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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.

“Searching for the Life of Harriet Hemings”


“Searching for the Life of Harriet Hemings”, presented by PA Commonwealth Speaker Catherine Kerrison, will be co-hosted by the Lycoming County Genealogy Society and the Lycoming County Historical Society on Saturday, August 2 at 1 p.m. This presentation will be free and open to the public; and held in the Community Room of the Lycoming County Historical society.

Harriet Hemings, the second of Sally Hemings’ children, left Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and boarded a stage coach to Philadelphia, Kerrison photosometime in the 1820s. Catherine Kerrison’s presentation follows Hemings’ childhood and documents the search to locate a woman determined to disappear. So determined and successful was she that her identity as a fugitive slave was never discovered in her lifetime.
The guest speaker is Dr. Catherine Kerrison, a teacher of courses in Colonial and Revolutionary America, American Women’s History, Race and Gender at Monticello, and Historical Methodology at Villanova University.

This presentation is part of “Focus on the Underground Railroad”, a program of events and presentations by the Muncy Historical Society and members of the Historical Organizations of Lycoming County. It is made possible in part through donations and grants from the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau, the PA Council of Arts, PA Humanities Council, the Lycoming Mall, and private donors. For more information on the rest of this program, please visit

The Thomas T. Taber Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30a.m. to 4:00p.m., Saturday from 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. and Sundays from May 1 through October 31 from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. The museum is located at 858 West Fourth Street, Williamsport. There is ample parking behind the museum and on the street.

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