Friday, December 16, 2011

BCHS Releases New Photo Book in Commemoration of County Bicentennial

The Bradford County Historical Society announces the release of its latest publication, “Bradford County Bicentennial – A Photographic History.” The book was recently released in time for Christmas and just prior to the beginning of Bradford County’s bicentennial year in 2012.

“Bradford County Bicentennial – A Photographic History” commemorates the 200th anniversary of the formation of Bradford County, which will occur in 2012. The one-inch thick hardcover photo book features over 650 photographs, many of which have never been published before. Several photographs came from glass plate negatives in the historical society collection.

Numerous photos also came from the private collections of people from around the county and also from the collections of some of the county’s other museums.

Each township is represented by photographs which depict buildings and scenes taken as much as 150 years ago and others taken as recently as 2011.

The photos for the book were chosen and captions researched by the Bicentennial Committee of the Bradford County Historical Society. Book design and layout was done by Historical Society Manager/Curator, Matthew Carl.

This book is an excellent addition to any local history library. The book can be ordered by downloading an order form from the Bradford County Historical Society website at and mailing it in with your payment. The book is $40.00 plus $2.40 tax for Pennsylvania residents and $8.00 if shipping is required. If the book is needed before Christmas, you may purchase one by stopping by the Bradford County Historical Society, Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This book along with a large selection of local history books published by the Bradford County Historical Society can be purchased at the Ben Franklin store in Towanda. All proceeds benefit the historical society. The Ben Franklin store carries the largest selection of the historical society’s local history books, including Barclay Mountain books, county histories, and Civil War histories, making it convenient to support the Bradford County Historical Society just by stopping in and shopping for books at the store during regular business hours.

The bicentennial book is also available at the Canton Independent-Sentinel office, the LeRoy Heritage Museum gift shop (by appointment), and from the following historical society board members: Henry Farley, Sayre; Lois Crandell, Troy; Guy Abell, Rome; and Mary Skillings, Wyalusing.

The publication of this book marks the beginning of the year-long observance of the bicentennial of Bradford County.

For more information call the Bradford County Historical Society at 570-265-2240 or go online to the Society website, For the latest news from BCHS, visit the Bradford County Historical Society Facebook page.

The Bradford County Historical Society is supported in part by the Bradford County United Way.