysanky egg decorating at our annual Mountain Craft Days festival. This workshop will be a beginner course on the art of pysanky eggs; students will learn beginning techniques and be able to make their own pysanky egg to take home. The cost of the workshop includes all materials.

$30 non-members and $25 for HGSSC members

 

The Umberger Murder and the trial of the Nicely Brothers
& Annual Meeting

Monday
April 4

6:00 pm

April 2, 2016 marks the 125th anniversary of the execution of the Nicely Brothers for killing Herman Umberger in his home in Jennerstown. Come out to the Historical Center to learn about the events of the murder, the trial, the execution, and the controversy. Speakers: Gretchen Smith and Jacob Miller. The Society’s annual meeting will follow the program for all HGSSC members in attendance.

FREE

  Annual Coopering Workshop
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
April 29,30
& May 1

Students will use traditional tools and techniques as practiced by early Somerset County coopers to make a wooden-staved maple sugar keeler. No power tools allowed and each participant will take home a handcrafted wood keeler they made during the class.

$165 non-members and $150 for HGSSC members

Life in the Glades School Tour Program

Offered mid-April through the beginning of June. Students learn about life in southwestern Pennsylvania which was known as “the Glades.” It is a hands-on program which allows students to touch, feel, smell, taste, and make crafts to take home as they learn about the early settlers in Somerset County. Student will learn the reasons for the settlers coming and the different choices they had to make living here. The program shows students how settlers acquired food, clothing, shelter, and earned a living. Our program focuses on the early years of settlement in the area from the 1760’s to the 1790’s.

Advance reservations are required.

Availability: Monday-Friday by reservation only.
Time: Tours take approximately four to five hours.
A minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 65 students may be booked at one time.

$5.00 per student for groups of 10 or more. 1 complimentary adult ticket with every 10 student tickets purchased. Additional adult tickets are $5.50 each.

  Mother’s Day

Sunday
May 8

12 noon-5pm

Mom gets in FREE! Join us as we celebrate the roles of mothers throughout the history of SW Pennsylvania. Kids can make a special craft project for mom.

 

Helping Hands for History

Wednesday
May 11

Starts at 5pm

Mom gets in FREE! Join us as we celebrate the roles of mothers throughout the history of SW Pennsylvania. Kids can make a special craft project for mom.

  Basket Weaving Workshop

Saturday
May 28

10am-3pm

Spend the day learning the basics of basket weaving from long time volunteer Sharon Philips. Participants will complete their own berry basket to take home with them.

$30 non-members, $25 for HGSSC members

 

Living History Weekend

Saturday & Sunday

June 4-5

Throughout the summer months, the first weekend is designated as Living History Weekend! Come see what’s going on in our historic buildings. Special activities to be announced.

 

Helping Hands for History

Wednesday
June 8

starts at 5pm

Support the HGSSC by helping to do some needed tasks around the museum and property. Daubing the cabin, cleaning artifacts, tending raised bed garden. When all the work is done, roast some hotdogs over the open fire. Call and let us know you are coming.

  Father’s Day
Sunday
June 19

Dad gets in FREE! Join us as we celebrate the roles of father’s throughout the history of SW Pennsylvania. Kids can make a special craft project for dad.

  Frosty Mugs of Thunder Brewfest

Saturday
June 25

1pm-5pm

Sample some of the finest microbrews being made in the local beer industry. There will be food, entertainment, and multiple varieties to sample.

Limited tickets available. $35 per person $32 in advance

  Living History Weekend
Saturday & Sunday
July 2-3

Throughout the summer months, the first weekend is designated as Living History Weekend! Come see what’s going on in our historic buildings. Special activities to be announced.

 

Helping Hands for History

Wednesday
July 13

starts at 5pm

Support the HGSSC by helping to do some needed tasks around the museum and property. Daubing the cabin, cleaning artifacts, tending raised bed garden. When all the work is done, roast some hotdogs over the open fire. Call and let us know you are coming

Friday
July 15
Exhibit Opening Reception – The Tree
 

Into the Woods: How the Tree Shaped Somerset County

Saturday
July 16 to
October

Sometimes taken for granted, the Tree in Somerset County has been an ever-present challenge, resource, and inspiration. The HGSSC explores the role of the tree in an exhibit that will be open from mid-July through October of 2016.

  Community Appreciation Day

Saturday
July 23

9am-5pm

The HGSSC will highlight its historical heritage through free admission for Somerset County residents to the Somerset Historical Center. Tour all the exhibits, historical structures, and learn about our resources for tracing your family history in our library.

  Forest and Field 5K

Saturday
July 23

9:00am

Come out for some friendly competition and an enjoyable day out at the Second Annual 5K at the Somerset Historical Center.

  Living History Weekend – Timeline through History
Saturday & Sunday
August 6-7

Throughout the summer months, the first weekend is designated as Living History Weekend! Come see what’s going on in our historic buildings. Travel through the past in a living timeline of civilian and military life beginning in the 18th century. Visit encampments, view firing and craft demonstrations, complete a hands-on-history activity, and experience how life has changed in the past 250 years.

  Helping Hands for History

Wednesday
August 10

starts at 5pm

Support the HGSSC by helping to do some needed tasks around the museum and property. Daubing the cabin, cleaning artifacts, tending raised bed garden. When all the work is done, roast some hotdogs over the open fire. Call and let us know you are coming.

Friday
September 9
Ribbon Cutting and First Firing of the Lime Kiln
 

47th Annual Mountain Craft Days

Friday, Saturday
& Sunday
September
9,10 & 11

A fun-filled festival dedicated to preserving and promoting historic arts and crafts from our region. There is something for all ages and interest levels, with more than 125 craft booths, a dozen different music performances, and a variety of traditional foods all nestled into our beautiful wooded grounds and meadow. Mountain Craft Days builds upon age old crafts and demonstrates the talents and abilities of artisans preserving these nearly forgotten traditions. Come see why our visitors come back year after year.

Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for Children 6-17

  Everything apple!

Saturday
October 8

10am-1pm

Learn about different varieties of apples and what they are best used for. What is the difference between apple cider and apple juice. See demonstrations of apple drying using old Pennsylvania German dehydrators and modern electric dryers. Carve an apple to make a wrinkled dried apple head. Make tree ornaments from dried apples and cinnamon apple sauce to take home. Refreshments will be all apple!

Presented by LhOAF (Living History Organization for the Advancement of Foodways)

$20 non-members and $15 for HGSSC members, $5 Materials fee

  Historical Halloween

Saturday
October 22

5pm-8pm

Family-friendly and safe trick-or-treating will be offered by the Somerset County Historical Society as it invites young and old to participate in historical theme-based trick-or-treating. A lantern-lined pathway will guide visitors throughout our grounds as they stop at the historical buildings to learn about history and receive treats.

$3.00 per child (18 and under), a canned good for charity,
and an apple for the cider press.
  Annual Banquet

Thursday
November 3

6:30pm

HGSSC’s annual banquet. Good food and fellowship with other members who share our mission of preserving Somerset County History.

  Holiday Traditions of Somerset County
Sunday
December 4

The HGSSC celebrates the Christmas traditions of Somerset County with the descendants of families that have preserved their practices for generations. The program will feature Christmas traditions of the Italian Feast of the Seven Fishes, Slovak Holy Supper, Polish Wigilia Feast, and German practices. The HGSSC will invite persons from each culture to share their stories, recipes, music, and Christmas rituals. The meaning and symbolism behind the traditions and ceremonies will be explained and participants will have the opportunity to sample food from each tradition.

Limited tickets available.

 

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!