Blair County Historical Society [PA]
The Blair County Historical Society seeks to preserve and share the history of Blair County, Pennsylvania. The society operates a museum with period rooms and exhibits on the early iron industry, transportation, medicine, military history, toys, geology, and education. The museum is housed in the Baker Mansion. This home was occupied by iron master Elias Baker and his family beginning circa 1836. Other sites operated by the society include the Royer Mansion, previously owned by another iron master; the Dick Schoolhouse; and Etna Furnace. The Blair County Historical Society holds a collection approaching 100,000 artifacts. The major period covered is 1850 through the 1920's. The collection includes a wide variety of items depicting everyday life, including clothing and accessories, furniture, household appliances, toys, china, ceramics and glassware, lighting devices, and tools. Other categories include firearms and military relics, medical tools and equipment, transportation artifacts, rocks and minerals, and material from local schools and businesses.
The society offers a traveling trunk focused on mid19thcentury daily life; Royer Mansion tours; Baker Mansion tours; a museum exhibits; research library; and archives.