Friday, September 4, 2015

Bradford County History playing cards are back in stock!

Bradford County History Playing Cards are back with a second printing of the first edition! These decks feature the same cards but are enclosed in a newly designed case. You can purchase your decks Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, in the Research Center at the Bradford County Historical Society. If you are interested in ordering by phone using a credit card, call 570-265-2240. Shipping available. We will be selling them through our website soon as well!

Friday Night at the Museum program to tell history of Bradford County’s museums

The Bradford County Historical Society host a program titled Preserving Bradford County: Local Historians and the Books and Museums they Developed scheduled for Friday, September 18, 2015 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

Bradford County has been saving its history for over 150 years. Local historians have documented our stories in personal collections, books, newspapers, and museums for many generations. Learn about these historians and the work they did to preserve our heritage so it would be available for present generations.

Bradford County Historical Society curator/manager, Matthew Carl, will dig deep into the history of a topic not usually discussed. How was local history saved over the years? Why does Bradford County have eleven history museums and how did they start? Learn about the generosity of local volunteers and benefactors that made these museums possible. Hear how these museums are working together today.

This program is part of the 2015 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.

Upcoming programs are: October 16 – Marcel Singer: The Gentle Butcher of Hong Kew.

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

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


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This is the final post from Heather as the museum closes for the season this week. We hope you have enjoyed learning about some the items in the museum this season!

#14 - HAIR WREATH This “mourning piece,” in accordance with a Victorian tradition, was intended to commemorate deceased family members. It was common for individuals to keep locks of hair, even Oscar Wilde kept a piece of his sister’s hair in a locket. The flowers in this particular wreath were made from human hair of loved ones who had passed away. This was done by often hardening the hair by boiling. Hair wreaths like this one usually came from two or more deceased family members.

Visit the Bradford County Historical Society Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm to see this and hundreds of other local history pieces.