The Somerset Historical Center, in cooperation with the Somerset County Maple Producers Association, will offer a school for maple sugaring from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7. The school will introduce participants to the history and processes of maple sugaring in Somerset County.
The class is open to any individual, student, or adult interested in the sugaring process and would be of particular interest to potential maple princesses who are competing for the title of maple queen. Participants may take the class for fun, to increase one’s knowledge of this important sugaring heritage, or to start their own maple sugaring operation.
Somerset County is one of the largest producers of maple products in Pennsylvania and has a unique sugaring heritage. Unique processes and terminology have developed within Somerset County’s maple sugaring region which set it apart from many other sugaring regions.
The program will include a history of sugaring in Somerset County, spotza and sugar making, and the processes involved making maple syrup. Students will then have the opportunity to meet periodically throughout the maple season to learn the basics of sugar making that depend upon “Mother Nature” as to when tapping, collecting, and boiling maple sugar water will occur.
Students will be notified of specific times for tapping, gathering, and boiling if they wish to engage in these activities.
The Historical Society has placed a portion of its woodlot into professional managed care through Appalachian Forest Consultants to develop it into a productive sugar bush. More than 250 maple trees have been marked for sugar production.
The participant’s fee includes all materials, pure Somerset County maple syrup for processing into sugar cakes, crumb sugar and the taffy treat of spotza. The class will be held at the Somerset Historical Center. There is a cost for the class. To register or for more information, call the Somerset Historical Center at 814-445-6077 or email the education coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Somerset Historical Center is four miles north of Somerset along Route 985. From Somerset, take Route 601 north to Route 985.
Persons with disabilities who need special assistance or accommodation should call 814-445-6077 in advance to discuss their needs.
The Somerset Historical Center is one of 28 historic sites and museums on the Pennsylvania Trail of History, administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in partnership with the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County.