Historical and Museums
Blairsville Underground Railroad
Blairsville, PA 15717
The Passport to Freedom is dedicated to the lives of brave men and women who believed that any type of slavery was wrong. At the risk of being fined and arrested, they willing aided enslaved people in their quest to find safety and freedom. As these freedom seekers traveled north through Indiana County, they were sheltered and moved from one safe place to another. The "Rescue of 1858: Newman's Escape" occurred in Blairsville and is reenacted annually. The historic marker is located just west of the bandstand near the Conemaugh River. Mailing address is 116 E. Campbell St., Blairsville, PA 15717.
Historical & Genealogical Society of Indiana County
Indiana, PA 15701
Through a broad range of activities, The Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County seeks to promote a greater appreciation of Indiana County's rich heritage and a better understanding of life today. We invite you to visit the Indiana County Historical Museum, the Indiana County Memorial to the Veterans, and the Frances Helman Research Library. You can also use our website for information and educational purposes. The Society is located in the town of Indiana, our county seat. In 1938, the Society was founded as a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization. The Society's purpose is to collect and preserve materials illustrative to Indiana County, its families, businesses, and organizations. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Historical Society of the Blairsville Area
Blairsville, PA 15717
Operated under the auspices of the Historical Society of the Blairsville Area (HSBA), the Museum was established in 1986 through the efforts of many individuals interested in preserving and promoting local heritage. Because of the Society’s efforts, Blairsville has become one of the best-documented towns in Indiana County. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 2 pm or by appointment
Homer-Center Historical Society, Inc.
Caboose-Museum North Main Street, Floodway Park
Homer City, PA 15748
The Homer-Center Historical Society displays heritage artifacts of the Homer City area in a refurbished caboose. Museum hours are seasonal.
Jimmy Stewart Museum
Indiana, PA 15701
The museum is dedicated to world renowned actor Jimmy Stewart. Located in Indiana, PA, his birthplace. Career and personal history and artifacts, 50 seat movie theatre, and Gift Shop. Winter Hours Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
John G. Schmick Heritage Center
Smicksburg, PA 16256
Local Historical Society Please Note: The Historical Society will be open beginning April 11. Thursday - Saturday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center Inc.
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center, where the science and folklore of weather come alive with fun interactive exhibits, a theater and a gift shop in an historic building! Visit www.weatherdiscovery.org for hours, admission, and direct ions. Starting July 1, 2016 the fee for the WC will be $6.00 per person, children 2 and under free. Along with their admission, visitors will receive a Savings Card for discounts at stores and restaurants in Punxsutawney.
Saltsburg Stone House Museum
Saltsburg, PA 15681
The Saltsburg Area Historical Society acquired this old stone house, built in 1830, and established it as a well-documented museum of local history, including period furnishings, artifacts, and historical records of the surrounding region. Expertly developed displays tell the story of the canal era, the local salt, glass, and coal industries, and about collections of pottery, Indian arrowheads, blacksmith’s tools, military items and memorabilia, and local residents who served as doctors, editors and educators, and inventors. In the backyard of the museum is a toolshed that contains a large variety of old farming and carpentry tools. A new feature display is developed each year for Saltsburg’s Canal Days celebration at the beginning of June. There is also a well-maintained and labeled Victorian-style public garden, planted and tended by the Saltsburg Herbal Society, that adds an interesting and beautiful outdoor experience for museum tours. The Stone House Museum is open every Wednesday throughout the year, except on holidays, from 10a.m. – 2p.m., on Sunday afternoons from 1p.m. – 5p.m. during the months of May through October, and other times by appointment.
Strongstown Homecoming & Historical Society
The Strongstown Historical Society (SHS) owns and is operates from a one-room schoolhouse in the heart of Strongstown. The SHS is working toward restoring the schoolhouse and opening it as a museum. An attached hall is available for rent from April to October. For more information call 814-749-9142.