Ghostly Tours at Baker Mansion October 14, 15, 21, and 22, 2016 - 8 p.m. to Midnight Admission: $7 Per Person
Back by popular demand: We're pleased to announce that Ghostly Tours at Baker Mansion are back! Starting October 14, we will offer tours at specific times for two weekends only! This year's theme is Iron Hurst. Dare to be Scared? Visit Iron Hurst this Halloween season with Zombies, Clowns, and Ghosts Galore! Proceeds benefit the non-profit Blair County Historical Society. If you visit, here's what to expect: - Tours occur every 15 Minutes. Ages 13 and older are suggested. - Admission is $7.00 per person for all ages, with proceeds benefiting the Baker Mansion History Museum. - Tours will be about 45 minutes. Groups will not be larger than 20 people. Performances will be done by local actors and volunteers. - Tickets will be available at the door but may go quickly. Tickets are sold by time slots on our Museum Shop page as well. - Concessions will be for sale, benefiting Altoona Avengers: Girls Soccer Team.
Ghost Hunts and Tales at Baker Mansion October 29 - 8 p.m. to 4a.m. SOLD OUT
Join the investigators of JABA Paranormal of Altoona, PA as they conduct a lock down investigation at the historic Baker Mansion on Saturday October 29, 2016. The investigations run from 8pm to 4am. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. A very limited number of spots are available for this unique opportunity to explore the mansion after hours, so sign up soon! Please Note that there are no refunds. All fees collected are donated to the non-profit Blair County Historical Society.
There will be no alcohol during the investigation. No one under the influence of alcohol will be permitted in the lock down. Anyone under age 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult. ID will be required to attend. Please bring a small flashlight with you. All are welcomed to bring any investigative equipment with you that you may have such as cameras, voice recorders, etc. Act soon and purchase your tickets here!
Annual Society Dinner and Awards Ceremony November 4, 2016 at the Casino at Lakemont Park Dinner tickets are $30 per person
We cordially invite you to this year’s Blair County Historical Society Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony to be held on November 4, 2016 at the Casino at Lakemont Park. We are celebrating our 110th Anniversary! Please join us for a social hour and cash bar starting at 5:30PM. Dinner will be served at 6:30PM with our annual heritage award ceremony, society membership meeting, and program to follow. This year’s dinner menu will be the Casino’s roast chicken dinner with dessert. We hope you are able to attend this year’s event as we collectively celebrate the past year’s accomplishments in the heritage community. Please RSVP by November 1st. Thank you for your continued support and dedication. Please click the downloadable form to reserve your seats! Visit our Awards page for more information!
Remembering Pearl Harbor - The 75th Anniversary December 7, 2016 at 7p.m. Admission: Free but donations accepted
This year, the United States remembers the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into World War II. Baker Mansion will mark that anniversary with a presentation by James Lowe titled “Remembering Pearl Harbor.” Mr. Lowe has been a long-time collector of World War II memorabilia and will discuss the history of the event and how the country used the event to rally the war effort of the United States. He will have artifacts from his personal collection on display.
Lowe first traveled to Pearl Harbor as a sophomore in high school and has collected artifacts from the war for most of his adult life. He was a contributor to the book Remember Pearl Harbor. Mr. Lowe teaches American History at Altoona Area High School and is Vice-president of the Blair County Historical Society. The presentation will be at 7pm at Baker Mansion on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, the anniversary of the attack. Admission is free but donations are appreciatively accepted.
Heritage Holidays Tours at Baker Mansion December 2-3, 9-10, and 16-17, 2016 - 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission: $7 Per Person
Regional Historical Societies Host “Christmas Through the Counties” This holiday season, three esteemed historical institutions welcome the general public to experience Victorian Christmas Celebrations in unique style. The Blair, Cambria, and Centre County Historical Societies—each of which operate local historic house museums—are partnering to host colorful yuletide events at their respective sites in Altoona, State College, and Ebensburg. Visitors who visit all three county historical societies the weekend of December 2-4 and get a Holiday Passport stamped will receive a free one year membership to all three organizations. The free passport can be obtained at any of the three sites that weekend as well as their organizations’ websites. (See the image below.)
The Baker Mansion History Museum in Altoona, home of the Blair County Historical Society, will be hosting Heritage Holiday Tours December 2-3, 9-10, and 16-17, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $7 per person. The historic 1840s home will feature period appropriate decorations emblematic of the Victorian era. Visitors will be welcomed to free refreshments and photographs with Santa amidst the society’s new exhibit space on Altoona’s iconic Gable’s Department Store. Guests will also be able to browse new exhibits and orientation films as seasonal music graces the historic hallways. In addition, the site’s new museum shop will be open with an abundance of gifts and local specialty items for history buffs. The mansion is located at 3419 Oak Lane in Altoona. Call 814-942-3916 or visit www.blairhistory.org for more information.
Meanwhile, join the Cambria County Historical Society for its two Holiday Open Houses and Gingerbread Contest for Kids. Rules and prizes for the Gingerbread Contest can be found at www.cambriacountyhistorical.com. Prizes are provided by Sheetz. The gingerbread exhibit will begin on Friday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also on Friday will be an Evening Open House at the A. W. Buck House at 6:30 p.m. following the downtown Tree Lighting ceremony in Kimball Park. Following the Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 3 the Holiday Open House (from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.) will feature a Woman’s Civil War group, a special toy exhibit, and a basket raffle at 2 p.m. For more information call 814-472-6674. Admission is free. The A. W. Buck House is located at 615 North Center Street in Ebensburg.
Finally, Join the Centre County Historical Society for their Stocking Stuffer Antiques, Art and Fine Craft Sale at Centre Furnace Mansion in State College. The event features the hand-crafted work of local artisans and fine antiques by local dealers creating a unique indoor showcase featuring over fifty vendors. The sale has unique gifts of all kinds available for purchase. Find regionally-made pottery, fine artwork, antique and vintage collectibles, jewelry, photography, holiday wreaths and arrangements, and a treasure trove of handmade crafts. Enjoy shopping in this festively decorated Victorian ambiance. The $5 admission includes hot cider and desserts. Proceeds benefit Centre County Historical Society. Hours are December 2-3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and December 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at 1001 East College Avenue in State College. Call 814-234-4779 or visit www.centrehistory.org for more information.
While the bulk of activities take place the first weekend in December, Baker Mansion will be open the first three weekends of the month on Friday and Saturday evenings. Other times for Centre Furnace tours are 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Other hours for the Buck House are Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Fridays 10 a.m. to 4pm; Thursdays 1 p.m. to 8p.m.; and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The events seek to offer residents of the central Pennsylvania region the opportunity to explore local historic sites in the tri-county area.
PRINT OUT THE PASSPORT SHEET BELOW TO MAKE USE OF THE "CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE COUNTIES" OFFER!
Easter Egg Hunt at Baker Mansion Coming April 2017
Civil War Weekend at Royer Mansion Coming May 6-7, 2017
World War II Victory Weekend Coming June 2017
Mansion Photo Courtesy Chris Letherland.
Concerts on the Lawn at Baker Mansion Coming Summer 2017
Baker Boulevard Community Yard Sale Coming August 2017
Vintage Car Cruise-In at Baker Mansion Coming Fall 2017
Returning Fall 2017
Event Photo Gallery
Blair County Historical Society Physical Site: Baker Mansion 3419 Oak Lane Altoona, PA 16602