Saturday, May 28, 2011

Living History of the PA Game Commission to be presented at BCHS, June 17

The Bradford County Historical Society will host a program entitled "Living History of the Pennsylvania Game Commission" scheduled for Friday, June 17, 2011 at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Although the event is free to attend, participants are asked to register by calling 570-265-2240 or by email at

Experience the history of game conservation and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Dressed as an old time game refuge keeper, Bill Bower will depict the life and work of early game protectors. Bradford County is home to the lowest numbered game lands in Pennsylvania - SGL #12 located on Barclay Mountain. Sunfish Pond was once the site of a game refuge. Come and hear the stories of a refuge keeper.
In 1995 the Pennsylvania Game Commission celebrated its 100th anniversary. It was formed in 1895 when a law was passed authorizing the Governor to appoint six men to this new commission. These men were to be sportsmen and serve without salary and pay at their own expense. No money was appropriated to run this new commission, and many thought it would fail before it even got started.
The commission was very unpopular with some of the hunting public. No longer could a man hunt whatever or whenever he wanted. Now he had to obey certain laws and hunt only during the open season, and there were some animals he could not hunt at all. To say that these new game protectors were unpopular would be unjust; actually most were hated by the hunters. In the first year, 14 game protectors were shot at, seven were hit, and four killed.
The state's forests were all cut over and forest fires were a common thing. Gone were the elk, the bison, the passenger pigeon, and the beaver. The state's wildlife community was in deplorable condition and needed help, badly.
Today a Game Protector is called a Wildlife Conservation Officer. Although his job is still basically law enforcement, the type of work has changed drastically in the last 100 years.
Bill Bower is a retired Wildlife Conservation Officer for western Bradford County.

This program is part of the 2011 "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. Free refreshments are provided at each program and the museum is open prior to the event.

Other Friday Night at the Museum programs scheduled for 2011 include: Bluelady Sings the Civil War, July 15; Stephen Foster: Father of American Music II, August 18; Hotels of Bradford County, September 16; Deserter Country: Civil War Opposition in Pennsylvania, October 21.

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

Friday, May 27, 2011

Canton Newspapers Now Available for Research

BCHS now offers for research a digitized version of the Canton World, Canton Sentinel and Canton Independent-Sentinel newspapers. These papers together cover the years 1875 to 2000. This is the first time that this resource has been available at BCHS and it is also the first time that copies can be made from the newspapers. If you are looking for genealogical information from the Canton area, make plans to do research at BCHS or send in a research request.

Click on the link below to visit the Research Request page on our website and found out how to have our volunteers research for you!

Research Requests

Monday, May 16, 2011

ATTENTION MEMBERS: Exhibit Opening & Reception, May 22

The Bradford County Historical Society invites its members to an Exhibit Opening & Reception to officially begin the 2011 season.

This event will be held Sunday, May 22, 2011, 2-4 p.m., at the Bradford County Historical Society. The event will begin in the Great Room at 2 p.m. with an introduction of this year’s new exhibits followed by a tour of the new exhibits by Matthew Carl, BCHS Manager and Curator.

The featured exhibit for 2011 is entitled, “Our Boys in Blue: Bradford County in the Civil War.” Approximately 150 Civil War related items have been pulled from storage for this exhibit in remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. In addition, a total of nine other permanent or rotating exhibits have been substantially or completely changed throughout the museum. As a result, the Bradford County Historical Society is offering more new and updated exhibits this year than it has in several years.

An invitation to this event is a benefit of your membership in the Bradford County Historical Society. Free refreshments will be served during the event. Don’t miss out on the new exhibits at BCHS!

Also, don’t forget that our Friday Night at the Museum programming season begins this Friday, May 20, at 6 p.m. Visit our website at for more information on our 2011 programming schedule. Don’t forget to register for this Friday’s program on the history of the 141st Regiment in the Civil War by Kurt Lafy. Civil War re-enactors in full uniform will also be present. Free refreshments. No cost to attend.

See you at these events!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

BCHS to Host Archives Workshop, June 7 & 8

The Bradford County Historical Society will host a two day workshop entitled “Archives Without Tears” on June 7-8, 2011. This workshop is for those who work or volunteer in organizations that deal with the past – whether it’s a museum, historical society, historic house, city or county government office, library, historic site, church, local school archives, or college archives. Registration for the workshop is required and must be received at the Historical Society by June 1. Seating is limited so early reservations are recommended.

Archives Without Tears will cover a variety of topics and participants will receive practical advice, sample forms and policies, and learn basic, valuable practices for collecting, preserving, and assisting researchers with the historical treasures in their care.

Day one of the workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and covers the Basics of Archives and Records Management. Specific topics include: the definition of historical records; managing, receiving, and evaluating collections; protecting collections from theft; dealing with copyright issues; general care of historical records; how to organize your records; where to find archival help, grants, and resources; and much more.

Day two runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and covers Disaster Planning for Historical and Vital Records and finally, Photographs and Special Media Care.

The workshop will be presented by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) and will feature presenters, Jerry Ellis, Linda Ries, and Joshua Stahlman, archivists with PHMC.

The registration fee is $15 per person for one day or $25 per person for the full two day event. The fee includes lunch which will be provided to participants both days as well as materials for the workshop. Participants will also be able to tour the Bradford County Historical Society including the museum and research center.

A registration form can be downloaded from the Historical Society website at or may be picked up in the museum lobby or in the research center Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Again, the registration and payment is due by June 1.

The Bradford County Historical Society is a recipient agency of the Bradford County United Way. For more information about the society museum or research center, visit or check out the Bradford County Historical Society Facebook page.