Monday, November 13, 2017

Bradford County Historical Society to release “Defending Democracy: Bradford County in World War I, A Centennial Remembrance” at Annual Book Sale December 3.

The annual holiday book sale will be held at the Bradford County Historical Society in Towanda on Sunday December 3rd from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The sale will be held in the museum located at 109 Pine Street in the heart of Towanda’s Historic District.

The book sale will be held two days this year Sunday December 3 from 11-3 p.m. and Wednesday December 6 from 4-6 p.m. This event has become a tradition with local history buffs that are looking to add to their collections. It is the only time each year that the society offers books at a discount price. Books range from $7.50 to $70.00.

A great stocking stuffer are the Bradford County Playing Cards there are three versions of the playing cards that have images of famous Bradford County people and Places with a succinct history of the image on the card. The SS. Peter and Paul playing cards are available as well.

The long-anticipated World War I history which has been in the works all year will be available for the first time at the sale. The Bradford County Historical Society’s newest publication “Defending Democracy: Bradford County in World War I, A Centennial Remembrance” is the largest new publication released by the Society in over 20 years. Virtually unlike any book previously published by BCHS, Defending Democracy has a beautiful full cover glossy cover with amazing graphics. The book contains 516 pages; 18 chapters with added appendix; 280 previously unpublished black and white photographs; a full list of over 2,100 Bradford County World War I soldiers; a complete surname index; a section to record your own family’s participation in the war; and so much more. The book is filled with personal stories of Bradford County soldiers, news accounts, memories and data that together describe the experiences of Bradford County Soldiers from the time they were drafted to the time they were discharged. Stories of Bradford County’s Red Cross work during the war and participation by our nurses in the war are also recorded. This book will be treasured for generations to come.

Karen Tuton’s book “Jail Birds” a delightful story of her time as a child growing up living in the sheriff’s quarters of the jail is available this year. The society was out of this book last year and many requests came in for copies so more were ordered.

The reprint of “History of Bradford County, Pennsylvania-1770-1878,” will be available at the sale. The book was produced using cover material and paper like the original book, making this a collector’s edition for all local history fans and researchers alike. The production of this history in 1878 by Rev. David Craft was the first major project done by the Bradford County Historical Society after it was formed in 1870. Craft was appointed by the society to write the history; it is considered one of the best county histories ever published for that period. The Craft history (as well as all other reprints of the society) contains an added index which makes finding your ancestor or subject much easier as the originals did not include indexes.

The wonderful history of our ghost mountain “Barclay Mountain-A History” will be available at a discounted price. The 359-page book published in 2007 features 32 chapters that are full of historical documentation, interviews and transcriptions of oral history with 400 plus photos of people and places over two centuries.

Also, available will be “Images of Southwestern Bradford County”, the largest photo book ever published about the history of southwestern Bradford County was written and designed by Matthew T. Carl. Proceeds benefit the LeRoy Heritage Museum. The book is hardcover has 400 pages and is over an inch thick. Approximately 700 photos from the collections of LeRoy Heritage Museum, the former Canton Area Historical Society, Ruth Kinney-McIntire, and several private collections. Images are from the townships of Canton LeRoy, Granville, and old Barclay.

Other local Histories published by the Wyalusing Valley Museum and the Camptown Civic Club will be available for the sale. The Bicentennial photo history of Bradford County is for sale at this event. The Bradford County Historical Society put together a book that contains 653 photographs of towns and townships throughout the county many of the photos have never or rarely been published in the past and offer the reader a glimpse of how our county grew and progressed through time.

Another featured item at this year’s sale will be the 128-page, full color, hard cover, indexed atlas, “Map of Bradford Country, Pennsylvania – 1858,” reprinted by the Bradford County Historical Society. This book features a map of each township and borough that shows the location of houses and buildings and their ownership in 1858. The entire set of maps is indexed, making it easy to quickly locate your ancestor or property.

Reprints of local history such as the “Romance of Old Barclay” and the “1869 Beers Atlas of Bradford County” along with writings of other local historians will be available that day.

The late Staley N. Clarke wrote the “Romance of Old Barclay” in 1928. He tells the story of the mountain and the coal mines along with the stories of some of the people who came to Bradford County to work there. Every little town on the mountain is mentioned in the book. There is also a listing of Barclay Mountain residents employed in the mines.

Some of the other books that will be available include “Our Boys in Blue” Clement Heverly's history of Bradford County in the Civil War. “Pioneer and Patriot Families of Bradford County, 1778-1825”. The new “History of Bradford County.” 1995, which features 1,400 submitted family stories and the histories of town and townships, churches, schools and businesses, industry, military, cemetery and Century Farms. Please note this book can not be reprinted so when the supply available at the museum is depleted it will no longer be available. “Guthrie 100 Years of Health Care” a photo history of Guthrie along with the works of several local authors can also be acquired at the annual sale. 

Bradford County History Books make wonderful Christmas gifts please join society trustees who will be on hand to assist book shoppers during the sale. The Historical Society is a recipient agency of the Bradford County United Way.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Friday Night at the Museum to host, “McFadden: Bad Boy of the Republican Party”

The Bradford County Historical Society will host a program titled, “McFadden: Bad Boy of the Republican Party,” scheduled for Friday, October 20, 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 info@bradfordhistory.com.

Louis T. McFadden was Canton’s home-grown Congressman who represented Bradford County for 20 years and was one of America’s most controversial politicians in the first half of the 20th century. He tried to impeach President Herbert Hoover and fought tough election battles against Cornelia Pinchot, the wife of Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot. Adolf Hitler praised his anti-Semitic remarks and conspiracy theorists are still writing about him today. McFadden also made positive accomplishments and his opinions about the Federal Reserve are still considered relevant.

This program will be presented by Matthew Carl.

This program is the final feature 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.

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 www.bradfordhistory.com or check out the society Facebook page at facebook.com/BradfordCountyHistoricalSociety.

BCHS Closed for Renovation Beginning October 25

Please note that due to extensive renovation work to our heating and cooling system throughout our building, the research center will be closed October 25 - October 27 and depending on how quickly the work is completed, the research library MAY be closed November 1 - November 3. The museum ONLY will be open Saturday, October 28, 10 am - 2 pm, as the last day for regular museum hours this season. Please watch our Facebook page, our website - www.bradfordhistory.com, or call 570-265-2240 to confirm hours before traveling and to find out when our research hours are back to normal.