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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.

Collections & Research

The Lycoming County Historical Society has an extensive collection, including approximately 17,000 objects and 2,000 cubic feet of archival material, all available for study. This collection is the starting point for anyone interested in the area’s history.

Our collections include:

  • an archives with over 2,000 rare documents and books, including deeds, maps, manuscript collections, local and county histories, city directories, ephemera and over 20,000 photographic images
  • costumes and textiles (over 2,000)
  • American Indian artifacts from our region, covering the Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Transitional, Woodland and Contact Periods (over 5,000)
  • industrial tools and implements dating from 1770 (over 5,000)
  • fine and decorative arts, furniture and toys dating from 1770 to 1990

We also have sports equipment, electronic and telecommunication equipment, personal artifacts and household objects, all providing a complete picture of life in Lycoming County.

To access this collection, you may contact us by phone, email (lchscurator@verizon.net) or regular mail to make arrangements either to do the research yourself or to have the staff do it for you. Fees for staff-conducted research are $25.00 for the first hour and $20.00 for each additional hour, for up to four hours. Fees for members of LCHS are $15.00 for the first hour and $10.00 for each additional hour.

Research Library

Research Library

There is also a reference library in the museum with both local & county history and an extensive collection of genealogical materials. This library is staffed by volunteer members of the Lycoming County Genealogical Society. It is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., or by appointment. Researchers should contact the museum to set up an appointment. If you would like someone to conduct family research for you, you may contact the Genealogical Society, either at the museum’s phone number (570-326-3326) or at the Genealogical Society’s email address: lycominglineage@gmail.com

*NEW*

Lycoming County Women’s History Collection
Williamsport Women: Voices, Images, Actions

The Lycoming County Women’s History Project makes available online materials related to the history of women in Lycoming County from the collections of the Lycoming County Historical Society, Lycoming College, and the James V. Brown Library. Documents selected highlight the history of local women in volunteer and reform organizations, education, the arts, the workplace, and private lives. The collection currently covers the time period 1875-1925, although that will expand as time and resources allow.

Search the Lycoming County Women’s History Collection for primary source materials, photographs, and newspaper articles.  www.lycoming.edu/orgs/lcwhc

Search the Women’s History Internet Archives book collection, which contains leaflets, yearbooks, histories, and other book-length material.  https://archive.org/details/lycomingwomen

Stitch in Time: Women Textile Workers in Central PA

A Stitch In Time features the stories of women who worked in textile mills and garment factories in central Pennsylvania. Historic photographs, animation, a local map and timeline, and a timeline of global events place their experiences in the broader history of the textile industry. The site is not intended to be a comprehensive history of the textile industry locally or globally; instead it provides a glimpse into a specific time and place.

Publications

The Journal of the Lycoming County Historical Society

VOLUME XLVII, Winter 2011/2012 Edition

  • “Treasure Comes in Many Forms”
    By: Robert E. Kane, Jr.

Robert Kane examines the history and architecture of a Williamsport residence at 162 East Third Street.

  • “A Common Canvas: Pennsylvania Post Office Art of the New Deal”
    By: David Lembeck

The story behind some of the government-sponsored murals found in Pennsylvania post offices, including the scene of local 18th century hero Rachel Silverthorne.

  • “William Colt, Newberry Cabinetmaker”
    By: Gary W. Parks, LCHS Director

Gary Parks examines the career of local cabinetmaker William Colt, along with a listing of Colt’s clients transcribed from a ledger in the LCHS archives.

  • “Eugene Landon, Master Craftsman: Insight into the Twenty-First Century Interest in Antiques and Reproductions”
    By: Kimberly Morris

A study of collecting habits, with a focus on the life and work of local woodworking master Eugene Landon.

VOLUME XLVI, Winter 2010/2011 Edition

  • “Juneteenth, Julia Collins & Exploring History: Digging for Lost Stories from a Changing Past”
    By: Dr. Mitch Kachun

In this article, Professor Kachun discusses the value of historical research and the story of his own discovery about the life of 19th century African American novelist Julia Collins, who lived and taught school in Williamsport in the 1860s. Under LCHS’s sponsorship, Julia Collins recently received recognition with a Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission marker located on the Susquehanna Riverwalk near the Hepburn Street dam. Dr. Mitch Kachun is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the History Department at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

  • “George Loring Brown’s Near Sunset: Bay of Naples: A Gem in the Park Home Collection”
    By: Dr. Amy Golahny

The Park Home, a personal care home formerly located at 800 West Fourth Street in Williamsport, housed a fine art collection acquired by local entrepreneur William “Bud” Stuart in the early 20th century. Many of this collection’s paintings, recently restored, are now on loan to the Taber Museum and exhibited in its art gallery. In this article, Professor Golahny examines one of the works, George Loring Brown’s Near Sunset: Bay of Naples. Professor Golahny teaches art history at Lycoming College in Williamsport.

  • “Lycoming County Women’s History Project: The Other Half of the Story”
    By: Janet McNeil Hurlbert & Mary L. Sieminski

In this article, Janet Hurlbert and Mary Sieminski outline a cooperative project focusing on women’s history and involving Lycoming College’s Snowden Library, Williamsport’s James V. Brown Library, and the Lycoming County Historical Society. The project resulted in the creation of an on-line repository of archival material. The article not only explains how the project came about and who was involved, but also describes some of the holdings of each organization that are included in the repository. Janet McNeil Hurlbert is the director of the Snowden Library and Mary L. Sieminski is manager of the Lycoming County Women’s History Project.

The Journal is a membership benefit. Copies may also be purchased by contacting the Lycoming County Historical Society. Availability of complete issues may be limited, but specific articles can be copied. Click on the Gift Shop link on the left side of this page to see a list of other publications available.

List Of Journals

Issue Main Topic Author
Fall 1955, Vol. I, No.2 Sketch of the Life of Gen. John Burrows of Lycoming County General John Burrows
Spring 1956, Vol. I. No. 3 Ocean Voyage of the Kiess Family — The Diary George Kiess
Fall 1956, Vol. I, No.4 Memories of Wild Life On Young Woman’s Creek Henry W. Shoemaker
Spring 1957, Vol I, No. 5 Early Lumbering in Cogan House Township Milton Landis
Winter 1958, Vol I, No. 8 What Lumbering Meant to the U.S.A. Dr. Lewis E. Theiss
Spring 1958, Vol. 1, No. 7 Fort Augusta: What It Meant to the Pioneers of the Susquehanna Valley Dr. Lewis E. Thiess
Summer 1959, Vol. I, No. 9 Freedom Road Ralph L. Lester
Winter 1959, Vol I, No.10 The Williamson Road Charles G. Webb
Summer 1960, Vol. II, No.1 Life in a Small Town Mrs. J. Wesley Little
Winter 1961, Vol. II, No. 4 The Great Runaway of 1778 Helen H. Russell
Summer 1962, Vol. II, No.5 The Susquehanna Boom Gibson Antes
Winter 1963, Vol. II, No. 7 The Culbertson Path Carlton E. Fink
Spring 1963, Vol II, No. 6 Stump Pulling in Cogan House Township 1890 — 1930 Berton E. Beck, D.D.S.
Summer 1966, Vol III, No. 1 To The West For Gold William H. Chamberlin
Spring 1968, Vol V, No. 1 Local History As A Hobby Rev. Charles F. Berkheimer, D.D.
Spring 1969, Vol VI, No. 1 Life of John Bartram Richard L. Mix
Fall 1973, Vol IX, No. 2 Sequoyah of the Cherokees Gladys A. Tozier
Spring 1975, Vol XI, No. 1 The Story of Peter Herdic  
Spring 1982, Vol XVIII, No 1 Early Episodes in Williamsport’s History Paul Gilmore
Fall 1984, Vol XX, No. 2 Some Important Milestones in Lycoming County Archaeology James P. Bressler
Spring 1985, Vol XXI, No. 1 John Alden Knight and the Solunar Tables  
Fall 1985, Vol XXII, No. 2 Unraveling the Wertman Site Mysteries James P. Bressler
Winter 1986, Vol XXIV, No. 2 “Stilling Birch” in Cogan House Township Carl B. Taylor
Summer 1987, Vol XXV, No 1 Tom Fausett (The Record of a Trifle Lone Tragedy) Henry W. Shoemaker
Summer 1988, Vol XXVII, No. 1 Gifford Pinchot Pioneer Conservationist — Part I Stephanie Zebrowski
Winter 1988, Vol XXVIII, No. 2 Gifford Pinchot Pioneer Conservationist — Part II Stephanie Zebrowski
Winter 1988, Vol XXVI, No 2 The Last Hanging in Lycoming County Everett Rubendall
Summer 1989, Vol XXIX, No. 1 Debunking a Myth — Were There Really Buffalo in Pennsylvania? Stephanie Zebrowski
Summer 1990, Vol XXXI, No. 1 Regional Industries and Environmental Impact Julia Gano
Winter 1990, Vol XXXII, No. 2 A Death Shout (A Story of the Senecas) Henry W. Shoemaker
Winter 1992, Vol XXXIV, No. 1 Excavation of a Shenks Ferry Habitation Complex on Canfield Island,… James P. Bressler
Summer 1995, Vol XXXV, No. 1 Personal Journal of Evan Russell Captain Evan Russell
Winter 1996, Vol XXXVI, No. 1 John Hazel: The Wizard Cornetist John Hunsinger
Fall 1997, Vol XXXVII, No. 1 A Path of Discovery: Reevaluating Pennsylvania
Prehistory
Mark E. Stamm
Winter 1997/98, Vol XXXVII, No. 2 The Park Home Collection – Special Edition  
Fall 1998, Vol XXXVIII, No. 1 The John Sloan Collection  
Fall/Winter 1999 Floods – Refugee Camp at Brandon Park, 1889 Flood  
Vol XXXIX, 2000/2001, No. 1 An Historical Walking Tour of Millionaires’ Row  
Winter 2001/2002 Grand Tours and Artistic Friendships
Art from the Thomas T. Taber Museum and Park Home Collections
 
2002/2003, Vol XL, No. 1 Remembrances of September 11, 2001  
2003, Vol XLI Historical Walking Tour of Downtown Williamsport  
Winter 2004/2005, Vol XLII Women at Work in North-Central Pennsylvania Alison Hirsch, Ph.D.
2007, Vol XLIII The Birth of a Historical Society Sandra Rife
2008, Vol XLIV – Tracking the Fate of Private John Richner, a
Pennsylvania Volunteer in the Civil War- Maple Street A.M.E. Zion Church, Williamsport, PA- The Marbles of the James V. Brown Library
– Mark E. Richner withBrian R. Mathias- Louisa M. Stone– Dr. Amy Golahny
Winter 2009/2010, Vol XLV -The Stained Glass Windows of Williamsport-A Walking Tour of Ten Churches from East to West Dr. Amy Golahny
Winter 2010/2011, Vol XLVI -Juneteenth, Julia Collins & Exploring History-George Loring Brown’s Near Sunset: Bay of Naples-Lycoming County Women’s History Project -Dr. Mitch Kachun
-Dr. Amy Golahny
-Janet McNeil Hurlbert &
-Mary L. Sieminski
Winter 2011-2012, Vol XLVII -Treasure Comes in Many Forms
-A Common Canvas: Pennsylvania Post Office Art of the New Deal
-William Colt, Newberry Cabinetmaker
-Eugene Landon, Master Craftsman
-Robert E. Kane, Jr.
-David Lembeck
-Gary W. Parks
-Kimberly Morris
Winter 2012-2013, Vol XLVIII   -Jewels & Needles: Studies of 19th Century Women -Adding new jewels to her coronet: The Remarkable Career of Juliet Lewis Campbell
Civil War Quilts and Care Packages: Support for Soldiers from the Women at Home -Unraveling the Embroidery Thread: The Margaret Clark Needlework SamplerThe Largest Stock and Lowest Prices… Jewelry and Watches in Nineteenth
Century Williamsport
-Timothy Lorson
-Ann F. Diseroad
-Corinne Brister
-Gary W. Parks