The exhibit, which runs through April 28, will be open to the public during regular tour hours on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 1 and 4 p.m. Admission is free, donations are welcome.
This exhibit will explore lighting devices that existed before electricity, from the late 18th through mid-19th centuries. Objects on display will include early candle holders, rushlights, whale oil and camphene lamps. These objects are representative of lighting devices of that time, and illustrative of adaptations made to take advantage of newer innovations in fuel types and
improved safety. While representing a brief period in history, it is one of great technological advancement in the history of lighting.
Featured exhibit objects are from Centre County Historical Society (CCHS) collections, and are generously lent by local collectors, Antiques at John R. Snedden Ltd., the Pasto Agricultural Museum of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, and the Ladies of Battery B, 3rd Pa. Vol., Light Artillery.
This exhibit is a collaboration of CCHS, Richard Pencek, Diane and James Farr, Mary Sorensen and Penn State students Olivia Perdew and Shannon Devlin.
Funding is being provided by Victorian Lighting Works of Centre Hall, and by a grant from the Karen Rugh-Richard Pencek Program Endowment for American Art and Culture at Penn State.
Photography is by Photographer Fred Weber, and students Jennifer Nagel and Jessica Yurinko in the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State. Graphic
design is by David Lembeck. Printing is sponsored in part by Jaru Associates Inc.
As a part of this exhibit, a history talk will be held at the Centre Furnace Mansion at 2 p.m. on April 21. Peter Stadler, Pewter Collectors' Club of America, will speak on "Early Pewter and Glass."
Exhibit details and photos can be viewed at www.centrecountyhistory.org.