Annual Christmas Open House

Last week was a busy week at the Historical Society as the holiday season is in full swing.  On Wednesday afternoon the public was invited to join the Historical Society to view recent interviews of long-time residents of Indiana County conducted by students from IUP’s history department. It was a great afternoon as we got to experience what life was like during the first half of the 20th Century through individual stories.  These stories ranged from life in the coal towns, to time at the University, and military service. We would like to thank everyone who came out and shared the afternoon with us along with the students from IUP’s History Department who completed the interviews, and of course the residents of Indiana County who shared their memories.

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IUP Community Choir

Then on Friday evening the Historical Society welcomed the community to celebrate the Christmas Season.  The weather was perfect, as the rain held off for most of the evening. The community came together to tour the festively decorated Clark House while enjoying holiday refreshments and to tour the museum. There were even gifts in the gift shop for people to do some holiday shopping for family and friends.  Our guests enjoyed holiday music provided by the IUP Community Choir, afterwards guests made their way to the Clark House for a holiday sing along around the piano in the parlor. If you were lucky you got to have a conversation with some historical figures, including Harry and Anna White who were in the Clark House. Thanks to all who came out to celebrate the season with us and to the Evergreen Garden Club for decorating the Clark House for the holiday season.

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Harry and Anna White

As a reminder the Historical Society will be closed from December 22, 2018 through January 1, 2019. We will reopen on January 2, 2019. We are excited to see what the new year holds in store, stay tuned for future events such as programs and fundraisers, or just come in to visit the museum or do some family research in our library. Whatever the reason for your visit we can’t wait to see you at the Society. We wish everyone a happy holiday season and a happy new year.

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Clark House

December 2016 Events at the Society

December seems to be a busy time of year with all the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, decorating and getting ready for Christmas.  December is also a busy time of year at the Indiana County Historical Society as well.

Join some of our volunteers on Saturday December 3 from 11-4 at the Indiana Mall at a booth that will be set up.  They will have Indiana County themed gift items for sale for those of you who are looking for Christmas gifts…or simply a gift for yourself. They will also have the ever popular Indiana County-Opoly game if you weren’t able to get your copy last year now is the time to get yours before they are gone.

Gift items

On December 9, join the Society as they celebrate the Christmas season at the Clark House and Armory. The event will run from 6-9 pm.  Bring your family and friends out to the Society and enjoy an old fashioned Victorian Christmas.  There will be two local choral groups to provide a nice selection of holiday music in the Armory.  Also join us in the beautifully decorated Clark House, thanks to the Evergreen Garden Club, for refreshments and mingle and tour the museum.  There may also be time for an old fashioned carol sing around the pump organ in the beautifully decorated parlor.

The Society is once again hosting the Indiana County Open Arts Exhibit. This yearly event is put on by the Indiana Art Association.  Please stop by the museum to see the paintings, glass work, jewelry, and photographs done by local artists, both professional and non-professional. You are even invited to vote for your favorite artwork!  Thanks to all those who were involved in the installation of the exhibit. It will be open during normal business hours, Tuesday-Friday 9am-4pm and Saturday 10-3. The show will last until January 7, 2017.

Indiana County Open Arts Exhibit 2016

Finally, the Society will be closed December 24 through January 2 so that our staff and volunteers can celebrate the holidays with their family and loved ones.

From everyone at the Historical Society we wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we hope to see you when you visit the museum.