The Portage Area Historical Society was formed in 1992 as a 501(c)(3)
charitable foundation. We are dedicated to the preservation, education and
exploration of the rich history of Portage, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding
The Historical Society manages the
Portage Station Museum located in the 1926
original (restored) railroad depot building in Portage. The museum contains extraordinary displays of area
history and culture formed through the influences of coal mining, railroads, steel, forests, water,
and recreation. Dedicated volunteers staff, manage, and operate the museum, its
programs and activities.
The Historical Society educates the public
through its visible reminders of the rich history of the area; through its interactions with
area schools; dependable participation in community functions; and through the very popular programs which attract
visitors from all around the area such as
Summerfest-week activities, and the annual Community Yard Sale in the
One visit to the museum is never enough. The museum displays change and
include such things as -
The Miners Museum
Local Industry Antique Tools
Famous Area Sports Legends
Glass and Porcelain Displays
Gift Items, T-Shirts
Station Master's Office
Diorama of Portage Area
Portage PA Area Pageantry
Photographs-Portage PA and local areas
And now, the finely detailed "Mainline in
Miniature", a permanent HO model train display depicts life along the railroad during its heyday from
1926 to 1954.
(The photo at the top of the pages is of a HO model train passing by the
Portage Train Station Depot, now home to the Portage Area Historical
Read more about the Mainline in Miniature HO scale
model train project here.)
We welcome group tours, senior citizens, classrooms, provide
programs for children and schools, and enjoy visitors from near and far.
Our Society and the Station Museum tell the story of life in the area. It is a Welcome Center for the Portage Gateway of the Allegheny Ridge Heritage Park.
Explore the Rail-Trail along the former Martin Branch of the railroad. The
Portage Area Historical Society discovers, collects, and preserves any material which may help establish or illustrate the history of the area.
Make special arrangements for a visit to the Portage Station Museum in the
historic Portage, PA train depot by calling 814-736-9223.