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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 Historical Society’s Society Program Hosted A Civil War Widow

Williamsport — The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society hosted its Society Program on Sunday, June 17 at 2 pm, featuring Maxine Getty, who portrayed a Civil War widow. As a “Lady in Mourning” and appearing in period dress of the 1860s, she shared the custom of mourning, who mourns and the time and etiquette involved. As Maxine went through the arduous custom, she provided a very real picture of what life was like for women in the mid nineteenth century.

Maxine brought with her a display of antique and reproduction items used for women in mourning as well as other items found in the households of the time. She has tied her program with the life of Rebecca Cameron, widow of the late Colonel James Cameron, Commander of the 79th New York State Militia Volunteers, or Highlanders. Maxine’s husband David appeared in full dress uniform as a Highlander.

Maxine has been doing historical impressions for the past 18 years. She became interested in living history while accompanying her husband to reenactments where she realized there was little for and about women. Maxine currently teaches at the Empire State Colleges Life Long Learning Program. Her speaking and teaching experiences come from her career in the US Air Force. She was for many years a recruiter and an instructor at the Leadership School where she taught Military History and Drill and Ceremonies. She retired from the Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant with 26 years.

Combining the Thursday morning Coffee Hours with its Sunday afternoon Society Programs, the Lecture Series explored aspects of the U.S. Civil War. Historical organizations throughout the country were honoring the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which began in 1861 and ended in 1865.

The program was free and open to the public. The ‘Civil War Widow’s’ presentation was graciously sponsored by the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts. Parking was available in the parking lot behind the museum or on the street. The museum is located at 858 West Fourth Street, Williamsport. For more information, please visit our website at