Volume Eight Issue One February 2023
  • 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
Director- Joyce M. Tice: President - Steve McCloskey: V.P - Kathy McQuaid
Found in the Attic
The New Era feed mill was built in the 1880s on the north bank of Corey Creek on North Main Street by Sherwood and Flower. Ownership over the years passed to Kingsley, Schrader and others.

Among the last owners when the mill closed in the late 1960s was Clifford “Red” Tomlinson. He and his wife, Reva, operated the mill, and Reva made sure she had saved and used many examples of the floral print feed sacks that were popular and available in the 1930s and 1940s. In the depression, getting fabric that could be used for clothing, household items and decoration was a bonus and made an otherwise disposable container a useful commodity. When buying feed, it was important to get several matching print bags, so there would be enough for the intended use. These are now collectible and highly prized by collectors.

The old mill was razed in about 1969-70. Corey Creek, that once flowed next to it, was directed underground as part of flood control.
Recently Kim Tomlinson of Mansfield was cleaning out the attic of her father-in-law, Donald Tomlinson, son of Clifford and Reva, and found several old floral printed feed sacks that Reva had saved. She salvaged the best of the material and made a quilt in honor of Donald’s 91st birthday this month. She presented it to The History Center in Donald's honor. The quilt displays several of the prints that were available in feed sack fabric. She also found a dress Reva had made and worn using feed sack fabric and donated that as well.

These are on exhibit at The Museum of Us, 61 N. Main Street, Mansfield.
Photo Above: Terry, Kim and Donald Tomlinson with Feed sack quilt and dress of Reva McCaslin Tomlinson. Donald is the son of Reva McCaslin and Clifford Tomlinson.
Save the Day: March 4, 2:00 P.M. at The History Center
National Women's Month : Outstanding Local Women
On March 4, we will be presenting a program about three outstanding women with local origins from different periods of time whose achievements were memorable.

Martha Ann Dartt, A.K.A. Mrs. Maxwell, from Charleston Township broke new paths in discoveries and studies in natural science. She even had a sub-species of owl named for her. She established a national reputation and exhibited her work at the Centennial Exhibition in 1876 in Philadelphia.

Margaret Williamson (stage name Margaret Adams) of Mansfield graduated from our local schools and established a career in music and theater, opera, Broadway, and even movies. She maintained her friendships throughout her life with the people she grew up with in our town.

Helen Dieffenbach Lutes spent her career in college physical education in Mansfield and left a legacy of supporting the roles and opportunities of women in athletics.

Join us March 4 to hear about these remarkable women.
The History Center Library
By Linda Rashidi
The History Center on Main Street has a well-stocked library of books, both old and new. Our collection includes: Histories of Pennsylvania and surrounding states; Military History; Genealogy; Fiction; Women’s Studies; Biography; Best Short Stories Series; Fashion; Catalogues from different eras; Yearbooks from local schools—and much more.
One of our most fascinating collections is of Prize-winning short story annuals dating from the 1910s to the present. We have extensive collections of both Best American Short Stories (BASS) and O. Henry Prize Stories. But we also have a few scattered volumes of: The Pushcart Prize, The Editors’ Choice, & The Breadloaf Anthology. The prize-winners for a year give a brief picture of what was valued at that time in terms of literary excellence and the topics and ethos of the era, as well as the language used in both dialogue and prose narrative. Some of this language is shocking to our modern ears, some terms and their past meanings are perplexing, and even the grammar shows us how language is alive and ever-changing.

Dipping into the 1948 BASS collection, we find an emphasis on dark, absurdist stories by famous authors such as Paul Bowles and Eudora Welty. By 1966, the stories that made the collection tend more toward small snapshots of life that capture an era with its transistor radios, young women experiencing their first taste of “freedom,” and men navigating the world outside their hometowns. Though nothing much happens in these stories, they give the reader a glimpse of life at this time of societal change. By 1981, the prize-winning stories in the O. Henry Awards series are by authors that are current household names—John Irving, Cynthia Ozick, Alice Walker—and the topics and themes deal with social issues: abortion, the horrors of the Vietnam War, racial violence, and gentrification.
Our Library is open any time the History Center is open. We invite you to stop by to browse, dip into volumes, do research, or just sit and read. We can search our database if you are looking for some specific book or topic. You can also check out a volume on loan to take with you.
Let us know what you think of our newsletters or just drop us a note to tell us about you and your family's time in Mansfield. We want to hear from you at histcent83@gmail.com
Renewed Members - New Members - Join us for 2023
At The History Center, we rely on the support of the community to do what we do in collecting, preserving, analyzing and presenting the stories of our town and its people. Every membership dollar is valuable for us. Some of our members have been with us from the very beginning in 2012 and 2013, and new people join us every year.

Membership dollars keep our building operating and allow us to stay in touch with members and non-members alike who care about Mansfield area history and appreciate the opportunity to see themselves and their families represented as part of the community. We also present Mansfield as a thriving community to visitors who drive through and stop in to see what Mansfield is about. We provide a gathering place for people to celebrate and learn about our town and each other.

Our 40-page quarterly journal which is mailed to members, tells the stories of some outstanding and some ordinary citizens like us who played a role here. In some cases, they get the chance to tell their own stories to a new audience through our Voices from the Archives.
We'd like to have twenty new members for 2023. As a bonus, we'll send each of them a journal issue from 2022 in addition to the 2023 issues as they are published. You can send a check or pay by PayPal. Directions link from the button at left.
Thanks also to our members who renew for another year. If you are due for renewal, your card is in the latest journal mailed in November.
You've thought about it. Now's the time.
Upcoming Events: Your Suggestions
In March, we are planning an event for Womens History Month highlighting women from our area's past who have engaged in career or activities usually out of the reach of the norm for her time. We'd like to hear your suggestions of women who meet that criteria. Let us know by email who you suggest and what they did that makes you consider them. Thanks histcent83@gmail.com
Regular Hours
Note for December - The History Center will be closed from mid-December until January 2nd. If you need to communicate, please do it by email to histcent83@gmail.com. Enjoy your holidays.

Normal Hours: 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 icomplete: 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 with financial support.

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
Family $50
Individual $35
Senior (Over 65) $25
Business Level $100
Lifetime $500
MHS Class Memorial $200

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Thank You to Our Gold Level Sponsors
Ward Manufacturing
Law Offices of Larry Mansfield
First Citizens Community Bank
VFW Post 6757
Mansfield Auxiliary Corporation
Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Lutes Foundation
Thank You to Our Silver Level Sponsors
Real Disposal Service
UGI Utilities, Inc.
Blue Ridge Cable
Matt Neal Construction
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