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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.

Society to Host Program on PA Grange

Eagle Grange

Eagle Grange

In 1871, farmer Luke Eger read with eagerness material concerning the cooperative farming groups which were developing in the western United States. The farmers banded together, feeling that they were taken advantage of by the railroad system which shipped many of their goods at elevated or unfair prices. As well, the farmers felt the need for cooperative purchasing and rural free delivery. A Minnesota farmer, Oliver Hudson Kelley was instrumental in forming the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, which became known as the National Grange.

Following the lead of Kelley, Eger was prompted to rally his neighbors and fellow farmers into organizing Eagle Grange #1 in Montgomery, the first in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Eagle Grange building was erected in 1887. The Pennsylvania State Grange was organized two years after the Eagle Grange was formed, in 1873.

Grange Stamp

Grange Stamp

As it is the third Sunday of the month, admission to the museum is free. The entire museum will be open for touring. At the meeting, it will be assessed if there is sufficient interest to sponsor a field trip to the Eagle Grange (at a later date).

The lecture series, which combines Thursday morning Coffee Hours (March-June, September-December) with the Sunday afternoon Society programs, is highlighting the pleasures of eating and drinking. The Society program in September will feature Roger Shipley speaking on the beautiful still lifes of 19th century artist Severin Roesen. That lecture will occur on Sunday, September 15. The entire lecture series is graciously sponsored by a grant from the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts.

Parking is 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 www.tabermuseum.org.