Alexander Caverns to be explored at Fall Dinner October 25 at Walker Grange

Local historian Forest K. Fisher will discuss the cavern at the Juniata County Historical Society annual fall dinner, to be held Oct. 25 at the Walker Grange in Mexico. Fisher is the author of Alexander Caverns: Mifflin County’s Once Spectacular Show Cave, published by the Mifflin County Historical Society.

A Mifflin County Historical Society board member since 1995-96, Fisher took the position as newsletter editor and continues that post. He is also immediate past president, having served two terms and is currently vice president.

Fisher and his wife, Dot, live in Fisher’s family home, Raven Roost, along Honey Creek, Reedsville, “just over the hill” from Alexander Caverns.

The dinner menu is roast chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, succotash, baked apples and angel food cake with topping. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., with a short business meeting before the speaker.

There will be a 50/50 drawing. The first drawn will be for the proceeds, the second drawn will be a print by the late George Losch, “Evening at the Station.”

Tickets are $20 and are available at the JCHS Archives from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. any Tuesday, or from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesdays. Call 717-436-5152 to reserve your tickets, and send a check to the Juniata County Historical Society, 498 Jefferson Street, Suite B., Mifflintown, PA 17059, with a stamped return envelope to have tickets mailed. Ticket deadline is Oct. 17.

Free Museum Day, Saturday September 16, 2023

The Juniata County Historical Society Tuscarora Academy Museum, and Archives Research Library, will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16 to participate in the Juniata River Valley Museum Day. At the Archives, there will be a Table Top Sale of discounted publications and extra local school yearbooks.


The Juniata County Historical Society will hold their Fall Dinner

Wednesday, October 25.

More information will follow!

Indian Artifacts Set for July 23 at Academy

Indian artifact collectors will be at the Tuscarora Academy Museum Sunday, July 23 from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

   Steve Zeiders, an enthusiastic collector from Mifflintown who has been collecting since 1962, will bring his vast collection of artifacts. Some that will be displayed on his tables include bannerstones, drills, mini-axes, knives, hammer stones, sharpening tools, celts, engraved tools, stone bowls, scrapers, sewing needles, clay and stone pipes, and a fire starter rock. This year alone he’s found an additional 55 artifacts, he notes.

  Andy Paige, another avid artifact collector from Thompsontown, will bring his collection again this year. Things he plans to have on display are a granite celt, large pestle (used for grinding or crushing), and a bell axe (somewhat rare). His unique pieces include the Susquehannock tubular trade beads from a Washington Borough site in Lancaster County. He explains that these are glass tubular shaped beads brought here by Europeans and were used as trade with the American Indians.

   Along with Paige, he’s bringing another devoted collector who has an immense collection and will be right alongside the other two men. He’ll be showcasing over 50 years’ worth of items.

   All three will be willing to inspect your items that you’ve collected and possibly identify them as artifacts.

   As last year, there will be a free ice cream sundae giveaway provided by The Creme’ Stop. There will be a limited amount, so make sure you’re there early. 

   You won’t want to miss this Sunday afternoon’s event!


The Juniata County Historical Society’s Archives Room is closed so that our volunteers can celebrate the founding of our Country on July 4 and 5. Regular hours resume Tuesday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

NEW: Saturdays that the Archives is open this summer are: July 22 and August 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Tuscarora Academy Museum is open every Sunday during the summer months of June, July and August from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.

We also just became aware that we have been approved for the Keystone Historical Preservation Grant!!! This will give us half of the cost of the window project at the Academy Museum which amounts to $25,797.20!!!!

1 2 3 4 5 17 18