Volume Seven Issue Seven November 2022
  • Genealogy Library & Family Files
  • Research Library
  • 13,000 catalogued photos & local postcards
  • Museum Exhibits
  • Public Events
  • Website: joycetice.com/histcent.htm
  • Open T W Th 11 Am to 3 PM or anytime we are here, which is most of the time.
  • Stop in for a visit
It's Our Tenth Anniversary in Mansfield
Director- Joyce M. Tice: President - Steve McCloskey: V.P - Kathy McQuaid
Thanksgiving Menu 1941 - Hickam Field A.F.B., Oahu
Some Chow! Boy oh boy!
That's the comment written by George Osmer Crippen on the menu for the meal he, his brother, Creig, and other members of the U. S. Air Force were served on that Thanksgiving Day, 27 November 1941.

Ten days later, the Japanese bombed the base, other military bases on the island of Oahu, and the ships in Pearl Harbor. But that was all in the future then and interfered in no way to the enjoyment if that meal.

George (1919-2017) and Creig (1918-2009) Crippen grew up in and around Roseville and Elmira, and both graduated from Mansfield High School in 1936 and 1937. Both men joined the military and stayed in for their career.

George married and had several children while Creig remained single all his life.
George's obituary gives us the following : "He was born in Elmira, New York on December 29, 1919 and was a Senior Master Sergeant (Retired) serving in the United States Air Force for 27 years. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. He served in WW II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He also earned 3 Oak Clusters and flew 114 missions. 

Creig also spent his career in the military, but we do not have his obituary. He wrote home to his father extensively all through the World War II, and turned over the collection of those letters to a military museum. He had also given us copies but not the right to publish them.

It's amazing to me that our little museum in a small town has an artifact like this in our collection. Thanks to the Crippens.

It's sad to think of the many people who shared that Thanksgiving Day in Hawaii who never had one again.
George and Creig Crippen in 2006 when they visited Joyce's Sullivan Township Barn Museum.

A New (to us) View of the Great Mansfield Fair
Newspaper Row
The Mansfield Advertiser, The Covington Sun, The Tioga Argus and more line up to sell subscriptions at the fair.

Postcard by Nelson Caulkins

New to the Collections
1886 Fiddleback Singer
Donated by Donna Lackman of Florida, this florally decorated Singer is from 1886 - Fiddleback - mid production 1868-1900 - #7443132.
It's a beautiful little machine.

Pennsylvania Volunteers
Many thanks to Joan Curren Peterson for donating the five volume History of Pennsylvania Volunteers 1861-1865 by Samuel Bates

Upcoming Events
We are open noon to 3 T, W, Th or by appointment or any time we are here (which is most of the time). Masks encouraged.

We've been very pleased to see the High School Reunions resume after two years of absence. This year, we hosted several, and we are looking forward to more in 2023. Let us know when your class will be gathering, and we will make sure our doors are open to welcome you back home. If you've been here before, expect to see even more now.
MHS Class Reunions
After two long Pandemic years, we hope that the High School reunions can start again. If you are planning a reunion, consider a casual afternoon Meet & Greet at the History Center's Museum of Us. In an informal environment, you can chat with your friends, watch a slide show of Mansfield's historic photos, and find traces of yourself, your friends, and your family. Many of our exhibits are geared to those who grew up here. The Blue & Gold Room is full of MHS sports mementos. The pictorial display includes YOU along with all the other MHS graduates in its first hundred years.
Update on Our Renovations
Our outside work is very nearly complete: Siding, Stairs, Porch and sidewalks. This 174-year-old building is looking great thanks to Matt Neal and his crew and the community members who chipped in to financially support our upgrades.

Special thanks to Jim Davies and Mary Robinson-Slabey who tore out the old lath and plaster to get the project started. That was the hardest part of the work.

Be sure to visit our new genealogy-history library. Started on the inside in spring 2019, we are completed on the outside in fall 2022.
Growing With YOUR Help!!!
Your Town, Your Ancestors, Your History
For the New Year. Consider a gift membership. Members will receive our 40 page printed journal by mail 3 to 4 times a year with new articles that have never been researched before and outstanding photos to illustrate. Share your love of the Mansfield area with your friends and family.
Why do we ask for donations in every newsletter? Because we have to.
It's the only way we can continue offering our important services to the community.
Your help will make it possible.
The next issue of Voices from the Archives is in preparation. It will be forty pages of articles about the lives and activities of our town. Be sure your membership is current, so you don't miss any.
Membership- Renew for 2023
Annual memberships are an important part of keeping us operating. Please consider a new or renewed membership.

Members receive four to six issues annually of our printed journal Voices From the Archives.

Membership dollars are an important part of our operating resource. Be sure to renew your membership for 2023 or become a new member. A renewal card will be included in the next journal which will be mailed this month.
Annual Membership Levels
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Individual $35
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Business Level $100
Lifetime $500
MHS Class Memorial $200

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Thank You to Our Gold Level Sponsors
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Thank You to Our Silver Level Sponsors
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