Blair County Historical Society changes schedule

The Blair County Historical Society is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the significance of the county’s history in local and national context. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all events in April and May have been canceled.

At this time, the society is planning to reopen for events in June; however, all events may be subject to change or cancellation.

Please “like” Baker Mansion (@blairhistory) on Facebook for all the latest updates on upcoming events. Below are the latest updates:

n The “19th Amendment Mother’s Day Tea: A Step Back in Time” has been rescheduled and will be held on June 20 as a “Celebration of Mother’s and Father’s Day.” The society 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 or father and child; additional adult is $10 and additional child $5. Period costumes from 1850-1920 are 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. A live broadcast from a local classic rock station will begin at 1 p.m., and live bands will begin at 2 p.m. Cost is $15 per person or two for $25. Children 10 and younger will receive free admission. A cash-only beer tent will be open for ages 21 and older (must have valid ID to get a 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 3 p.m. Aug. 8 at Baker Mansion. There will be numerous family-friendly vendors with children’s activities, hot dogs, popcorn and a storytelling hour. This is a free event open to the public.

n The BCHS Roaring ’20s 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 attendees to appreciate the end of Prohibition. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Must pre-register to get a ticket that holds a “Speakeasy Password” to join in festivities. Cost 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. It will include 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). An extra meal ticket is $5. Extra prize raffle tickets are $5 for 10. Ten percent of proceeds will be donated to the Central PA Humane Society.

n Dr. Michael Farrow will present a historical bus tour of Tyrone on Sept. 6. The time and cost of tickets will be announced at a later date.

n A wine and cheese tasting at the mansion will be held Sept. 13. Wine and cheese will be available for sample from local vendors. The time and cost are 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 is available. The cost is $35 per person. Must be preregistered to attend.

n Lantern Led Haunted Walking tour with Michael Allison will be held Oct. 6 (Downtown Altoona) and Oct. 8 (Allegheny Furnace). Each tour will be from 7 to 9 p.m. The 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. This interactive tour of the Baker Mansion will take place Oct. 24 and 31. The Blair County Historical Society is partnering with The Altoona Dance Theater Company to present this fun evening. All proceeds will go to support both organizations in their endeavors to educate, entertain and support future generations of historians and dancers. The cost is $10 per person, and it is a family friendly event.

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 the BCHS Events page at


For more information or to become a sponsor, email events@blairhistory.org. Blair County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Dona-tions are tax-deductible.


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