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2017-07-28 / Business Briefs

Penn State history instructor and Explore Altoona partner to promote Blair County’s historic site

ALTOONA, PA – A digital and downloadable peek into Blair County’s historic past is now available thanks to Jared Frederick, a Penn State Altoona history instructor. The Heritage Passport to Blair County helps visitors and locals alike gain an appreciation for one of the State’s most historic counties.

The project offered a number of students exciting opportunities to explore regional history and devise means to share that heritage with locals and travelers alike.

Frederick initiated a project modeled after a similar National Park Service program of the same nature. He organized 17 different sites/landmarks within the program. The sites highlighted include: Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site; Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum; Baker Mansion History Museum; Blair County Genealogical Society; Canal Basin Park; Canoe Creek State Park; Everett Railroad Company; Fort Roberdeau Historic Site; Gardner’s Candies Museum; Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark; Keirn Family WWII Museum; Mishler Theatre; Quaint Corner Children’s Museum & Discovery Center; Royer Mansion; Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art; Tyrone History Museum; and The Wall That Heals-Altoona Vietnam War Memorial.

The locations included are able to offer context with exhibits, educational programming and some with guided tours. Each site listed has its own stamp so one can mark the respective page upon visitation.

“This book is not a mere collection of separate historic sites, but rather a linking of central Pennsylvania landmarks with shared themes and meaningful stories,” adds Frederick.

In addition, the last page offers users of the booklet the chance for free game tickets and prizes from the Altoona Curve, AA affiliate baseball team of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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