Bits of Bygone Bradford to showcase local history

Pig Island
Pig Island -- part of "Bad Bradford"

Pitt-Bradford, in collaboration with the Bradford Landmark Society, will present “Bits of Bygone Bradford” Oct. 4, 11 and 18 at Marilyn Horne Hall in downtown Bradford.

            Each historical session will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fifth Floor Ballroom. The cost is $15 per session or $40 for all three sessions. Light refreshments will be served.

            In the first session on Oct. 4, Sally Costik, curator of the Landmark Society, will present “Bad Bradford.” Wicket women and wild times were the hallmark of the early days in Bradford, when “the air smelled of naughtiness and oil.” Following Costik, Dean Fox, a director of both the Landmark Society and the Penn Brad Oil Museum and an oil field worker in his youth, will present “Bradford Firsts,” such as the first to put oil in cans instead of glass jars.

            In the second session, Bob Schmid, historian for the Allegany (N.Y.) State Park, will present “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Scary,” stories of animals, ghosts, camping and occasional mayhem in the park.

            Following Schmid, Isabelle Champlin will speak about the now extinct passenger pigeons that were once so numerous their flocks would block out the sun.

            In the final session, Cindy and Dale Smith, owners of the popular Rock City Park will talk about the popular attraction and the amazing rock formations that have drawn visitors since the Victorian age.

            Following the Smiths, John Place, who has worked with the Don Raabe Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic for 42 years, will share the history behind the rivalries and highlights of Bradford High School, St. Bernard High School and Bradford Central Christian High School football teams.

            Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact the Pitt-Bradford Division of Continuing Education and Regional Development at 814-362-5078 or contined@pitt.edu.