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Getting back to Pa.’s roots: Historical Society to open ‘Wood on Glass’ exhibit on lumber heritage Tuesday

April 14, 2013

The Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society proudly displays the "Wood on Glass" photography exhibit just in time for the Lumber Heritage program that will take place Tuesday night. The exhibit features the talents of the late William T. Clarke, a photographer who captured images of the Pennsylvania lumber region during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Pictured is Ginny Gray (left) and Dorothy Elbel, members of the society, getting a first look at the exhibit.

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It is said that when William Penn discovered Pennsylvania in the 1680s, at least 95 percent of the land was covered by forest.

Its hard to believe that now, as we look around us at the once-big forest now populated with towns and cities.

Once known as the lumber region, Pennsylvania became the home of many lumber camps.

Traveling from one lumber camp to another was William T. Clarke, a photographer who loved capturing the daily life of the lumber industry.

This Tuesday, the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society will feature the "Wood on Glass” exhibit, a series of photographs taken by the late photographer.

A free presentation will also be held Tuesday night with Michael Wennin, executive director of the Lumber Heritage Region, a multi-county area which includes Jefferson County.

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