Aaronsburg is an area in Penns Valley off the beaten path.
But 244 W. Aaron Square in the municipality holds a piece of history — the Penns Valley Area Historical Museum at the Rudy-Corman House.
Founded in 1967, the museum is a nonprofit educational organization with a mission “to discover, collect, preserve, interpret and present the pre-historical, historical and cultural heritage of the people of the Penns and Brush Valley regions,” according to its website.
And each room of the Rudy-Corman House hosts a different aspect of the valleys that include a tribute to the Grange Fair, early school days, post cards and advertising, Civil War collection, exhibits, a craftsman building, and the Carriage House and Barn. This year’s museum theme is based around the Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair in honor of its 140th year.
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Donated fair memorabilia dates as far back as at least 1901. Other items, like fair programs, are still intact since the 1910s through the 1920s.
There’s even an admission ticket on display from 1909.
But each year the museum features something different, said volunteer Linda Bowersox.
Last year’s theme featured Millheim in its heyday.
“Growing up, it was a big deal to go to Millheim,” Bowersox said.
Bowersox has been volunteering at the museum for about four years and said she learns something new every time she walks into the home. The home is named for C. Guy and Ruth Corman-Rudy, who were major benefactors of the museum.
This year, while searching through genealogy records, she found out that that her maternal great-grandparents are buried in a nearby cemetery — something she never knew.
“There is a wealth of information here,” Bowersox said.
The museum is open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through October, and other tours can be arranged by calling Vonnie Henninger at 349-8960 or Kay Gray at 349-5740.
Bowersox said that each weekend, the museum attracts a handful of people. Tours are free to the public, but donations are recommended to help with maintenance of the facility.