Activities and News
The Bedford County Historical Society WILL be open on Saturday, April 18th from 9am until 2 pm. Come in and see us!
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30th Annual History Banquet
April 25, 2015
The Bedford County Historical Society will be holding its Annual History Banquet on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 6:00 pm at the Hall at Kinton`s Knob (BCHS, 2nd floor). Ron Morgan will be speaking about “History of Broad Top Area”, and we will be honoring Wayne Fluke as the Historian of the Year for his restoration of the Caboose at the Everett Train Station.
Born in New Grenada, Fulton County, Ron Morgan grew up in Robertsdale, Huntingdon County. A 1965 graduate of Tussey Mountain High School, Morgan served in the U.S. Army from 1966-70 (including a tour of duty in Vietnam 1968-69). Morgan prepared himself for his newspaper and photography careers by enrolling in courses with the U.S. Armed Forces Educational Services, the Career Institute, Mundelein, Illinois; and the Pennsylvania State University, Altoona, campus. He is a semi-retired writer and photographer with the Huntingdon Daily News, where he began his duties in 1971. Also wrote for the former Bedford County Press, Everett; and The Daily Press, Newport News-Hampton, Virginia. He currently writes news and feature columns for The Daily News and Broad Top Bulletin, as well as the Bedford County Shoppers Guide in which he writes a weekly historical column. He also wrote and co-wrote numerous local history books with the late Broad Top area historian Jon Baughman, including Morgan`s latest publication, “When Coal was King: the Robertsdale Story”. Morgan is one of the founders of the nonprofit Broad Top Area Coal Miners Historical Society which was organized in 1990 and has served as its president since that time. The society owns and operates a museum in Robertsdale. Since the mid 1970s Morgan has been involved in a number of historic preservation projects and activities and tourist promotion efforts in Huntingdon and Bedford counties and the Broad Top area.
The topic of Morgan`s presentation will be “The Broad Top Story”, which briefly outlines the early years of the coal mining and railroading area. The Broad Top is situated in the corners of Bedford, Fulton and Huntingdon Counties in south central Pennsylvania. Although coal mining and iron-making existed on the Broad Top during the late 1800s, the region`s history dates back to the time of the American Revolution. Coal mining began on the mountain in the early 1800s and blossomed with the chartering of the Huntingdon and Broad Top Mountain Railroad in 1852, and the East Broad Top Railroad in 1874. Coal mining peaked during World War I and slipped into a decline thereafter. Deep mining was replaced by surface mining in the 1950s.
Tickets are $25 each. For tickets or more information, contact the Society at (814)623-2011, email email@example.com, or stop in at 6441 Lincoln Hwy, Bedford.
Pioneer Lineage Volumes 1-5
Have Indexes on the Website
These books have the lineages of some of the early settlers of Bedford County, Pennsylvania. The books can be found in the “Store ” on the Menu.