Old & New: History for you

PHOTO PROVIDED This painting by Edna Bottorf (1900-1968), was donated by the D.K. Shadle estate. Does anyone know anything about it?

This evening, the Clinton County Historical Society has a float in the Lock Haven Christmas parade highlighting the “Down Home Country Christmas” FUNraiser show to be held later tonight at 7:30 at the Elks.

Come join Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Elvis Presley and others as we ring in the holidays with music and laughs. We’ll even play some trivia!

It’s not too late for tickets, only $15, and you may also pay at the door. We’ll sell hot dogs, sloppy joe sliders and vegetarian chili. There is a cash bar with snacks. See our website, www.clintonpahistory.org.

“The Bear” radio will be collecting toys for children up to age 16. Presentations by the Lock Haven Rotary Quartet and the Charlton Chapel Carolers will be sure to delight everyone. A new CCHS carved wooden ornament will be offered for sale, the first in a collectible series.

Our annual holiday open house at the Heisey is on Dec. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. Come see us and share holiday cheer. We’re decorated outside and in! Thanks to Poormans Island Market for donating our beautiful tree.

The next Wendy’s night benefiting CCHS is Tuesday, Dec. 12. Ten percent of all sales between 5 and 8 p.m. will be donated to us. The community has been very supportive of the past CCHS nights, and we’re very appreciative of this support. Don’t cook that night; go to Wendy’s! Some people even pick up salads for their next day’s lunch!

We had a great time at the Clinton County Economic Partnership’s “Time Out” on Nov. 2. “Jerry Church,” “Edith Furst” and “Mrs. Heisey’s maid” all attended and imparted bits of local history to the many attendees. The gallery looked beautiful with displays of art and local memorabilia.

Here’s another Edna Bottorf painting that does not have a title. Obviously it’s a fire house, but does anyone recognize it? Dr. Bottorf, an art educator at the then Central State Normal School, now Lock Haven University, in the early 1900s, is known for painting local scenes and buildings.

The Heisey House will be closed to the public from Dec. 20 to Jan. 15. We’ll still be picking up mail and monitoring email and phone messages, however, so we won’t be completely out of touch.

Have a great holiday!


Jo Ann Bowes is president of the Clinton County Historical Society.