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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.

Book-Signing at the Taber Museum

Joyce Graff, author

Joyce Graff, author

A book-signing by Joyce Graff was held at the Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society on Friday, June 21 from 6:00 until 8:00pm. Ms. Graff has recently co-authored a genealogical biography of her grandfather Harry Wilcox, who worked as a commercial artist and illustrated stories for the popular and nationally-distributed Grit, published in Williamsport. Ms. Graff talked about her work and read selections from this current work

The book is profusely illustrated with family photographs and ephemeral items and with examples of Mr. Wilcox’s broad range of artistic endeavours. As the twentieth century progressed, Mr. Wilcox had to adapt to the changing technology slowly absorbing the world of commercial art. He was a pioneer in the utilization of air brushing techniques for retouching artwork and photography. During World War II, he was instrumental in perfecting camouflage techniques for General Motors, which was doing contract work for the War Department.

Harry Wilcox book

Harry Wilcox book

The book is further enhanced, much to the delight of genealogists, with the appended family charts and stories of the Wilcox clan and its allied families, many lines of which converge and flourish in Williamsport, Lycoming County. Surnames represented in the appendices are: Wilcox, Kramm, Billmeyer, Himmelreich, Withington, Boehm, Martin, Richner, Misho, and Steinbacher. The genealogical work was researched by Joyce’s coauthor James Hammond Wilcox. Ms. Graff will also have on hand copies of A Freed Family History: Ancestors and Descendants of Walter and Dorothy Youngman Freed, which she co-authored with her mother June Freed Wilcox. L

The LCHS Research Library was open that evening for genealogical research and staffed by members of the Lycoming County Genealogical Society.

The museum is located at 858 West Fourth Street, Williamsport. Ample parking may be found to the rear of the building as well as on the street.

For further information about the Taber Museum and its many activities, please visit our website at www.tabermuseum.org.