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Historic Bellefonte personalities resurrected for bus tour By CO

by on December 12, 2019 11:51 AM

BELLEFONTE — For the third consecutive year the Bellefonte Women’s Club is offering a bus tour of the community with an added perk — nine different historic Bellefonte characters will board the bus in their period garb and talk about their time in the town’s history.

Janet Kyte, chair of the Women’s Club History Tour on Wheels said, “All tours begin at the American Philatelic Society, Match Factory building at 100 Match Factory Place,” said Janet Kyte, who chairs the Women’s Club History Tour on Wheels committee. “Two buses will be there at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available at Plumb’s Drug Store, Woodrings’s in Bellefonte and at the Train Station. The day of the event, tickets will only be sold at the Train Station.”

Portrayals of the famous, infamous and ordinary people for history will board the bus including governors James A. Beaver, Andrew Gregg Curtin and Daniel H. Hastings. Elizabeth Blanchard will be present and talk about her role in women’s suffrage. Also appearing will be Sally Dunlop, a former Match Factory worker and Dixie Walker, who served as ambassador to S. Korea. A coal carrier, Toots Wilson, will talk about his line of work. John Hughes, principal of the Bellefonte Academy, is expected to ride the bus, along with a “lady of the night.”

“There will be one tour guide in each bus,” said Kyte. “This new event is presented in cooperation with the Bellefonte Women’s Club Tour Committee and the Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Committee.”


Connie Cousins covers Centre County for the Gazette.
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