The Cultural District Summer walking tour series kicks off Thursday, June 17th with a scavenger hunt of downtown Huntingdon’s architecture. Guide Matt Price of Huntingdon Landmarks, Inc. will lead the tour showcasing the architecture of downtown Huntingdon buildings. On each block during the tour, participants will be encouraged to find the actual elements within the streetscape shown in photographs.
A June 24th tour explores the lives and legacies of some of the remarkable women in Huntingdon’s history and their prominent role in getting American women the right to vote. On June 24, 1919, Pennsylvania voted in favor of the Nineteenth Amendment. By August of 1920, 36 states (including Pennsylvania) approved the Amendment, making women’s suffrage legal all across the country. The tour celebrating the centennial of Pennsylvania’s landmark ratification will be guided by local history buff, April Feagley.
On Thursday, July 1st a tour of public art installations in Huntingdon will be led by John Kearns of the Huntingdon County Arts Council. The tour will showcase the variety of murals and monuments in downtown Huntingdon.
The 4 and More Cultural District Summer walking tour series continues on Thursday, July 8th with a tour of the ecology of the Juniata River watershed. Guide Logan Stenger of the Huntingdon County Conservation District will lead the tour showcasing what lives in and around the waters of the Juniata River basin.
The tour series continues on Thursday, July 15th with a tour exploring the lives and legacies of some of the remarkable women in Huntingdon’s history. The tour will be guided by local history buff, April Feagley.
A tour surrounding the story of Gen. William McAlevy’s role in Huntingdon and American history takes place on July 22nd. McAlevy led troops as a Colonel in the Revolutionary War, after which he was promoted to Brigadier General. An outspoken advocate, the General went on to lead a rebellion in Huntingdon against the ratification of the US Constitution. The tour will be led by Huntingdon Landmarks board member, Matt Price.
Thursday, July 29th tour participants will search for the birds that call downtown Huntingdon their home. Guide Crystal McNeal, a local birding enthusiast, will introduce the hows of bird watching, help participants locate bird habitats and identify species seen along the way.
Thursday, August 5th a tour exploring the lives of Huntingdon native Civil War Generals Horace Porter and David McMurtrie Gregg will be led by guide Fred Lang, a board member of the Huntingdon County Historical Society.
The tour series continues on Thursday, August 12th with a tour of Huntingdon’s downtown gardens. Guide Celina Seftas, Manager of the Huntingdon County Conservation District will lead the tour showcasing the variety of plantings in downtown Huntingdon.
The 4 and More Cultural District Summer walking tour series concludes on Thursday, August 12th, with a tour of Huntingdon’s history as a transportation hub. Guide Kelley Kroecker will lead the tour showcasing the history of the trolley company that once navigated Huntingdon’s streets.
All of the walking tours are free and open to the public. However, donations are willingly accepted. The tours happen rain or shine.
About Huntingdon Landmarks, Inc.
Huntingdon Landmarks, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation whose mission is to promote and facilitate the preservation and economic viability of historic landmarks in Huntingdon.