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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.

Taber Coffee Hour to Host Robert Webster

The General Store

The General Store

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society has announced the topic of its December 12th Coffee Hour. The museum will play host to historian Robert Webster who will be talking about ‘The General Store’. The talk will begin at 10am in the Community Room of the Taber Museum. Mr. Webster’s talk is free and open to the public.

Robert Webster has recently been honored for his sixty years as an educator by the establishment of a scholarship named after him by the East Lycoming Historical Society. He began his career at a one-room schoolhouse in Mazeppa, Union County, until he transferred to Hughesville in 1955. For many years, he served on the school board of the East Lycoming School District. He has lectured widely on many topics of historical interest including the influence on America of Henry Ford & the Model T, which he presented to the Taber Museum in 2011.

The General Store in the United States served as a focal point in every small town, where a customer could buy anything from a pound of nails to several yards of calico fabric. A checkerboard was often set up in one corner of the store. It was a place for folks to pick up their mail, exchange recipes, learn of agricultural advances, and report the latest in gossip.

The lecture is the last in a series of lectures held throughout 2013 focusing on eating and drinking. The lecture series was graciously sponsored by a generous grant from the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts, Inc.

The museum is located at 858 West Fourth Street. Ample parking may be found to the rear of the building and on the street. For further information regarding the programming at the Taber Museum, please call at 570.326.3326 or visit the website at