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

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 or check out the society Facebook page at

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 -, or call 570-265-2240 to confirm hours before traveling and to find out when our research hours are back to normal.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bradford County Historical Society to offer Antique Appraisal Day

On Sunday October 15, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. the Bradford County Historical Society will be hosting an Antique Appraisal Day. We all have items that have been handed down over the years things they we tuck away in a safe place and look at occasionally and wonder what this item might be worth. The Antique Appraisal Day will give you the opportunity to have a professional examine your item and give you the good or bad news of what your article is worth.

This event will be held in the great room of the Bradford County Museum located at 109 Pine Street in Towanda, PA. The appraiser for the day will be long time local antique dealer Chuck Bullock. Mr. Bullock was born and raised on his family farm in Auburn Township in Susquehanna County, PA and after attending C.C.B.I in Syracuse and Bucknell University he had a long career in banking. Mr. Bullock owns Sanford and Sons Antiques in Wyalusing the shop noted for its very colorful lawn ornaments along Route 6. Mr. Bullock also conducts on site estate sales in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties.

The appraisal is open to the public and there will be a charge of $3 per item for Historical Society members and $ 5 per item for nonmembers.

The museum will also be open for tours and the gift shop will be open for any persons interested in purchasing local history books or pre- ordering the soon to be published World War I History a 500-page book loaded with Bradford County Soldier stories and photos that is going to be a highlight this Christmas season. You may want to buy a 2018 society membership for that hard to buy for person on your Holiday giving list. Memberships include the society publication THE SETTLER a magazine of local history and genealogy four times a year.

So, dig out that item you have stored away dust it off and bring it to the Bradford County Museum on October 15 for what will surely be a fun filled and interesting afternoon. We will be unable to allow fire arms in the appraisal.

Bradford County Historical Society to hold Annual Meeting

The Bradford County Historical Society located in the historic old Bradford County Jail 109 Pine Street, Towanda will be holding its annual membership meeting on Sunday October 22. The meeting will be held in the Great Room of the museum and begins at 2:00 P.m. The business portion of the meeting will include the report of the president, the report of the manager curator and election of trustees. Those trustees whose terms expire this year are Henry G. Farley, Sayre, J. Kelsey Jones, Mosherville, James Neiley, Wyalusing and Rita Carey, Camptown. These trustees have expressed an interest in continuing to serve on the board and Mrs. Margaret Gaiting Walsh, chairperson of the nominating committee presented their names to the board for approval for the ballot at the annual meeting at the September board meeting.

The society also presents two significant awards at the annual meeting the Clement F. Heverly Outstanding Service Award and the Leo E. Wilt Historian of the Year award. This is the 25th year that the society will be presenting the awards the program began at the 1992 Annual Meeting when James Nobles of Sayre was selected as the historian of the year and the Bradford County Farm Museum, Troy received the group award for outstanding service.

The business meeting will be followed with a program. This year back by popular demand is Todd Babcock. Todd is president of the Tioga Point Museum, Athens and a professional land surveyor. He will be repeating a presentation done earlier this year Mapping Bradford County and the State of Westmoreland. This program draws from the collection of the Tioga Point Museum, and includes some manuscript documents relating to the Susquehanna Land Company and Col. John Franklin’s arrest and imprisonment for treason against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The presentation also covers maps from across Bradford County prepared by Zephon Flower who settled in Athens and was a Deputy Surveyor for the Commonwealth. Todd in his program is able to use his professional skills to tell the early boundary stories of the area.

The program will be followed with light refreshments and tours of the museum. This meeting is open to the membership of the society and the general public. Please call the museum at (570) 265-2240 to reserve a seat for the meeting or contact the society at