We've got questions . . .

Our collection of items, documents, newspapers and photographs are an excellent research tool. We use it almost everyday to respond to questions that come to us from the community, and this often generates a few questions of our own.

Our current research projects include:

  • The 60th anniversary of the Women's Club of Tyrone
  • The development of the Tyrone Hospital over the last 100 years
  • The story of Tyrone's World War I monument (the Doughboy)
  • The archaeological remains of the Walter L. Main Circus Train wreck
  • The story of African-Americans in the Tyrone area
  • Documenting all the items in our collection

We are also engaged in an ongoing effort to build a computerized catalog of all the items in our collection, so we can ask (and answer!) even MORE questions!

 

. . . And some others may have answers to YOUR research questions!

The headquarters of the Blair County Historical Society is located in the former home of ironmaster Elias Baker -- it's worth a visit there just to see that amazing house! Founded in 1906, BCHS has an extensive collection relating to the people and places of Blair County.

Blair County Historical Society

3419 Oak Lane

Altoona  PA  16602

814-942-3916

 

Wondering about your ancestors? The Blair County Genealogical Society is the place to start. Founded in 1979, they have one of the best archival research facilities in central Pennsylvania, with knowledgeable volunteers to help you. They also offer free programs and workshops.

Blair County Genealogical Society

431 Scotch Valley Rd

Hollidaysburg PA  16648

814-696-3492

 

The Bellwood-Antes Historical Society is a relatively new group that meets monthly at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library in Bellwood. For more information, call 814-684-4884.

 

Before there was a Blair County, the Tyrone area was part of Huntingdon County, and before that, Bedford County, so if you're looking for information about the early history of the area, plan to visit our neighbors.

Huntingdon County Historical Society

814-643-5449

 

Bedford County Historical Society (formerly, the Pioneer Historical Society)

814-623-2011

 

Centre County Historical Society

814-234-4779

 

814 . 234 . 4779
814 . 234 . 4779
814 . 234 . 4779

Centre County Genealogical Society

 

And don't forget to check out your local library; most have local history collections that can be very useful, as well as connections to other libraries and research facilities.

Tyrone-Snyder Public Library

1000 Pennsylvania Avenue

Tyrone PA  16686

814-684-1133

 

Altoona Area Public Library

1600 5th Ave

Altoona, PA 16602

814-946-0417

 

Schlow Centre Region Library

211 S Allen St

State College PA  16801

814-237-6236

 

There are also many digital collections available online that often have full-text, searchable and even downloadable copies of historical resources.

PA's Past: Digital Bookshelf offers many books and documents from the libraries of Penn State University related to the history of the Commonwealth; if you're not an archivist or a librarian, you may find it intimidating, but stick with it (use the search features for particular names and topics) -- there are treasures here!

The USGenWeb Archives have thousands of pages of user-submitted documents.

Good luck!

 

Meet our Doughboy

Doughboy

 

 

Many towns have a World War I memorial similar to ours here in Tyrone which features this statue of a charging "Doughboy." We'd like to know more about this particular form of the statue.  If your town has one like this, please zip a note off to our researcher, Bob Dollar, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  He is trying to build a database of statues with this particular pose.

Wilson Chemical Co. Prints

The Wilson Chemical Company of Tyrone, Pennsylvania was the maker of Cloverine Salve, a popular unguent of the early 20th century, as well as other products from 1895-1985. The company recruited its sales force through magazine ads. In a unique marketing campaign, each customer who bought a one-ounce tin of Cloverine also received a four-color lithograph. The Wilson family commissioned artists to produce the paintings, many unsigned, exclusively for the company. The prints could only be acquired from the Wilson Company. The prints were produced in the company's print shop in Tyrone. Popular topics were animals, children, women, nature and religious images.

Customers often framed and displayed the prints in their homes. According to Mrs. G. C. Wilson III, "the marketing practice was stopped [about 1970] due to prohibitive costs. Pictures frequently turn up at flea markets and some antique shops . . . I can put no value on the pictures."

For more information, visit the Wilson Chemical Co. Collections on Facebook.

We are grateful to our original website manager, Charlie Hoyer, for compiling images of prints from both the Society's collection and from other collectors into this comprehensive gallery. You can also browse the gallery.

Animals, animals with people

American Indians

Certificates

Historical, patriotic

Landscapes and seascapes

Religious

Seasons and holidays

Still life

Women, children

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