Groups, School Tours, and Programs at the Somerset Historical Center


The Somerset Historical Center educates the public about rural life in southwestern Pennsylvania from pre-history to the present. The Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County, a non-profit community-based organization, supports and assists the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission by conducting the daily operations of the site.

The Education Department has designed special programs for groups of ten or more to enhance the existing school curriculum in Pennsylvania history for the time period of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. All programs can be adapted to meet the needs of individual grades and classes.

The Somerset Historical Center is open for outside guided tours April 1 – November 1.

Spring field trips are offered mid-April through June.

Onsite programs and outreach programs are offered throughout the year.

Mountain Craft Days: Education Friday
(Only available the first Friday after Labor Day)

This tour acquaints students with the concept of apprenticeship, and provides a meaningful format to collect information that can be analyzed and shared upon returning to the classroom. Students engage and interact with first person interpreters and artisans. Participants of the festival are expected to interact with visitors, answer questions, and share their knowledge of the skills needed to perform their craft and its history. A tour has been written to align with the Pennsylvania Standards for Mathematics; Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening; Science and Technology, and History. Groups participating in the “Mountain Craft Days” program are provided with a schedule for the day’s activities upon arrival.

This program is self guided. The HGSSC suggests schools breaking into small groups of 5-10 students with one chaperone to travel through the festival.

Advance reservations are required. There is no minimum or maximum number of students.

Cost: $3.00 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.

Availability: Friday by reservation only.

Time: Tours take approximately three hours. This program is self guided.