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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.

“Pennsylvania barn stories” the topic of Taber Museum’s next Coffee Hour

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society has announced its June coffee hour which will be held on Thursday, June 11 at 10 am in the Community Room of the Taber. Professor (retired) R. Thomas Berner will be relating Pennsylvania barn stories.

Professor Berner is a ninth-generation Pennsylvanian, descended from Swiss-Germans who arrived in Philadelphia in 1733. Members of his extended family still farm in Schuylkill County.

As Berner traveled his native Pennsylvania, he couldn’t help but notice the abundance of barns. This led to a three-year, self-financed quest to find stories about barns and photograph them. Finally settling on thirty- six barns in twenty-three counties, he published the fascinating stories in his Pennsylvania Barn Stories. At the coffee hour, he will be relating some of the barn stories.

The lecture is part of the 2015 lecture series entitled “Tidbits of History”. To be included in the year-long activities are: Shane Collins relating the tragedy of Allegheny Flight 371 on Sunday, June 21; Betsy Koons Robertson, who served as Deputy Press Secretary for Nancy Reagan, speaking on ‘The Reagan Years’ on Sunday, September 20; and clock expert Jim Zerfing to talk about the clock at Trinity Episcopal on Thursday, October 8. 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 or visit follow us on Facebook. 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.