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Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County
2015 Events

  “Sugar in the Mountains, Maple Taste and Tour”

Saturday & Sunday
March 14 & 15

10 am - 4 pm

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.

No Charge , free will donations appreciated.

  Pysanky Egg Workshop

March 28


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.

$25 non-members and $20 for HGSSC members

  Annual Meeting

April 6


“One Hundred Years Ago in Somerset County” Speaker: Somerset Historical Center Interns Open to the general public. The Society’s annual meeting will follow the program for HGSSC members in attendance.

Free admission!

  Annual School of Coopering
Saturday & Sunday
April 10, 11 & 12

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

  Made in the Glades Craft Sampler

Friday & Saturday
June 5 & 6

Become an apprentice for a day, as you try your hand at some traditional crafts. Two sampler classes to choose from: “The Mechanic Trades” such as blacksmithing, tinsmithing, woodworking, and pewtersmithing. Take home a brass/iron spatula, punched tin nutmeg grater, pewter spoon, and wooden folktoys OR the “Housekeeping Trades” such as dutch oven/beehive bake oven baking, hand sewing, cordmaking using a lucet, and spinning on a drop spindle.

$50 non-members and $45 for members the Somerset Historical Center

June 30

6:30 pm

Speaker sponsored by the Somerset County Chapter of the PA Archaeological Society.

Event is FREE and open to the public

  Photography Exhibit: Art in the Museum
June 20


  Frosty Mugs of Thunder Brewfest
June 27

Sample some of the finest microbrews being made in the local beer industry. Food entertainment, and multiple varieties to sample. Limited tickets available.

$35 per person $32 in advance

  Second Annual “Meet and Greet Pot Luck Picnic” for HGSSC Members

June 28

noon - 4pm

Gather at the Haupt Education Center/Sipe Pavilion for an enjoyable meal, enjoy our facilities, walking trials, and pitch some horseshoes. The Historical Society provides meat and beverages. Members bring a potluck dish to share.

No Charge

  The Barn: Icon of Somerset County Rural Life

July 18


July — October

The HGSSC will highlight Somerset County Barns: An exhibit that highlights the history of the barn in Somerset County, from its design and construction to its everyday use.

  5k Walk & Run

July 25


Come out for some friendly competition and an enjoyable day out. Preparation of the course is an Eagle Scout project for Andy Bastian of Somerset Boy Scout Troop #131. The inaugeral run for what is planned to be an annual fundraiser for the Somerset Historical Center.

  Somerset County Appreciation Day

July 26


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

  46th Annual Mountain Craft Days

Saturday & Sunday
11, 12 & 13

10am - 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

  Historical Halloween

October 24


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.

$5 per carload , a canned good for charity, and an apple for the cider press.

  Annual Banquet

November 5


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

Held at Sipesville Firehall
968 Sr4002, Sipesville, PA 15561

  Ethnic Christmas Traditions

December 6


The HGSSC Celebrates the ethnic Christmas traditions of Somerset County with the descendants of four 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 ethnic tradition 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 ethnic tradition.
Join us for this unique experience.

  Helping Hands for History

Second Wednesdays

May, June, July & August

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



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!