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Historical society announces 2020 events, activities

The Blair County Historical Society has announced its schedule of events for 2020.

n The Blair County Historical Society’s Heritage Award Dinner scheduled for March 28 at The Casino at Lakemont Park was postponed. All those who purchased reservations will be notified of the rescheduled date and the reservations will be honored for the rescheduled award dinner. For more information, call the society at 942-3916 from

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

n The annual Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bonnet Contest will be held April 11. Registration for the homemade Easter Bonnet Contest will be at 10 a.m. with the contest beginning at 10:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded prior to the Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Easter Bunny will be available for pictures. This is a free, family-friendly event open to the public. Guided tours of Baker Mansion will be available from noon to 2 p.m. for $5 per person.

n Paranormal Seminar and Investigation of Baker Mansion with JABA Paranormal Investi-gations will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. April 25. Limited seating available, cost is $35 per person. Tickets will be available at blairhistory.org or register at Baker Mansion Gift Shop during normal business hours. Must be registered to attend.

n The “19th Amendment Mother’s Day Tea: A Step Back in Time” will be held on May 9, which will recreate the theme of the 1915 Reception held by Louise and Frieda Beckman (grandchildren of Elias Baker). Tea, lemonade, punch and tea sandwiches will be served by volunteers in period costume. Cost is $15 for each mother and child; additional adult is $10 and additional child $5. 1850-1920s period costumes encouraged but not required to attend.

n Mansion Mania RockFest will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. June 27 on the Baker Mansion lawn. Live broadcast from local radio station will begin at 1 p.m. and live bands begin at 2 p.m. Cost is $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door, which includes admission and meal ticket. Cash only beer tent will open for ages 21 and older, must have valid ID to get wrist band. 50/50 tickets will be sold during Rockfest for $1 each.

n Family Activities Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8 at Baker Mansion. There will be numerous family-friendly vendors with children’s activities, hot dogs, popcorn and Story Telling Hour. This is a free event open to the public.

n The BCHS Roaring 20’s Gala will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 29 at Baker Mansion. The atmosphere of a speakeasy, the entertainment of the Roaring ’20s and costume mixture of flappers, dapper dans and 1920s women’s suffrage will entice participants to appreciate the end of the Prohibition. Costumes encouraged by not required. Must preregister to get your ticket that holds your “Speakeasy Password” to join in festivities. Cost for event is $45 per person or $80 for a couple.

n The 2020 Haute Dog Contest will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 5 on the Baker Mansion lawn. There will be fun, food and prizes for best dog costumes. Admission is $25 for one adult and one friendly dog, which includes one meal ticket and three door prize raffle tickets and entry in all dog games and contests (best costume, prop or pair). $5 extra meal ticket and $5 for 10 extra prize raffle tickets. 10% of proceeds will be donated to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society.

n Michael Farrow will present an historical bus tour of Tyrone on Sept. 6. Time and cost of tickets to be announced.

n Wine and Cheese Tasting at the Mansion will be held Sept. 13. Wine and cheese will be available for sample from local vendors. Time and cost to be announced.

n Paranormal Seminar and Investigation with JABA Paranormal Investigations will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 19. Limited seating available, cost is $35 per person. Must preregister to attend.

n A Lantern Led Haunted Walking Tour with Michael Allison will be held Oct. 6 in downtown Altoona and Oct. 8 at Allegheny Furnace. Each tour will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $10.

n Baker Mansion Murder Mystery will return this year in October with the local ballet troupe for a who-dun-it murder mystery in the mansion. Details will be posted on the BCHS website and Facebook page.

n Christmas events will be announced later this year and will include a Santa workshop, cookies and cocoa, and a Christmas Movie Night that includes hot chocolate with Santa.

Tickets for paid events can be purchased on BCHS Events page at blairhistory.org or at the museum gift shop during normal business hours.

The society is currently accepting sponsorship for 2020 events.

For more information or to become a sponsor, email

events@blairhistorv.org or call Baker Mansion at 942-3916 during normal business hours. Blair County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible.

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