In May of 2008, CCHS applied to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's Keystone Grant program for funds to perform several vital repairs to the ell section of the Centre Furnace Mansion. Having received notification of our award this past April for $21,406, we immediately began raising money to match it. We also received $15,000 from the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitor's Bureau for a Capital Improvement grant that will help to meet this challenge, but we need the help of our members and friends to match the full amount. The restoration and care of the Centre Furnace Mansion is necessary to insure that it is available to future generations, and we hope that you will consider supporting this very important project.
The ell was added in 1847 and is sagging due to wearing support columns under the covered porch. As a result, the roof is sagging, the shingles are splitting, and the outside wall is bowing. Also in dire need of attention are the Mansion's five brick chimneys, which have never been restored. If you contribute to this fund, your donation will be used to reinforce the ell, re-point or rebuild the chimneys, and replace the shingles on the ell side. Your gift will be recognized in all related publications about the funding of the project and in our upcoming newsletters. These are necessary and important repairs that are essential to the care of the Centre Furnace Mansion, and we hope that you will support it.
The Centre County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization, and the full amount of your donation is tax deductible. Please make checks out to the Centre County Historical Society and mail to:
Centre County Historical Society
This project is supported jointly by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau, and from the generous donations from CCHS members and friends.