Historical events in fashion

Historical events in fashion




Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County
2018 Events


Maple Taste & Tour Weekend

Saturday and Sunday
March 10 & 11


This is FREE event is in cooperation with the Somerset County Maple Producers to promote the maple industry. Visit any or all of the 16 participating sugar camps and see the process of maple syrup production! The Somerset Historical Center is the heritage stop for learning about maple sugaring history and lore. Learn about historical tapping, gathering, boiling and sugar making in the county. Taste the maple taffy treat, "spotza," and freshly stirred sugar. Watch coopers hand-craft wooden maple sugar buckets, known as "keelers."

For more information visit the Somerset County Maple Producers' website www.somersetcountymaple.org


  Annual Meeting

April 2


The public is invited to attend the evening's presentation. Following the speaker, members are encouraged to join the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County's board members for their annual meeting.

The Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County’s annual meeting will be held Monday, April 2, 2018 at the Somerset Historical Center beginning at 6:00 pm.
The event will feature Ron Bruner’s program entitled "Then and Now: Following in Walt’s Footsteps."
It will be a trip down memory lane as we view photos taken by the late Walt Bowen during the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s, along with current photos of those same scenes taken by members of the Laurel Highlands Photography Club


  Common Threads Symposium

April 21


The Somerset Historical Center and Laurel Arts have joined forces once again to bring the Common Threads Symposium on April 21!
Fiber artists will set-up throughout the Historical Center's museum exhibit to display and/or sell their work. This year's speakers include fabric artist and author, Sally C. Fink, and spinning wheel collector and author, Mike Taylor.

Tickets are each and can be purchased at the door.

This year, in conjunction with the symposium we will be holding a quilt sale / fundraiser.  The goals of sale are to generate income for quilters and to raise monies for Historical Center.  For full details or to obtain a registration form, contact Kasey Ross at 814.445.6077 or . 

  Frosty Mugs of Thunder Brewfest

May 19


Frosty Mugs of Thunder Brewfest is a fundraiser for the Historical & Genealogical Society of Somerset County. This event is named after the Frosty Sons of Thunder, a title given to the native sons and daughters of Somerset County, a place where "the frost comes early and stays late." Come enjoy an evening of beer tasting, live music, food, and historical demonstrations. The event will be held rain or shine! Ages 21 and older only. All proceeds will go to the HGSSC and help with the daily operation of the Somerset Historical Center.

Tickets are per person and for Designated Drivers(DD). Have a group that would like to attend? Take advantage of the Six Pack Deal: buy 5 tickets and get 1 free!

Does not include DD tickets

For more information, visit the Frosty Mugs of Thunder Brewfest Facebook page.


Feed the Birds

June 2


The Somerset Historical Center is collaborating with Wildlife Works Inc. to put together this fun and educational program! Come see birds rescued by Wildlife Works Inc., learn about birds of PA and make-and-take your own milk carton bird feeder!

This event is regular admission plus a donation for the Wildlife Works Inc.

A list of needed supplies are found on the Wildlife Works Inc. webpage, www.wildlifeworksinc.org

  Laurel Highlands Photography Club Exhibit

June 12

This exhibit features beautiful photographs taken by the members of the Laurel Highlands Photography Club. For more information visit the Laurel Highlands Photography Club Facebook page

Regular Admission

  Gadgets, Gizmos and What-cha-ma-call-its...A Kid’s View of Long Ago

June 16

Noon to 2pm

Gadgets, Gizmos, and What-cha-ma-call-its...A Kid's View of Long Ago! This is a hands-on program of children's activities including toys, chores, crafts, and foods from the past. See what life was like hundreds of years ago. Try your hand at spool weaving, nature printing, clay marble making, Scherenschnitte, and more!

This event is per child

  “Answering the Call: Somerset County in the Great War"

July 14

Exhibit Opening

In the last year of the Centennial Anniversary, this exhibit will examine the people and stories of Somerset County in the First World War from the home front to the front lines. '

Regular Admission


Escape Room

July 7 & 21


Work as a team to solve your mission within 60 minutes inside our historically themed barn! Each game can have up to 10 players. Tickets are per person. Two games offered each day. Will you escape before the time runs out?

per person

  Historic Hayride

July 14 & 28


Enjoy a wagon ride around the Somerset Historical Center's beautiful grounds while hearing local tales of Harmon Husband, Covered Bridges, Robber Lewis, and more! Two rides offered each day.

Tickets are for members, for non-members

  Escape Room

August 4 & 18


Work as a team to solve your mission within 60 minutes inside our historically themed barn! Each game can have up to 10 players. Tickets are per person. Two games offered each day. Will you escape before the time runs out?

per person


Historic Hayride

August 11 & 25


Enjoy a wagon ride around the Somerset Historical Center's beautiful grounds while hearing local tales of Harmon Husband, Covered Bridges, Robber Lewis, and more! Two rides offered each day.

Tickets are for members, for non-members.


Mountain Craft Days

Friday, Saturday & Sunday
September 7, 8 & 9


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 for adults, for children 6-17 years of age
Children 5 and under are FREE.

  Historical Halloween

October 20


Safe, family-friendly trick or treating! Stroll through the Somerset Historical Center's grounds along lantern lit paths; stop at the historic structures and talk to costumed interpreters; try to find the famous Robber Lewis and collect treats! Join us for a fun filled night! Enjoy fresh squeezed apple cider, yummy popcorn, and the general ambiance of our Historical Halloween!

Admission is per child and an apple for the cider press.

  Annual Banquet

November 1


Good food, program and fellowship with other history-minded friends. Held at the Sipesville Firehall.

Tickets are per person.

  Ethnic Traditions

December 2


Come listen to families from various cultural backgrounds share their stories, food, music, and traditions. Tickets are per person or per couple.

per ticket, per couple


Christmas Fun!

December 8


Find the perfect gift for everyone on your "Nice" list here at the Somerset Historical Center's Museum Shop. Items from local artisans including tinware, pottery, maple and apple products, and so much more! There will be children's activities and even ornament making. Be sure to stop by!




The Sponsored Lecture Series


The Other Guys: The Founding Farmers-Shays, Whiskey and Fries’s Rebellions” by Dr. Paul Newman


May 17

6:30 pm


The Other Guys: The Founding Farmers--Shays, Whiskey and Fries's Rebellions" by Dr. Paul Newman.

This presentation will be a comparison of the socioeconomic and demographic factors and the analysis of the interrelationship of Shays, Whiskey and Fries's Rebellion.



Lecture Series: “Victorian’s Secrets: Civil War Fashions for Women"


June 9



What did women wear underneath their dresses during the Civil War years?  Through a live clothing demonstration, Karin J. Bohleke, Ph.D., of the Fashion Archives and Museum of Shippensburg University, will explain the history and the thoughtful reasoning behind the layers.


  Lecture Series: “Legends and Lore of Southern Pennsylvania”


July 21



Join author and historian Thomas White as he discusses the history and cultural meaning behind the supernatural legends and folklore of southern Pennsylvania. Hear stories of hauntings, witchcraft, curses, lost treasure, and prophetic dreams from Somerset, Bedford, Fayette and Westmoreland Counties.


  Lecture Series: “Bottle Documentation and Identification"


August 18


"Bottle Documentation and Identification" by Bill Rump is a FREE program through the Somerset Historical Center's Sponsored Lecture Series Learn about glass bottles and how to identify them with Bill Rump from the Laurel Highlands Bottle Club. Help the Society document Somerset County bottles by bringing your own bottles in for identification!





Craft Workshops


Tinsmithing Workshop


Saturday & Sunday March 17 & 18

Sat 8am-5pm
Sun 9am-5pm

This workshop is taught by local tinsmith, Roy Phillips. It is an introduction to the Art of Tinning and designed to provide a beginning knowledge of 18th & 19th century tinning using manual construction tools and techniques. There is a variety of projects to choose from. Students will be able to construct up to seven reproduction items including a candleholder, wall sconce, typical pie cabinet picture, side pour coffee pot, one pint mug, and more! Starting with a basic layout and pattern making, participants will have instruction on the cutting, forming, and assembly of their project.

This workshop is 5 for members and 0 for non-members.

  Pysanky Egg Workshop”


March 24




Explore the art, symbolism, and joy of creating pysanky eggs for the Easter season by attending a pysanky egg decorating workshop taught by local artisan, Jennifer Mudery. 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. The fee is per person for museum members and for nonmembers. No prior experience is necessary and all materials are included.

The workshop is open to adults and children ages 12 and up; ages 12 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration required by March 17.

Enrollment is limited to 12 participants, so call the Somerset Historical Center and reserve your spot now!

for members, for non-members

  Coopering Workshop


Friday, Saturday
& Sunday
April 27, 28 & 29

Fri 6pm
Sat 9am-5pm
Sun 9am-11am


The Society is seeking individuals with an interest in learning traditional coopering techniques to fashion a wooden staved maple sugar keeler, or bucket, reminiscent of those made and used in the maple sugar camps and farms of Somerset County more than a century ago.

The class is limited to 12 individuals and cost is 5 for non-members and 0 for members and includes all materials

0 members, 5 non-members

  Needle Tatting Workshop


April 28



Have you ever wanted to learn how to tat? Come learn the basic tatting stitch and create a length of edging in rings and chains. This workshop is taught by Mountain Craft Day artisan, Carolyn Groves.

The cost for this class is for members and for non-members

  Cordwainer Workshop


Wednesday through Sunday
June 6-10

Wed through Sat 9am-5pm


Have you ever wanted to make yourself a pair of shoes? Here’s your chance to make an all leather handmade oxford shoe. No experience required! These classic shoes by the Cordwainer Shop were first designed in the 1920’s and are just as popular today. Choose your colors and create your own individually designed shoes that actually fit your feet. The class is taught by Molly Grant, third generation Cordwainer (shoemaker).

The cost for this workshop is 0. For more information visit Molly Grant's webpage at www.cordwainershop.com.

0 per person

  Rug Hooking Workshop


July 7




The workshop will provide each student with a kit that will contain everything needed to complete a rug hook design approximately 8" x 8". Rug hooking artisan, Deborah Hart, will teach students the history of hooking, the techniques used, how to work from a pattern and draw your own, how to choose appropriate fabrics, what equipment to use, and how to finish the project. This will be a one-day workshop, students are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch.

per person



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!



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