December 12, 2014

Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County presents:
Dickens of a Christmas Open House

December 12, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Historic Clark House and Armory Building

Inspiring Holiday Music performed by
Indiana High School Madrigal Singers, 7 p.m.
Indiana Community Choir, 7:45 p.m.

Refreshments, carol singing around the pump organ, and holiday decorations courtesy of Evergreen Garden Club

Free admission
Call (724) 463-9600 or email for more information



November 1, 2014

Book signing by Author Ruthanne McCunn.

1:00 pm in the Historical Museum.

Ruthanne Lum McCunn is a writer of Chinese and Scottish descent whose award-winning work has been translated into eleven languages, published in twenty-two countries, and adapted for the stage and film. Her latest book, Chinese Yankee: A True Story from the U.S. Civil War, tells the story of Hong Kong born Thomas Sylvanus (Ah Yee Way), an orphan brought to America for schooling in the mid-1850s, but enslaved in Baltimore.




October 16, 2014

The Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County 
invites you to their Annual Meeting Featuring
An Original 1930s Radio Drama: Ghost Town Tales

Join us on October 16th, 6:00 pm at the Indiana Country Club. Dinner will be followed by an exciting interactive 1930s-style radio program involving local ghost stories and odd Indiana happenings. 

Written by: Mary Jo Bowes

Featuring: Local Radio Personality Bill Otto 

$40 per person, send or call in reservations by October 10th
Phone: 724-463-9600

December 13, 2013

Christmas Open House at the Historical Society from 6-9 p.m.

October 17, 2013

Annual Meeting & Mystery Game Dinner, Morte del 'italiano (Death of the Italian)

The Historical Society will hold its third annual mystery dinner and 75th annual meeting on Thursday, October 17 at 6 p.m., Indiana Country Club, $40 per person. A buffet dinner will be served, and $20 of the cost is tax deductible. Diners will be given clues to a local mystery. Prizes will be given. Phone the Historical Society for more information, 724-349-9600, or email . Reservations accepted thru October 11.

September 16, 2013

One Hundred Years of Fashion in Indiana County 
Indiana Free Library
6 p.m. - Questions and Answers
7 p.m. - Program

Free and open to the public

Katie Gaudreau, Public Historian with the Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, will present a program documenting fashion trends from 1850 to 1950 featuring pieces from the Society's historical clothing collection. Gowns, undergarments, and accessories, along with photographs, will be on display which document that Indiana County women had access to fashionable items despite their relatively remote location.

May 18, 2013

The sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, John T. Crawford, with the support of the Indiana County Tourist Bureau and the Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, have come together for the purpose of honoring the approximately 2,800 Indiana County Civil War veterans.

The ceremony will take the form of a life-size statue of a Civil War private atop a barn stone base. The memorial will be placed in the front lawn of the Silas M. Clark House. In the traditional style of the Grand Army of the Republic, a cornerstone-laying ceremony for the base of the Rest on Arms Civil War memorial is planned for May 18 at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will take place on the front lawn of the Silas Clark House in Indiana. State Senator Don White, Indiana, will be the keynote speaker. A reception will follow.


May 11, 2013

Got old stuff and wonder what it's worth? Bring it to our Historical Museum, 621 Wayne Avenue, Indiana on Saturday, May 11, 2013, between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. Three people knowledgeable in antiques will be available to evaluate your treasures and estimate their value. Scrounge through that attic or basement and join us for some fun. Spectators of all ages are welcome at no cost. Pre-registration is encouraged. 

Evaluations and appraisals will be done by Jeffrey Rouse, Royce Walters, and Audrey McNutt (dolls). Limit is two items. Cost is $5 per item for evaluation for those who pre-register, or $10 at the door. Cost is $15 for written appraisals (available only from Jeffrey Rouse) for those who pre-register, or $20 at the door.

To pre-register, phone 724-463-9600, or email, with the following information:

Your Name:________________________________    Phone: ____________________________

Brief description of your "Old Stuff" (limit 2 items):


___Expert Evaluation ($5 per item)                    ___ Written Professional Appraisal ($15 per item)


May, 2012

Program Review
by Katie Gaudreau

On Saturday, May 19th the society held it’s “Old Stuff, What’s It Worth?” event at the armory building. For three hours, Jeff Rouse and Royce Walters gave estimates on various antiques that their owners hoped might be valuable. Over forty people attended the event, bringing items that ranged from works of art, pieces of china, furniture, and textiles. A few items of note were an end table made of beautiful polished wood with artwork on the face, a gorgeous waterfront scene painting belonging to volunteer Maggie Pesci, and Dick Cassel’s 74-year-old teddy bear that was in remarkably good shape.


Back row: Program Committee Members Sandy Williams and Erma Conrad,
Volunteer Maggie Pesci, PR Volunteer Katie Graudreau. 
Front row: Volunteer appraisers Royce Walters and Jeff Rouse.

It was fun to see what everyone brought in—a queen sized hand-woven bedspread for example, but more amazing was that both Jeff and Royce were fountains of knowledge not only about the items, but on the history surrounding particular artists or artifacts.

On leaving the armory, some people were a little disappointed that their treasure had little monetary value, while others were pleasantly (or very pleasantly) surprised at the amount their antique could draw at auction. In both cases, knowing the story behind a treasured item was a primary goal, and the sentimental significance often outweighed the amount of money it was worth. Overall, the event was extremely successful in bringing much needed funding for museum programs. Many thanks go to Program Committee chair Dick Cassel and committee members Sandra Williams, Marjory Lynn, and Erma Conrad with the help of Coleen Chambers, Joanne McQuilkin, and Katie Gaudreau. Good job on a fun and prosperous event.


May, 2011