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The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society chronicles the history of our region from American Indian occupation through 20th century industry and life.

Alvira Premiere Benefits Museum


In 1942, after America entered World War II, its citizens were asked to sacrifice much for the war effort. Gasoline, sugar, butter and silk were rationed and entire communities rallied behind scrap and tire drives. One community, however, sacrificed much more: The entire village of Alvira walked from their homes and farms in the shadow of smoke and flames. Seized by the U.S. War Department by eminent domain, Alvira was bulldozed and burned and became part of an 8,500-acre secret government complex that manufactured explosives.

Photographs and deeds, diaries and receipts are all that remain, except for the memories of its residents, kept alive through oral tradition.

LCHS members Steve and Martha Huddy (as the Vallamont Studio) have produced the documentary film, Surrender! The Sudden Death of Alvira, Pennsylvania as a sequel to the local history book, Alvira and the Ordnance: An American Dream…Denied. The film will premiere Monday, September 30 at 7:30 pm at the Community Arts Center.

Tickets are now available at the Taber Museum, 858 W. Fourth St. in person, or by calling to reserve tickets at 326-3326.  Cash or check accepted.
Tickets are also available at the Muncy Historical Society, 40 N. Main St., Muncy (546-5917) at Montgomery’s Pharmacy, 21 S. Main St., Montgomery, PA (547-2361), and through the Community Arts Center Box Office (326-2424) or online at

More information about Alvira and the book are available by reading the Williamsport Life article by Steve and Martha Huddy:

Alvira Documentary Comes to CAC, Benefits Historical Society – September Williamsport Life Alvira Story