Museum Explore: 1st Floor | 2nd Floor 1st Floor Welcome to the 1st floor of the Armstrong County Historical Museum and Genealogical Society Inc. This floor features the Parlor, Gathering Room, Kitchen, and Civil War Exhibit Room Parlor The parlor is furnished today like a typical parlor of years past. An operating pump organ is located near the front entrance. Learn More Expand A four-piece antique Victorian American mid-19th century parlor set adorns the room. The set was originally owned by a former resident of Kittanning. The parlor is the home of an original 1878 panoramic landscape painting of Kittanning. The parlor is also furnished with several other antique chairs in addition to a Rishell gramophone, record cabinet, library table, and other miscellaneous items typical to the Victorian era. Two 19th century oil paintings done by a Kittanning resident are on display. Mid-19th century portraits of Thomas McConnell, whose family was the first to live in the McCain House, and other prominent citizens of Armstrong County hang on the parlor walls. Gathering Room The Gathering Room is furnished with numerous pieces of furniture, artwork, old photographs and displays. Learn More Expand Numerous pieces of dishware made at the Wick China and Ford China potteries are on exhibit. Items from and pictures of the McCain House from the past are on display too. The Daugherty Visible typewriter exhibit is in this room. In 1889, James Denny Daugherty, a Kittanning resident, completed and patented a machine called the “Daugherty Visible”, which was a forerunner of the first visible typewriter. Various bottles from local companies, past and present are on exhibit. A mid-19th century portrait of Reverend Joseph A. Painter, the second pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Kittanning hangs on one wall. Two 19th century oil paintings done by a Kittanning resident hang on other walls. Several old photographs of Kittanning are in this room also. Kitchen The kitchen is furnished with appliances and other domestic tools typical to the period. Learn More Expand Large blocks of ice, placed in the top compartment of the two-door icebox, kept the food in the bottom compartment chilled. The cookstove was made by Wincroft Stove Works of Middletown, Pennsylvania. Several “sad irons” are placed on top of the warming ovens. A toaster, waffle iron, and water kettle are displayed on the cooking surface. The baker’s cabinet features a work surface to roll out and knead dough, a few cabinets above, and “possum belly” drawers below to hold flour and/or meal. An apple butter kettle stands in the corner, and various pottery is displayed on the corner shelves on either side of the window. A kraut cutter hangs on the wall on the right of the stove, and a coal scuttle, clothes agitator, and clothes dryer are to the left. In one corner stand several wooden drying racks. Civil War Exhibit Room The “Armstrong County in the Civil War” exhibit focuses on the County’s involvement in the Civil War. Learn More Expand An estimated 3,652 men from the County served in the war to preserve the Union, preserve states’ rights, and abolish slavery. The exhibit endeavors to honor the long-ago soldiers who were the ancestors of many of today’s Armstrong County residents. Visitors can travel back in time to see Civil War artifacts such as antique battlefield maps; first edition regimental history books; muster rolls from several regiments; and documents, diaries, letters, muskets, and personal items from numerous soldiers who served in the various infantry, cavalry, and artillery units that fought in the war’s major battles. The exhibit is the home of the original painting “The Wheatfield – Whirlpool of Death” done by a local artist. The artist captures on canvas the heroic actions of the 62nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment against the Confederates on July 2, 1863. Included in the exhibit are items once owned by Colonel William G. Sirwell, commander of the 78th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The highlight of these items are two presentation swords that were given to the Colonel by the soldiers of the regiment. 2nd Floor Welcome to the 2nd floor of the Armstrong County Historical Museum and Genealogical Society Inc. Early Armstrong County and Native American Room Early Armstrong County Rooms The Early Armstrong County exhibit focuses on the early history of the county. Learn More Expand The exhibit highlights the most famous historical event that happened within the county’s boundaries. The story of the attack on Kittanning is retold – the September 8, 1756 destruction of the Delaware Indian village at Kittanning by Colonel John Armstrong and his militiamen from Cumberland County. Biographical information on Colonel Armstrong and a written description and survey plan of his “Victory” lands that he was able to secure in the latter half of the 18th century hang on the walls. The room’s built-in display case contains an original 1803 Plan of Lots of the Town of Kittanning and the rare September 20, 1810 edition of the Western Eagle, which was the first newspaper published in Kittanning, which both were printed by James Alexander. Also on display are historical facts on the birth of the county, important historical dates and facts, and maps of the county showing how the townships reorganized through the 19th century. Native American Rooms The Native American exhibit focuses on the history and heritage of the Native Americans that resided in the county in the 1700s and earlier. Learn More Expand Many of the items depicting Native American life and culture in the exhibit were either collected from past and current collectors or were hand-made to represent items used by the Lenni-Lenape or Delaware tribe that lived in the county during the 1700s. Several prints of a local artist’s paintings hang on the exhibit walls. Included in the exhibit are images on the upper part of the walls in the room. These images depict actual petroglyphs (rock carvings) discovered north of Kittanning near Parker, Armstrong County. The exhibit houses an extensive collection of Native American artifacts. This large collection of arrowheads and other items were found throughout Armstrong County.