Forest County’s Colorful Heritage: Coloring & Activity Book


I am Pixon Pennesta, historian and unofficial mascot of the Forest County Historical Society.

My name was chosen from two of the suggestions summitted by students in the Historical Society’s “name the pigeon” contest. My job is to help tell the story of Forest County’s history, so you will see me on every page in this coloring book talking about some of our local history.

The Forest County Conservation District paid for creation of this book to help teach everyone about protecting our environment, conserving natural resources, and learning from mistakes made in the past. Mistakes like hunting my species, the Passenger Pigeon, to extinction in the 1800’s. Have you ever been to Pigeon? It’s a village in Forest County near Marienville. It was named Pigeon because so many would roost in the trees there that they would break the branches, and they darkened the sky when they flew overhead. That must have been a LOT of pigeons!

I will tell you about some other conservation and local history in this book too. Like the Allegheny National Forest, the Wilderness Act, Forest County’s first settlers, the Native Americans who lived here, and some of the exhibits in the museum. I hope you enjoy coloring and learning about Forest County’s History!

Come visit us at the Forest County Historical Society Museum in Tionesta to learn more and see all kinds of interesting artifacts from the past.

Plan to visit this season and don’t forget to pick up one of our coloring & activity books.


Bridge Builders Community Foundation Week of Giving

The Forest County Historical Society is having a fundraiser during the Bridge Builders Community Foundation Week of Giving March 16-18.  Last year we put a new roof on the History Museum at a cost of $63,000.  This year we are planning to erect a new sign to attract more visitors, build a handicap ramp on the lumber camp and paint the exterior of the History Museum.  These improvements will cost about $25,000.
We could use your assistance.  If you can make a donation online during the Week of March 16-18, the Bridge Builders Community Foundation will add money from their pool to supplement the amount of your donation. The Bridge Builders website is
If you prefer not to use the Bridge Builders website you may send a check to the Forest County Historical Society at PO Box 546, Tionesta, PA 16353. The first $15 of your donation will cover your annual membership fee if you have not already renewed your membership this year.

Research Room

Do you know about our Research Room at the Forest County History Center? Use the “Contact Us” form on our website to schedule a time to dig through the archives to learn more about the people, places, and historical happenings of days gone by in Forest County.

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Veterans Day Celebration

Forest County Historical Society will be celebrating Veterans Day with free admission to the museum for all veterans. The museum will be open from 1:00 – 4:00 and we will have singing at 2:00.  We encourage all to join us as we commemorate our veterans. There will be cookies and drinks.

Halloween at the Museum

The Forest County Historical Society will be celebrating Halloween on Saturday, October 31 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. There will be candy for the kids and a chance to see the inside of the History Museum. People passing out candy will be wearing gloves and we would ask that adults wear masks as they accompany their children in the museum.  We look forward to seeing you.

FCHS 2020 Fall Banquet

We will hold our annual Fall Banquet on October 22nd at St. Anthony’s Social Hall on Bridge Street in Tionesta.
The menu will be stuffed pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans, tossed salad, rolls, coffee, tea or punch, and homemade pie. Reservations are due by October 12th.
Social Distancing will be observed and wearing masks will be advised when guests are not seated.

Special thanks to Nancy Sweda

The History Center would like to send out a special thank you to Nancy Sweda for her excellent presentation on the porch of the Forest County Arts Council.  She talked about the many projects our local Arts Council has undertaken and she had samples of some work as well as photos of events. 
Next week, August 18 we welcome Leonard Nicklas, from the FCHS Board of Directors.  Leonard will speak on the history of gas stations and service stations in Marienville. 
The following week, August 25  will be our final Tuesday Talk for this year.  Scott Weichert, Forest County Extension Agent for Penn State will present a talk about ticks and Lyme’s Disease

Forest County Historical Society offers this lecture series.   All talks will begin at 7:00 pm.  Speakers will speak until 7:30 and then you will have until 8:00 for questions and answers.  Cost for the program is free to members and for visitors the donation is $5.00 for Adults which includes a tour of the house before the speaker begins.  

Special thanks to Brian Hale

Special thanks to Brian Hale for the very informative and well presented talk and virtual walk through of Tionesta and the History of the buildings there. He is a wealth of knowledge.
Next week, August 11th, we will have Nancy Sweda from the Forest County Arts Council to talk about the Arts council and some of their major projects. The following week, August 18th, will be Leonard Nicklas from Marienville who will speak about the history of gas stations and service stations In Marienville. We hope to see you there!
Tuesday Talks are a lecture series which we sponsor every Tuesday night at 7:00. Members are always free and visitors are asked for a donation of $5 which includes a tour of the house and property before the lecture. 


Looking for Women and girls to celebrate

There is no Indian Festival parade this year and yet this is the one hundredth year since women got the right to vote in the 19th amendment.  Forest County voted in favor of the 19th amendment.  Women in Forest County had been working hard to bring about this change.  They had a parade in 1915 promoting this worthy cause.  So, we at the Forest County Historical Society plan to have our own celebration parade on Saturday August 15th.  Our parade will be at 11:00 and we will march from the Historical Society to the Market Village (2 blocks) and back. We will use the sidewalks so we do not stop traffic.  We would like to invite any women or girls to join us in the celebration parade.  If you rsvp (8147582409) either by text or voice, we will have a sash ready for you to wear.  White dresses were the traditional color the suffragettes wore with their sashes to parade, but you may wear whatever you have in black or white.  You may bring a sign to carry if you like.  After the parade we plan to recreate the following two photos. 

The celebration will also include our traditional “Cookie Barn” from 10:00-2:00 where we sell 5” cookies for $1.00.  Our Model T will be out on the lawn decorated in yellow which was the chosen color of Tionesta women.  Please join us.