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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.

Native America Flute Making and Music to be the Topic at the Taber Museum

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society has announced its December Coffee Hour. It will feature Native American flute making and flute music as presented by Reade M. Holzbaur on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 10am in the Community Room of the Taber Museum. The program is free and open to the public.

This lecture is the final program of the 2014 Lecture Series which examined American Indian/Native American culture. The Lecture Series was sponsored by the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts, Inc.

Mr. Reade M. Holzbaur was born and raised in Trenton, NJ. He began his 41 year service to the U.S. military in 1966. His distinguished career began as a civil servant for the U.S. Air Force working in vehicle maintenance at McGuire AFB, followed by a Naval enlistment as a Machinist Mate aboard the USS Denebola, and finally returning to the civil service position at McGuire AFB where he eventually became the Vehicle Maintenance Officer and later the Vehicle Maintenance Superintendent for all of McGuire AFB. His leadership helped make successful the merger of the vehicle maintenance operations of McGuire AFB, Fort Dix and Lakehurst Naval Air station into a single operation — the first super base of its kind. For his many years of civilian service, he was presented with the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award — the highest civilian award the DOD offers.

In 2008, Reade and his wife Jeanette (Straley) Holzbaur, moved to Hughesville, PA to begin a quiet life of retirement. The move was unexpected as the area held neither friend nor family for them. Reade states of the move, “this is where the flutes led us.” He began collecting arrowheads and other Native American items from the time he was a young boy, but his deep fascination with the culture began in 2006 with his sudden and unexpected interest in flute making. His flutes are of a woodlands style, and he will give insight into this hauntingly beautiful sounding instrument through his artful playing as well as through his explanation about modern day flute making. He will compare the way he makes a flute today to the methods our native ancestors would use to accomplish such a feat.

For further information regarding the programming of the Historical Society, please call us at 570.326.3326. The museum is located at 858 West Fourth Street, Williamsport. Ample parking may be found to the rear of the building or on the street.

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