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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.

Loyalsock High School Senior is 2016 Student Historian

John Raymond presenting Student Historian Award to Lauren Brandenburg

John Raymond presenting Student Historian Award to Lauren Brandenburg.

Annual Award Renamed in Honor of Richard L. and Miriam L. Swan Mix

Education of our young people is one of the goals of the Lycoming County Historical Society. To that end, several years ago the Society established a yearly award for a local “student historian.”

Lauren Brandenburg, a senior at Loyalsock High School, was named the winner of the 2016 Student Historian Award. The award was presented by former Board President John Raymond, at the 2016 Society annual meeting. Lauren was given a certificate and a $500 prize.

Lauren Brandenburg

2016 Richard L. and Miriam L. Swan Mix Student Historian.

John Raymond also announced that the award was renamed in honor of local historians Richard L. and Miriam L. Swan Mix.  Both were teachers, authors and speakers on Lycoming County history, as well as active volunteers with the Society and in the community, who advocated for the preservation of local history.  Richard died in February of this year. Miriam died in 2008.

Entrants in the Student Historian contest wrote a paper, focused on the topic, “The Taber-Today and Tomorrow” and answered the question ‘How is the past (as displayed at the Taber Museum) connected to the present and to the future?” The student was required to view an object or exhibit within the museum and respond to several questions concerning the composition of the object, if there is a counterpart in use today, and do the objects differ and how are they similar?

Lauren’s presentation, “One-Stop Shop,” was selected by a team of museum judges, from nine entries submitted by local high school seniors. She wrote on the Ralston General Store exhibit, comparing the store to its current counterpart, WalMart. READ THE ESSAY HERE.

Lauren is planning to attend Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College this fall.