Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday Night at the Museum to host, “Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream” with Photographer Matthew Christopher

The Bradford County Historical Society will host a program titled, “Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream,” scheduled for Friday, September 15, 2017 at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. There is no admission charge for this event but donations are appreciated. To reserve a seat, participants are asked to register by calling 570-265-2240 or by email at 

Based on the book, “Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream”, this not-to-be-missed program will feature the photography of Matthew Christopher.

If the creation of a structure represents the values and ideals of a time, so too does its subsequent abandonment and eventual destruction. In “Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream”, internationally acclaimed photographer Matthew Christopher continues his tour of the quiet catastrophes dotting American cities, examining the losses and failures that led these ruins to become forsaken by communities that once embraced them. From the heartbreaking story of a state school that would become home to one of the country's worst cases of fatal neglect and abuse to the shattered remains of what was once the largest mall in the United States, "Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream" asks what leads us to leave places behind and what are the consequences of doing so.

Matthew Christopher’s journey to document abandoned sites began a decade ago while researching the decline of the state hospital system. Realizing that words alone could not adequately convey the harsh realities of institutional care, Christopher embarked on a journey to visit and photograph the crumbling state schools and asylums in our midst. Ten years later, Christopher’s focus has broadened to include the ruins of American infrastructure, industry, churches, schools, theaters, hospitals, prisons, resorts and hotels as realized in his best-selling book, “Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences”. From Taunton State Hospital in Massachusetts to the US Air Force’s aircraft boneyard in Tucson, Arizona, Christopher’s extensive collection of derelict sites is featured on his website Abandoned America. His work has gained international attention and he is considered a leading expert on urban blight and the efforts to preserve America’s endangered architectural history. His photography has been featured on NBC Nightly News, the L.A. Times, BBC, ABC News, NPR, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post, and many other leading magazines and news outlets.

This program is part of the 2017 Friday Night at the Museum programming series that is held the third Friday of each month from May through October. Each event is held in the Great Room at the Bradford County Historical Society, located at 109 Pine Street, Towanda, PA. Refreshments are provided at each program and the museum is open a half-hour prior to the event.

Other programs scheduled for this year are: October 20 – McFadden: Bad Boy of the Republican Party.

The Bradford County Historical Society is a recipient agency of the Bradford County United Way and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. For more information about the society and its programming schedule, museum or research center, visit or check out the society Facebook page at

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Internationally Known Photographer of Abandoned Buildings to Speak at BCHS

Bradford County Historical Society’s Friday Night at the Museum programming series continues Friday, September 15th with a program titled, “Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream” featuring Matthew Christopher from Philadelphia, internationally known photographer and expert on urban blight and the efforts to preserve America’s endangered architectural history. See examples of his fascinating photography of abandoned buildings. More information about the speaker may be found at Program held in the Great Room at the Bradford County Historical Society, 109 Pine Street, Towanda, PA 18848. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Program begins at 6:00 pm. Call 570-265-2240 or email to reserve your seat. Free admission. Donations accepted at the door.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

BCHS Closed Labor Day Weekend; Fall Museum Hours

Where has the time gone? This week is the last week of regular museum hours for the season! The research center continues to be open year around but the museum weekday hours come to an end.

HOWEVER... We will be having Saturday museum hours this year throughout September and October, 10 am to 2 pm each Saturday.

Due to the Labor Day holiday weekend coming up, neither the museum or research center will be open on Saturday, September 2. So stop by on Saturdays to visit the museum this fall.

We still schedule museum group tours throughout the fall and there are still two Friday Night at the Museum programs left this year.