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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.

Chuck Luppert to Present Logging Talk

Charles Luppert, President of the Board of Governors of the Taber MuseumCharles (Chuck) Luppert, President of the Board of Governors of the Taber Museum, will present a short gallery talk on the history of Lycoming County’s logging and lumbering of the nineteenth century. The talk will occur on Friday, 18 November at 6pm in the Taber Museum’s Lumber Gallery and is free and open to the public. Luppert’s talk is one of the activities kicking off Preservation Williamsport’s 18th Annual Victorian Christmas House Tour. The theme of this year’s house tour is Lumber- Boom To Barons. The house tour is the following day from 9am until 5pm throughout the greater Williamsport area. For e-tickets, visit

Luppert Friction HingeChuck Luppert’s family was intimately associated with the lumber boom of the 19th century. His ancestor George Luppert, a German immigrant, founded the Keystone Furniture Company.

Valentine Charles LuppertGeorge’s son Valentine Charles Luppert, worked in his father’s factory as a carver and designer. It was Valentine who developed the Luppert friction hinge, a device used to hold a bureau’s mirror at different angles. Because of the great demand for the hinge and the inability of the furniture factory to keep up with requests for the same, the Keystone Friction Hinge Factory was formed in 1905. Valentine Luppert continued his entrepreneurial spirit, forming the Keystone Food Products Company, the Imperial Band Instrument Works, and the Park, Keystone and Rialto Theatres. The talk will be held in the recently refurbished Lumber Gallery at the Taber Museum.

For more information about Luppert’s talk, please call the Taber Museum at 570.326.3326. No reservations are necessary.