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Bowdish Birthday Bash

Bowdish Birthday Bash & New Exhibits RE-Opening February 27th, 2021 at the Jefferson County History Center

This is the time of year when the Bowdish Crew dons their railroad maintenance hats and go to our Bowdish miniature town, refurbishing the trains, replacing and rewiring miniature animated folks, with a change-out of miniature buildings, all to get the layout ready for the New Year.

This is all thanks to the crew of Art and Jo Schrecongost, Vickie Storey, Bill McCracken, Pete Lindemuth, Dave Gilbert, Jon Noonan, and the late Harry Neuhard. Because of their dedication, we are able to present the Bowdish Birthday Bash and shows over the years.

We are reopening for the first time this year for our annual Bowdish Birthday Bash, always held on the last Saturday on February to coincide with Charlie Bowdish’s birthday and also the opening of our new and reinvented exhibits.

This year we present the new Pittsburg & Shawmut Steam to Diesel RR, The Parlor’s “New Panache,” Log Cabin Fever, You Are Here! Maps and the Age of Discovery, and First People: Native American Artifacts & Lifestyles.

So if you have the winter blues and are looking for something fun to do, SAVE THE DATE of FEB 27th from 11-4PM. The trains will start chugging and running at Noon.

Antique Rifle & Indian Artifact Show

Join the Jefferson County History Center and North Fork Chapter 29 of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology at the 14th Annual Antique Firearms and Indian Artifact Show on Saturday, September 4 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Bring the family and explore two buildings with over 100 tables of exhibitors and vendors from across the state.

The firearms building emphasizes 19th century western Pennsylvania gunsmiths and includes accouterments, antique and modern rifle recreations of both flint and percussion rifles with many for sale.

The archaeological building will present some of the finest privately held collections of prehistoric and historic Native American artifacts from this region. Items for display and sale will include flint tools and points, ground stone items, pipes, beadwork, pottery and publications.
Experts in both buildings will be available throughout the day to answer questions about their interests and provide free evaluation and identification of rifles or artifacts brought in by the public.

Enjoy the food concession and other events through the day, including special raffles, children’s activities, primitive games, flint-knapping demonstrations and the popular atlatl and tomahawk throwing area.

The atlatl is an ancient hunting weapon that preceded the bow and arrow. It is a spear-throwing device, which is essentially a stick with a handle on one end and a hook that engages a light spear or “dart” on the other. The flipping motion of the atlatl propels the dart much faster and farther than it launched by hand alone. The World Atlatl Association has sanctioned this competition for serious competitors, but everyone can to try their hand with the help of our instructors.

Admission for this event is $7 for adults and free to children 16 and under. The fairgrounds are located on Route 28, ¼ mile north of PA Interstate 80, exit 81. For table reservations or additional information, call the History Center at 849-0077 or email Ken Burkett at kburkett-jchc@windstream.net.

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2021 Antique Rifles & Indian Artifact Show

Plans are currently underway for the fall antique Rivle and Indian Artifact Show at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

We appreciate all of the support from our vendors and guests and hope to se you in the spring 0f 2022.

Keep watching this website for future updates.

2021 Antique Rifles & Indian Artifact Show

Plans are currently underway for the fall antique Rivle and Indian Artifact Show at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

We appreciate all of the support from our vendors and guests and hope to se you in the spring 0f 2022.

Keep watching this website for future updates.