Our Publications

Venango County Historical Society

PO Box 101    301 South Park Street    Franklin, Pennsylvania  16323

Diary of Sunville​
By Howard Strawbridge
This reprint offers an extraordinary look into life in the community of Sunville, as well as stories of local residents, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  

ce...................................................  $20.00

 

Sales Tax - PA Residents..........  $  1.20

Total...............................................  $21.20

 

Samuel C.T. Dodd
A compilation of letters written to and from Mr. Dodd, a Franklin resident and politician.

Price.............................................  $5.00

Sales Tax - PA Residents..........  $  .30


Total..............................................  $5.30

Frontier Forts
This booklet describes the three Colonial-era forts that were built in Franklin, as well as the Federal Garrison located along French Creek.

Price.............................................. $4.25


Sales Tax - PA Residents........... $ .25

Total.............................................. $4.50

 

Meet Sam Hays
A compilation of letters written to and from Mr. Hays, a Franklin resident and politician.  

Price.............................................  $12.00

 

Sales Tax - PA Residents......... $    .72

 

Total.............................................  $12.72
 

Monarch Park
This book of photographs describes the amusement park that was the social center for all of Venango County from the late 1890s to the early 1920s.

Price.............................................  $5.50

 

Sales Tax - PA Residents..........  $  .35

Total..............................................  $5.85

 

The Seneca Kicker
A compilation of articles from the first five years of the popular local newspaper, ca. 1900, that was written, published and distributed entirely by women.

Price.............................................  $20.00

 

Sales Tax - PA Residents..........  $  1.20

Total..............................................  $21.20

 

Oil, Oil, Oil
An in-depth history of the Oil Region, with many photographs.

Price..............................................  $15.00

 

Sales Tax - PA Residents..........  $   .90

Total..............................................  $15.90

 

The Year the Freshet Didn't Come
The diary of Charles H. Raymond of Utica, Pennsylvania.

Price.............................................  $5.00

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Sales Tax - PA Residents...........  $ .30

Total..............................................  $5.30

 

Venango County Panorama
A pictorial history of Venango County.

Price.............................................  $20.00

 

Sales Tax - PA Residents..........  $  1.20

Total..............................................  $21.20

 

Petroleum
By Rev. S.J.M. Eaton
1984 Reprint
A description of early oil operations in Venango County.  Originally published in 1866; 1984 reprint.

Price.............................................  $12.00

Sales Tax - PA Residents..........  $   .72


Total..............................................  $12.72

Petrolia
By Andrew Cone and Walter R. Johns'
1984 Reprint
A history of petroleum development in Pennsylvania.  Originally published in 1870; 1984 reprint.

Price.............................................  $28.00

Sales Tax - PA Residents..........  $  1.68


Total..............................................  $29.68

Venango County Will Index Through 1946
Index to wills,, taken from Register's Office and Orphan's Court records.

Price.............................................  $35.00

Sales Tax - PA Residents.........  $  2.10


Total..............................................  $37.10

Venango County Naturalizations, 1806 - 1868
Abstracts from Docket 1, Venango County Courthouse.  Original documents in VCHS Archival Resource Center.

Price.............................................  $11.00

Sales Tax - PA Residents..........  $  .66


Total..............................................  $11.66

Venango County Death Book, 1893 - 1905
Abstracts and index taken from records of the Orphan''s Court, Venango County Courthouse.

Price.............................................  $10.50

Sales Tax - PA Residents..........  $  .63


Total..............................................  $11.13

Iron Furnaces of Venango County
2 Vol. DVD
The history of the local Iron Furnace industry.

Price - Single DVD.............. $30.00 ea.

Sales Tax - PA Residents..... $  1.80
ea.

 

Total........................................  $31.80 ea.

 


2 Vol. Set.................................  $55.00

 

Sales Tax - PA Residents.....  $  3.30

 

Total..........................................  $58.30

Marriages From Venango County (PA) Sources:  1795 - 1885 (All), 1886 - 1921 (Outside the County), Vol. 1
Marriage records taken from newspapers, church records, county histories, family genealogies and other available sources.

Price.............................................  $35.95

Sales Tax - PA Residents..........  $ 2.15


Total.............................................. $38.10

Marriages From Venango County (PA) Sources:  1795 - 1885 (All), 1886 - 1946 (Outside the County), Vols. 2, 3
Marriage records taken from newspapers, church records, county histories, family genealogies and other available sources.

Price.............................................  $40.95 ea

Sales Tax - PA Residents...........  $ 2.45


Total.............................................. $43.40 ea.

1890 History of Venango County
2 Vol. Set
The aboriginal history of the county, its occupation by the French and British, early settlement and subsequent growth.

Price.............................................  $55.00

Sales Tax - PA Residents..........  $ 3.30


Total.............................................. $58.30

The Civil War Diary of Ithiel B. Snyder
This transcription offers a detailed look at the life of a typical Union soldier and Venango County native.

Price.............................................  $5.25

Sales Tax - PA Residents..........  $ .31


Total.............................................. $5.56

Maps
Franklin - Reprint of 1901 Fowler map
Venango County - 1903 map

Franklin Map............................. $5.00


Sales Tax - PA Residents......... $  .30


Total............................................. $5.30

 

Venango County Map.............. $1.00

 

Sales Tax - PA Residents.......... $ .06

 

Total............................................. $1.06

Venango County Cemetery Books
Burial records for all the cemeteries located in Venango County, by township. 
This is an ongoing project.

Volume 2:  Clinton Township

Volume 3:  Scrubgrass Township

 

 

 

Volume 4:  Richland Township and

               Part of Rockland Township

Volume 5:  Rockland Township

 

 

Price.............................................  $13.00 ea.

Sales Tax - PA Residents.............  $  .78


Total.............................................. $13.78 ea.

Volume 6:  Frenchcreek Townsip

Volume 7:  Sandycreek Township

Volume 8:  Plum Township

Volume 1:  Irwin, Mineral and Victory Townships

This revised edition has approximately 40 pages of new research since the book was originally published in 1992.

Price.............................................  $27.00

Sales Tax - PA Residents..........  $ 1.60


Total.............................................. $28.60

Volume 10:  Oakland Township ~ Book or CD

 

 

Price.............................................  $24.50


Sales Tax - PA Residents.........  $  1.47


Total.............................................. $25.97

Volume 9:  Cranberry & Pinegrove Townships   Order Volume 9 Directly From:

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Price.............................................  $49.95                257 Delilah Street

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Sales Tax - PA Residents..........  $ 2.99               clossonpress@comcast.net


Total.............................................. $52.94

Venango County, 2000:  The Changing Scene
3 Volumes
 
This history of Venango County covers events since 1890, with particular emphasis on the "changing scene" of the twentieth century.  Volume 1 covers the development of organizations, transportation, disasters, military service and the Depression Era.  Volume 2 covers the histories and development of Frankln and Oil City; the townships of Allegheny, Canal, Cherrytree, Clinton, Cornplanter, Cranberry and Frenchcreek and the boroughs of Barkeyville, Clintonville, Cooperstown and Emlenton.  Volume 3 covers the histories and development of the townships of Irwin, Jackson, Mineral, Oakland, Pinegrove, Plum, President, Richland, Rockland, Sandycreek, Scrubgrass, Sugarcreek and Victory and the boroughs of Pleasantville, Polk, Rouseville and Utica.

Volume 1

 

Price............................. $35.00


Sales Tax - PA Res..... $  2.10

 

Total.............................. $37.10

Volume 2

 

Price............................. $25.00


Sales Tax - PA Res..... $  1.50

 

Total............................. $26.50

Volume 3

 

Price............................. $45.00


Sales Tax - PA Res..... $  2.70

 

Total.............................. $47.70

3 Volume Set

 

Price............................. $100.00


Sales Tax - PA Res..... $   6.00

 

Total.............................. $106.00

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POSTAGE:  Please include $5.00 postage for each book ordered; $3.00 postage for each CD, DVD or map ordered.
 
Venango County Historical Society
PO Box 101
301 South Park Street
Franklin, Pennsylvania  16323
 
814-437-2275
vchistory@csonline.net
 
 
 

About VCHS

The Venango County Historical Society is housed in the Egbert-Mullins-Koos House. The home was built in 1859. VCHS has exhibit space, a research library, collections storage space, and archival storage. We serve the community by preserving the history important to us. 

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