The Tyrone Area Historical Society is located in central Pennsylvania. Founded in 1990, the Society is committed to the stories of Tyrone, Snyder Township, Warriors Mark and Sinking Valley in Blair and Huntingdon counties. Our mission is to encourage the community to preserve and share the unique history of Tyrone and the surrounding communities.
Several new displays have been added at the Tyrone History Museum.
- Many items telling the story of the Gardner Guards Drum and Bugle Corps and its historical significance to Tyrone.
- A photo exhibit of the razing of the 10th St Railroad bridge and some artifacts collected from the site.
- Advertising memorabilia from Tyrone stores.
- Artifacts related to the local iron industry
- Military effects of Tyrone native Clarence E. Frantz, a radio operator in the Army Air Corps during World War II. His plane was shot down over Burma, but the plane and the remains of the crew were not discovered until 2001. Frantz's campaign ribbons, Air Medal, Purple Heart and other items are on display.
Many items from Tyrone's past can be seen in other exhibits at the Tyrone History Museum during regular hours throughout the summer.
New Uses for Old Buildings
Two significant buildings within the Tyrone Historic District. The PA National Guard Armory and the Elks Building, both located along Logan Avenue, are being revitalized.
The Armory, built in 1912 and vacated in 2010, will serve as a recreation center under the direction of Jim Kilmartin, Executive Director of Joshua House.
The Elks building was completed in 1928; it was occupied by the Tyrone-Snyder Public Library from 1976 t0 2003. Since then, it has been used by the Tyrone Community Players for storage and practice space. The Players are now completely renovating the first floor to create a small theater.
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