Volume Three | Issue 6  May 2018
Volume Three  Issue Six     May 2018
The History Center on Main Street
83 and 61 North Main Street
Mansfield, PA 16933
The Museum of Us
Announcing Expanded Summer Hours
Beginning May 19th and continuing through September we will have The Museum of Us at 61 North Main Street open from noon to 4 PM. This is in addition to our T W Th hours at The History Center.

As well as our exhibits, we will also show various films or classes on historical or genealogical subjects. We might also show some of our collection of very early cartoons from the 1920s and 30s. On the 19th of May we have tentatively scheduled a film about investigative journalist Nellie Bly in Ten Days in an Asylum in which she exposed the horrible treatment of patients in 1887. We'll also show a film about the Orphan Trains that took children from the cities to homes in the rural area farms. They will be shown at 1 PM and 2:30 PM.

If your family is from the area, you can see what we have in our genealogy database about them.
Yard Sale May 12th 8 AM to noon or so at 61 N. Main St.
This is a fund raiser for the History Center. If you have items to donate for us to sell, you can drop them off early Saturday or call 570-250-9829 to arrange to drop them off earlier this week.
Sprucing Up the Museum with our Rte 6 Façade Improvement Grant
The Museum of Us will be so pretty now that we have been awarded a grant to spruce up the outside of the building. This includes new signage designed by Tony Cooper at The Sign Shop. The sign will be above the new red matching doors at the front of the building. People will know we are here now. We'll also have new paint and other exterior improvements.

This building was erected in 1849 as the original Methodist Church. It has been used by three other congregations since and was even a furniture store for a short time way back in the late 1870s. It is one of the oldest and most historically important buildings in town having been the site of the first discussions on starting a seminary. That 1857 seminary evolved into Mansfield University.

To take full advantage of this opportunity we need $5000 in donations to match the $5000 from the grant. This is not only an enhancement for us, but also for Mansfield's Main Street. When the buildings look good, the town looks good.

Please consider contributing to make our facelift possible.
Checks can be mailed to:
The History Center on Main Street
83 North Main Street, Mansfield PA 16933
Or you can donate via PayPal or Credit Card from the button below

We also need volunteers to help with the work. Scraping paint builds muscle. Call us at 570-250-9829 to volunteer.

We are a 501c3 corporation, so donations are tax deductible and we will send you a receipt.
New Doors
New Signage
New Paint
New Windows

Please Help Make Mansfield's Historic Building Better
Upcoming Events
The First Baptist Church of Mansfield will celebrate the 175th anniversary of its founding in June this year.
Bruce Dart tells us some of the early history in this video.
Recent Deaths
Donna Zenger Peffer MHS Class of 1952

Sheila Brown Crittenden MHS Class of 1953

Upcoming Reunions

So far we know of two reunions this summer. If there are more scheduled, let us know so we can be part of welcoming you home with free refreshments and a chance to visit the museum.

May 18 - The MHS Class of 1962 will be in town for the memorial service of classmate John McNaney, Jr. It will be at St. James Episcopal Church with a luncheon to follow. At 2 PM the class and anyone else is invited to a presentation of Mansfield Then and Now at the Museum of Us , 61 N. Main Street. In the evening the group will meet at Corey Creek Golf Club.

August 18 - The MHS Class of 1958 will celebrate 60 years. The Museum of Us will be open that day from noon to 4 P.M. so that the class can visit us and see Mansfield as they remember it.
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The History Center on Main Street provided no goods or services in exchange for your contribution. Your contribution is deductible to the extent provided by law. The official registration and financial information of The History Center on Main Street, may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement
The History Center on Main Street, 83 N. Main Street, Mansfield PA 16933
histcent83@gmail.com 570-250-9829