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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.

Lycoming County Genealogical Society will host Russell and Corinne Earnest on Oct. 24


If you have an interest in Pennsylvania German genealogy and history, or in the beauty of one of the culture’s folk arts, be at the Thomas T. Taber Museum, 858 W. Fourth Street, Williamsport, on Saturday, October 24. At 1:00 p.m., the Lycoming County Genealogical Society will host Russell and Corinne Earnest, who will speak about fraktur in a presentation that includes color handouts. Fraktur are 18th and 19th century illuminated manuscripts and printed materials made by and for Pennsylvania Germans. The Earnests emphasize the genealogical value of these special documents, demonstrating the various kinds of fraktur and why family historians seek them out as primary sources. Questions from attendees are welcome; doors will open at 12:30 p.m. for refreshments.

In addition to co-authoring books about fraktur, the Earnests served as guest curators for a fraktur exhibit at the Heritage Center of Lancaster County in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (1997). In 1999, the Earnests were awarded for their work on fraktur by the Pennsylvania German Society. The Earnests have developed the largest fraktur reference library in existence, plus the most comprehensive surname indexes to genealogical data found on fraktur. In the course of their research, the Earnests have recorded over 30,000 fraktur and Pennsylvania-German Bible records in public and private collection.