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Happenings from the Heisey

PHOTO PROVIDED Ronna Thompson, Bonnie Hannis, Carol Hanna and Maribeth Long are all dressed up their period costumes during the “Spooktacular Candlelight Heisey House Tours” held in October by the Clinton County Historical Society.

Thank you to all who joined us for “Spooktacular Candlelight Heisey House Tours” in October. Volunteers had fun representing historical house residents and those who attended seemed to enjoy the presentations.

On Nov. 8, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Poorman Gallery 352 E. Water, St., we and the Clinton County Genealogical Society are partnering to sell their publications just in time for Christmas giving.

The mission of the historical society is to collect, preserve and share the history of the region. To fulfill that mission the society has published two books, “Historic Lock Haven, An Architectural Survey” and “Wilbur Loveland’s Letters to Hannah, A Civil War Soldier’s Letters.” In addition to these books, “Last of The Susquehannocks” by Leonard Parucha and “Flemington Mosaic” by Martha Zeigler will also be on sale.

The Genealogical Society, a non-profit dedicated to helping people research their ancestry will be on hand with its publications for sale. These include a 10-volume series of all cemetery inscriptions from the county, indices to birth and death records, tax records, local church records and a comprehensive abstract of all county marriage records from 1885 to 2014 on flash drive. Representatives from the society will provide informal guidance on getting started with your research.

The Genealogical Society usually meets several times a year at the Poorman Gallery but is currently holding free public meetings via Zoom, with the next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. (meeting ID 879 8941 3110; password 067705).

The sale at the Poorman Gallery on Nov. 8 requires all participants to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Funding has been provided by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.

We help Lock Haven University celebrate 150 years of the Arts, Visual, Music, Dance, Theater and Choir with a display of memorabilia at the Poorman Gallery.

FROM THE COLLECTION

A description of several presidential items in the Heisey’s collection seems appropriate this November. In the East Parlor is the bedside table that once belonged to John Quincy Adams. Sitting on that table is a medal from Richard Nixon’s campaign and above it is a postcard signed by Teddy Roosevelt asking for the support of an Avis resident for the US senatorial campaign of former Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot. Beside the postcard is a framed copy of the Floyd photograph of the McKinley funeral train which made a stop at our Clinton Street train depot so that local residents could pay their respects.

In the hallway near the East Parlor is an 1861 certificate signed by Abraham Lincoln appointing his former Washington DC housemate, James Pollock, to be the director of the US Mint in Philadelphia. In the Poorman Gallery is the new display of memorabilia of local politicians including many campaign buttons donated by former Representative Mike Hanna. Local or national, there has been a home at the Heisey Museum for items from some candidates with ties to the history of Clinton County.

Funding has been provided by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.

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