Society Program: Privy To It: Historical Uses of the Outhouse
On Sunday, July 17, Robert E. Lee, III spoke on historical uses of the outhouse to a group of 20 very interested people. During the program, Mr. Lee talked about how outhouses, or privies, were often used to discard broken household items and items that families no longer wanted or needed. Sometimes, of course, items fell out of pockets or out of the hands of the occupants. He brought along many examples of artifacts recovered during archeological excavations of privy pits, including bottles, broken stoneware (crockery), marbles, doll’s heads, coins, and a set of false teeth! The audience kept Mr. Lee busy with many questions about this fascinating subject.
Military Gallery opening reception, April 12, 2011
The Taber Museum’s redesigned and expanded military gallery titled Voices from the Field, Voices from Home: Lycoming County’s Military History opened with a reception on April 12. This was the 150th anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter, which started the Civil War. Attendees enjoyed food and drink provided by LCHS Board members and took the opportunity to see the new exhibit, which highlights the experiences of Lycoming County residents during the nation’s military conflicts from the Revolution through today. This is our newest permanent exhibit, so please come by to take a look.
YesterFest! 2010 took place at the Taber Museum on September 25, 2010. Attendees enjoyed children’s activities, military re-enactors, craft vendors and a yard sale, music by local performers such as the Repasz Band, and much more.
Children’s Valentine and Leprechaun Workshops, February and March 2011
Children spent two afternoons at the Taber Museum creating craft projects. In February, they made Sailors’ Valentines by decorating wooden boxes and frames with seashells, and in March, they made leprechaun banks. Future workshops are planned, so keep watching the Events page for more information.
Children’s Spring Workshop, April 16, 2011
Children spent a rainy morning at the museum decorating Easter baskets with ribbons and beads, and painting non-edible animal cookies to put in them. Each child left us one animal to hang on an Easter tree, which is on display in the Taber Museum lobby.