October Coffee Hour: The Clock at Trinity Episcopal Church
The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society has announced its October coffee hour which will be held on Thursday, October 8 at 10 am in the Community Room of the Taber. “The Clock at Trinity Episcopal Church, Williamsport, PA.,” will be the topic of the lecture as presented by Jim Zerfing and Tom Henninger.
For more than forty years, Jim Zerfing has wound and maintained the clock which is situated in the clock tower of Trinity Episcopal Church, 844 West Fourth Street. Zerfing has accumulated slides taken over the last forty years which have been converted to a powerpoint presentation. “If you ever wondered what is behind the dial up there and how did they get it there?,” Zerfing states, “you will see what it is like to climb all those steps and see what the people who built the church saw, without ever leaving your seat in the museum”. During the years, many changes have taken place to both the clock and tower. Attendees will see some of the changes and hear stories as to who, when and why. Architects Fred Thorn and Eber Culver designed the church and its 218 foot spire and entrepreneur Peter Herdic donated the land. The church was consecrated on February 22, 1876.
Jim Zerfing and Tom Henninger are both members of Susquehanna Chapter 193 in Williamsport of the National Association of Clock and Watch Collectors, Inc.
The lecture is part of the 2015 lecture series entitled “Tidbits of History”. To be included in the year-long activities are: Beverley Conrad, who will be playing the fiddle and telling chilling ghost stories on Sunday, October 18 at 2pm and Fiona Powell, radio personality, who will be speaking on the fascinating life of Joseph Parry, ironworker and music composer, on Thursday, November 12 at 10am. .A special event is the appearance of Benjamin Franklin, as portrayed by Mile ‘Mike’ Kochan on Sunday, October 11 at 2pm. All the events are free and open to the public. The lecture series is supported by a generous grant from the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts, Inc.
For more 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.