Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County
2017 Events


 

Magic Puzzle Purse Class

Saturday
February 4

10am-noon

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

Saturday
March 4

9am-noon

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

Saturday
& Sunday
March 11-12

10am-4pm

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

Saturday
March 11

9am-1pm

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

Saturday
& Sunday
March 25 & 26

9am-5pm

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

Saturday
April 1

2pm

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

Monday
April 3

Speaker to be announced

Free event

  Common Threads Symposium

Saturday
April 22

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

 

Coopering Workshop

Friday,
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

Saturday
May 6

10am-5pm

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"

Sunday
May 7

5pm

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

Saturday
& Sunday
June 3-4

10am-5pm

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

Regular admissions

 

Daddy and Me Workshop

Saturday
June 10

10am-5pm

 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

  Brewfest

Saturday
July 1

4-8pm

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

Saturday
& Sunday
July 8-9

10am-5pm

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

Saturday
& Sunday
July 15-16

9am-5pm

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

RSVP by July 1

$60 for members, $70 for non-members

 

Exhibit Opening

Saturday
July 22


(July 21 private reception)


Kid's Summer Camp

Monday
through
Friday
July
24 to 28

9am-2pm

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

Saturday
& Sunday
August 12 & 13

10am-5pm

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

Regular admissions

  Mountain Craft Days

Friday,
Saturday
& Sunday
September
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

Saturday
October 7

6pm

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

Saturday
October 14

2pm-5pm

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

Saturday
October 21

5pm-8pm

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

Thursday
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

Sunday
December 3

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

RSVP by November 19

Fee charged

  Christmas Fun

Saturday
December 9

9am-7pm

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!