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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.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Exhibit Continues

SantaSanta Claus has arrived at the Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society. However, he did not slide down the chimney, he came in through the front doors and side doors and was accompanied by the many donors who have loaned their Santa Clauses to the exhibit. The exhibit, which opened on Saturday, December 3, will continue through Saturday, January 14, 2017. Admission is charged to view the exhibit.

The exhibit features one hundred nine Santas on loan from members of the community. Featured are the old and new, Collectors’ items and some unusual renditions of the ‘jolly old elf’. The oldest item in the exhibit is a cloth Santa based on the Thomas Nast artistic rendering of Santa as published in Harper’s Weekly, 1855. Utilizing the Nast rendition as inspiration, Edward Peck of Brookyn, New York patented a soft cloth doll in 1886. The toy was a cut and sew Santa, which was then stuffed with cotton and animal hair, creating a pillow-like toy. Another unusual Santa is a glass figural bottle filled with vintage blueberries. Several mechanical Santas are included in the exhibit, including a Santa which greeted visitors on the fourth floor of L.L. Stearns Department Store in downtown Williamsport in the 1950s. Collectors’ editions include those made by Sue Miller, Sharon Bronson Tishler of Benton, Beverly Goodrich, Linda M. Horn, Kay Stamm of Mifflinburg, Jan Yantz of Jersey Shore, Jennifer Motter, Jackie Thomas of Williamsport, and Dave Eldreth.

Santa Exhibit

The following individuals have loaned their Santas for the display: Susan Baker, Josette Betzer, Patty Bowman, Bob Cardillo, Joan Crawford, Elaine Cressman, Bonnie Crossley, Pat Damaska, Phyllis Dyer, Greg Forsburg, Sally Hilsher, Bruce Huffman, Gail Landers, Amy Pagana, the Parker Collection, Gary Parks, Deb Parsons, Marc Pompeo, Scott Sagar, Paulette Seitzer, Julie Stellfox, Jackie Thomas, Lori Wagner, Patricia Wheeland, and Diana Yaw.

The museum is open for touring Tuesday through Friday, 9:30am until 4:00pm and Saturday, 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. The museum will be closed December 24-26