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Lycoming County Historical Society

About Us

The Lycoming County Historical Society, founded in 1907, is a not-for-profit educational organization with a museum, library and archives. The purpose of LCHS is to discover, collect, preserve, and interpret the prehistorical, historical, and cultural heritage of Northcentral Pennsylvania.

LCHS is member supported. Membership benefits include unlimited free admission to the Museum, a bi-monthly subscription to Society News, an annual subscription to The Journal, a 10 percent discount on most purchases in the Museum Gift Shop, and the satisfaction that comes from helping to sustain an important community institution that is dedicated to the preservation of our heritage!

Board of Governors

  • John Raymond, President
  • Charles Luppert, 1st Vice-President
  • Marc Pompeo, 2nd Vice-President
  • John F. Piper, Jr., 3rd Vice-President
  • Susan K. Beidler, Secretary
  • Randy DiPalo, Treasurer
  • Gina Campana
  • Eiderson Dean
  • Larry Fryda
  • Martha Huddy
  • Penny Lutz
  • Ed Metzger
  • Dewey Oakes
  • Amy Rogers
  • Mike Seitzer
  • Gary Weber

Museum Staff

  • Gary Parks, Director (see biography below)
  • Scott Sagar, Curator of Collections (see biography below)
  • Anne Persun, Museum Store Manager
  • Kimberly Taylor, Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper
  • Valarie Mowrey, Part-time Reception/Cashier
  • Andrea Campbell, Part-time Reception/Cashier
  • Recardo Strothers, Custodian

 

Gary W. Parks is the Executive Director of the Taber Museum. He has served in this position since January 2011, but was no stranger to the Museum when hired. From 1992 until 2005, Gary served in various capacities as the Museum’s Archivist, Acting Collections Manager, and Guest Curator. Gary is a graduate of Towson University with B.S. degrees in Biology and English and a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a M.A. in History with a concentration in Public History. Gary’s previous sites have included the Maryland Historical Society, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, NC., the Monmouth County Historical Association, Freehold, NJ, and most recently as Director of the Slifer House Museum in Lewisburg, PA. Gary is the author of numerous articles regarding local history published in Susquehanna Life. Gary is the compiler of a number of genealogical indices published by Genealogical Publishing Company. He is a graduate of Leadership Susquehanna Valley and the recipient of the Union County Historical Society Preservation Award for his preservation efforts of the alleged oldest house in Winfield, PA, the site of the Lee Massacre. Gary’s email address is lchsdirector@verizon.net.

Scott Sagar has served as Curator of Collections since May 2002. As Curator, Scott oversees the processing of new items into the permanent collection. As well, he creates a computer profile for the same items, houses them in appropriate archival materials for storage or display, and handles hundreds of requests via telephone, email, correspondence and researchers for historical information. Scott is a graduate of Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, with a B.A. in History and a graduate of the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Cooperstown, New York, with a M.A. in History Museum Studies. He has previous experience at the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, PA, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and the Heritage Center Museum of Lancaster, PA. Scott’s email address is lchscurator@verizon.net.