Happenings from the Heisey

By Jo Ann Bowes

The Heisey House and Poorman Gallery are all decked out in fresh greens. Thanks to John Gummo for donating trees and greens and to Heverly Tree Farm for donating greens. Thank you Jim Hanna for installing spotlights at the Heisey. They look great!

Members and the public are invited to the free Holiday Open House at Heisey and Poorman Gallery. Enjoy music, refreshments and holiday spirit from 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 8. Wendy Walsh will be conducting a “wine paring” demonstration at the Poorman Gallery.

Stop in any time, but we have a special book launch, reprinting “Wilbur Loveland’s Letters to Hannah” at 2:30, with special visitor Civil War re-enactor Harlan Berger.

Wilbur Loveland, from Lamar, served in the Union Army for the duration of the war, and wrote home to his wife Hannah. Each letter describes his experiences and names fellow soldiers from Clinton County. Jeanne and Max Confer, Loveland descendants, transcribed the letters and donated the collection to the Historical Society. The books will have a special sale price of $15 at the open house.

Also on sale at the special holiday price of $20 is a reprint of “Historic Lock Haven” showcasing the 19th Century homes and businesses in vintage photography and newspaper clips. It’s a valuable collection of the history of our city. You can reserve a copy in advance by calling or emailing us at info@clintonpahistory.org.

The Annual Membership meeting with election of Board Members will be on Sunday, Jan. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. We’ll give an update of 2019 and what’s ahead for 2020. Joby Topper will speak on the history of LHU. Come enjoy refreshments and friendship.

“Giving Tuesday” donation opportunity is already on Facebook! Here’s another chance to help us continue our mission to collect, preserve and share the history of Clinton County. Thank you to Jo Anne Hoberman, Shanna Drake, Robin Miller and Alyssa Crissman who have already made donations.

We have a wish list of supplies listed on Amazon. Use this link if you can’t find the items at a local store: https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/20TBGTXOEIJF8/ref=smi–ext–lnk–lcl–cl

Welcome new members Susan Butler and Abby, Tiffany Bowmaster, Joel Long and William Mincer. We are gratified that all City Councilmen are members of CCHS!

Thank you to the following businesses for their 2020 sponsorship as of this writing: Second Sunday Sponsor The Bus Stops Here, Suzanne Edwards DDS, Lea Ann Plessinger CPA, Diversified Asset Planners, Partnership B&B, Snowiss, Steinberg and Faulkner, The Express, Pine Mountain Dental, Roberts Miceli LLP, APC, Woodlands Bank, Susquehanna Transit, Lock Haven Plumbing and Heating and C. Watkins and Associates, Inc. Please patronize and thank our supporters in the business community.


Scattered throughout our collection are many items related to the canals in and around Lock Haven.

We have photos of both the canals and the moveable footbridges over the waterways. We have maps detailing the path of the Bald Eagle Canal through Lock Haven passing just east of Jay Street to the river.

Books as well as magazines and news articles describe both the construction and importance of the transportation system to the economic growth of Lock Haven.

We have conch shells used by the boatmen to signal their approach to the canal locks. The Ice House at the Heisey contains remnants of the canals and the tools used in the lumber industry which was dependent on the canals from the 1830s through 1889.

In 1889, a massive flood sank any boat trapped in the canal and filled the canal beds with sediment.

Although the Bald Eagle Canal did reopen, the last boat came through in 1892.

The locks for which Lock Haven was named and the numerous sawmills which lined its side soon disappeared from the city’s landscape.

We will be closed to the public from Dec.13 to Jan. 15. Our annual meeting will still occur on January 12. We’ll be monitoring mail, email and phone calls but will not be giving tours.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!


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