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Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County
2014 Events

  Convention of Somerset County Historical Organizations

February 22

9:30 am - 2:30 pm

A gathering of historical organizations from Somerset County to share information about each other, explore our commonalities, and learn about best practices for operating our historical organizations. Reservations required with a limit of 5 representatives from each historical organization within Somerset County. Contact the Somerset Historical Center for more information.


  "Sugar in the Mountains, Maple Taste and Tour"
Saturday & Sunday
March 8&9

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 exhibit, 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 process of historical tapping, gathering, boiling, and sugar making.

Regular Admission Charged

  Tatting: Lace Making Workshop

March 22

10 am - 4 pm

Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops.  This is a beginning workshop taught by Carolyn Graves.  Carolyn will go over how to make your own needle tatted lace and by the end of the workshop you will have produced some of your own handmade lace to take home. The cost of the workshop includes a starter kit includes a set of 4 needles, a ball of #10 thread and a beginner booklet that Carolyn has developed over the years.

Charge $40 non-members and $35 HGSSC members
(Includes materials and kit to take home)

  Annual Meeting and "PA German Music, Dance and Instruments"
April 7

6:00pm Speaker: PHC Keith Brintzenhoff
Explore the traditions of Pennsylvania German music and dance through dance, songs, and stories by Pennsylvania Humanities Council Speaker, Keith Brintzenhoff. Dressed in authentic attire, Brintzenhoff offers a brief history of these rich traditions, performs, and explains the roles that the guitar, harmonica, mountain dulcimer, banjo and autoharp play in Pennsylvania German music.

Open to the general public. Free admission! The Society’s annual meeting will follow the program for HGSSC members in attendance.

  Annual School of Coopering

Friday, Saturday
and Sunday

April 11,12 and 13

Participants will cooper a Somerset County keeler using both traditional tools and techniques. 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.
Maximum of 12 Participants

Charge for Workshop $165 non-members and $150 for HGSSC members

  Pysanky Egg Workshop

April 12

10 am - 2 pm

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; students will take home a competed egg as well as the supplies to make their own at home. 
Charge $30 non-members and $25 for HGSSC members (Includes kit)

  Silent Movie Gala
May 16

Mountain Playhouse and Greengables, Jennerstown, Pa

Reception 7:00pm - 7:45pm

 General Admission 7:45pm and Show 8:00pm

$50 with reception and $25 for show

  The Civil War in Pennsylvania Exhibit and Spotlights of Somerset County
June 7 - August 2

The Civil War in Pennsylvania is a traveling exhibit created by The Senator John Heinz History Center and sponsored by Peoples Natural Gas and IMLS, in partnership with Pennsylvania Civil War 150.  The exhibit explores the Civil War from a Western Pennsylvania perspective through four life-like museum figures, artifacts, and photographs.

Regular admission charged. Free admission for all HGSSC members!

  Civil War Fashion Show
June 7

6:00pm at the Friendship Hall of the Friedens Lutheran Church, Friedens, Pa
A unique event to experience the clothing styles of Civil War Fashion from the everyday to elegant and military uniforms. A catered dinner will be followed by a program of Civil War Era Music and Fashions. Over 50 plus garments will be displayed, modeled, and demonstrated with civil war era music played in the background.

$30 per person non-member and $25 per person for HGSSC members
Make reservations by May 31, 2014

  Speaker Robert Oshnock

June 24

6:30 pm

6:30pm at the Somerset Historical Center
Robert Oshnock, president of the Westmoreland Chapter of the PA Archaeological Society will be speaking about the Monongahela Indians of Southwestern Pennsylvania; highlighting the 2013 field season excavation at the Consol Site in Westmoreland County.
Speaker sponsored by the Somerset County Chapter of the PA Archaeological Society.

Event is FREE and open to the public

  "Somer" Camp

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

June 25,26 & 27

10 am -3 pm
each day

10:00am to 3:00pm each day
 A summer camp that invites children ages 8 - 12 to learn about “Somerset County” the camp will explore our county’s rich heritage, resources, and what makes Somerset County unique. Children will learn about the Monongahela Indians, life in the early days, maple sugaring, and participate in numerous hands on activities. Some examples include making a historic toy, a stamped tin project, cooking over an open fire, and numerous other projects to take home. Cost includes all materials.

Limited to 15 children
$75 if parents are non-members
$65 if parents are HGSSC members

  First Annual "Meet and GreetPot Luck Picnic"for HGSSC Members

June 29

Noon - 4 pm

At Haupt Education Center and Sipe Pavilion
A chance for HGSSC members to gather and share a picnic meal, enjoy our facilities, walking trails, and resources. The Society will provide the meat and beverage.

Members should RSVP by June 20 and bring a pot luck dish to share.

  "Between the Lines; Readings from Local Civil War Letters and Diaries"
July 12

6:00pm at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Somerset, Pa
Historically dressed interpreters will bring to life the poignant firsthand accounts of local Civil War Veterans, and their families as told by letters, diaries, and other firsthand accounts. Readings will be accompanied by a number of celebrated historic songs for unforgettable evening of area Civil War history.
Light Civil War Era refreshments will be available during intermission and after program

Tickets are $15 for non-members and $12 for HGSSC members per person

  "Day on the Dig"
July 26

Ever want to be part of an Archaeology dig? This is your opportunity to participate in a hands-on “Day on the Dig” trip sponsored by the Somerset County Chapter of the Archaeological Society.  The trip will include transportation from the Somerset Historical Center to the Consol Site; all tools and equipment will be provided as well as instruction and guidance from the Westmoreland County Archaeology Society members. This is an outdoor hands-on program so please wear sturdy shoes, clothing that can get dirty, gloves, hat, and bring sunscreen and a bagged lunch. Drinks provided.

The trip is free to all Somerset County Archaeological Society Members.
Non-members must pay the $5 membership charge to participate.
Limited Seating RSVP after June 24, 2014 program

  Somerset County Appreciation Day

July 27

Noon - 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.

  45th Mountain Craft Days

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

September 5,6 and 7

10 am - 5pm

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 $7 for adults and $4 for students * Members showing membership card receive $1 discount

  Historical Halloween

October 25

5 pm to 8 pm

Family-friendly and safe trick-or-treating will be offered by the Somerset 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 their treats.
Charge: $5 per carload and a canned good for charity.

  Annual Banquet

November 7

6:30 pm

6:30pm at Sipesville Fire Hall
HGSSC’s annual banquet. Good food and fellowship with other members who share our mission of preserving Somerset County History.



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!