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Kim Thomas and Diamonds in the Rough will Lead Fiddling Contest


The Barbara Morgan Harvey Center for the Study of Oil Heritage at Clarion University-Venango Campus will host Community History Days on June 5 and 6, 2010. Funded by the Harvey Center endowment, the event features activities for people of all ages, most of which are free of charge, celebrating the rich historical heritage of our region.

            This year's event, entitled "Flapjacks, Fiddles and Fancy Feet," is an all-new fun-filled event, with something for all ages.

            All Saturday events take place at the Venango Campus, beginning with a flapjack breakfast, featuring both plain and buckwheat pancakes from 8 until 10 am. All events on Saturday are free except meals.

            Two programs will be held in Robert W. Rhoades Center auditorium in the morning.

            Dr. Dennis Lavery will present "Leisure Time: What the Victorians Did When They Weren't Being Proper," at 10 am.

            At 11 am, Grant Carner will present his collection of stereoscopic pictures, taken during the Oil Boom, of Oil City and the surrounding region. The viewing of stereoscopic images, created when a pair of two-dimensional images are combined and seen through a special viewer, became popular in the mid-nineteenth century. Mr. Carner's original images have been converted to modern technology by Mike Henderson.

            After a delicious lunch, Kim Thomas and Diamonds in the Rough will lead a Fiddling Contest from 1 until 4 pm. Three cash prizes will be awarded in each of four divisions:  junior, teen, senior, and championship. Participation is open to everyone. To enter, contact Ms. Thomas at 814-752-2959 or

            At 2 pm in Charles L. Suhr Library, local historian Bud Pelaghi will discuss the American psychologist, philosopher, educator, social critic and political activist John Dewey, who began his career in Oil City.

            From 7 pm until 9 pm, square dancers of all ages will swing their partners under the direction of Lou Slautterback in the Rhoades Center gymnasium, where refreshments will also be served. Everyone, novice and seasoned square dancers alike, are invited to participate.

            On Sunday, June 6, the National Transit Trolley will leave Venango Campus at 1:30 pm to tour the homes of Dennis and Anita Lavery, local artist George Cooley and his wife, Nancy, and State Senator Mary Jo White and Judge H. William White. Refreshments will be served at each stop and the trolley will return to the campus at 4:30 pm. Tickets are limited, and may be purchased at the Venango Chamber or in the Frame Hall Administrative Office in advance. If any are still available, tickets will also be sold at Rhoades Center on Saturday, June 5.

            For more information, call 676-6591 or visit

            Clarion University-Venango Campus, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.   The campus provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed.  Students can begin any of Clarion University's 90+ bachelor's degrees at the Venango Campus, earn an associate degree, a bachelor's or master's degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses.  The campus is home to Clarion University's School of Nursing and Allied Health, the Department of Applied Technology, and the Venango Department of Arts and Sciences.  Clarion University-Venango Campus is committed to serving the needs of the community.

5/27/2010 3:00 PM

Community History Days at Clarion University-Venango Campus