Lycoming County Historical Society Opens Summer Exhibit: “Sacrifices of War”
The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society has opened their summer exhibit this June focusing on the sacrifices residents of Lycoming County made during times of war. The exhibit is entitled “Sacrifices of War” and was curated by summer intern Jack Abbate from Lycoming College and Museum Director Gary Parks. The exhibit runs through August 30.
The display includes artifacts from the museum’s permanent collection ranging from weapons to ration books. Several cookbooks are included, suggesting the use of ‘substitutes’ for items that were rationed including butter and sugar. Some of the more intriguing pieces are the numerous uniforms and propaganda posters on display. The uniforms belonged to Lycoming County natives and represent several different wars. Sergeant Andrew R. Spath from the Spanish American War, Sergeant Harold L. Bierly from World War II, and Lieutenant Ernestine Kielwein who also served in World War II.
The propaganda posters on display were used in both World Wars I and II. They were used to encourage the American public to buy war bonds in order to help financially unstable soldiers returning from war. The exhibit highlights the soldiers, however, through personal accounts and further research the exhibit provides extensive information on rationing, communications, and life in Lycoming County during times of war. The exhibit complements the museum’s permanent exhibit which discusses military history from the Revolutionary War through the conflict in the Persian Gulf.
The museum is located at 858 West Fourth Street, Williamsport. It is open for touring Tuesdays through Fridays, 9:30am until 4:00pm, Saturdays, 11am until 4pm; and Sundays, 1pm until 4pm. Group tours are welcome, but should be booked in advance. Admission is charged. There is ample parking behind the museum and on the street. For further information, please call 570.326.3326.
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