Christmas Open House Held at Museum

Individuals characterize the period of the 62nd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment during yesterday’s Open House at the Armstrong County Historical Museum. (LEFT) Susan Carson-Bowser from West Kittanning plays the pump organ Sunday afternoon as Corporal Joe McShane stands behind her. (RIGHT) Cindy McShane from Worthington Jean Mathabel from New Kensington prepare the tree in anticipation of their husbands coming home on a respite from the battle.


The McCain House was decorated for the annual Christmas Open House yesterday to host visitors from all over the county.

The McCain House is home to the Armstrong County Historical Museum and Genealogical Society.

Members of the 62nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Living History Family were dressed in Civil War attire and told stories that would have been a part of the period.

“At this period of time, women would be getting the house ready for Christmas just as you see here,” Cindy McShane said. Her husband, Joe, portrayed a Corporal of the 62nd Infantry.

“Our husbands are coming home on leave today, so we are getting our tree ready and our food ready so we can have a Christmas Dinner,” Jean Mathabel said. Her husband, Richard, portrayed a private in the 62nd.

The great room had an authentic working pump organ, old parlor piano, Victrola, as well as other artifacts decorated for the Christmas season.  Cookies were also available for visitors.