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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 Museum Coffee Hour to Feature Author John L. Moore

John L. Moore 2013 # 43The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society will host John L. Moore, author and story-teller, at its monthly Coffee Hour on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 10 am in the Community Room of the museum. The obscure, but important role that the West Branch Valley played during the early years of the French and Indian War will be the topic of Mr. Moore’s lecture.

John L. Moore is a Northumberland writer who specializes in telling true stories about real people and actual events on the Pennsylvania Frontier. Moore will tell how French soldiers based in the Ohio River Valley and their Indian allies used a forest path that followed the West Branch from Lock Haven, Williamsport and Sunbury when they came east to raid the Pennsylvania settlements. At the same time, patrols from Fort Augusta at Sunbury came up the West Branch to scout and to occasionally attack Native American settlements.

A retired newspaperman, Moore has participated in several archaeological excavations of Native American sites. These include the Village of Nain in Bethlehem, Pa.; the City Island project in Harrisburg, Pa. conducted by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission; a Bloomsburg University dig in 1999 at a Native American site near Nescopeck, Pa.; and a 1963 excavation of the New Jersey State Museum along the Delaware River north of Worthington State Forest.

He has written and self-published seven books about the Pennsylvania Frontier. His new book is “Bullets, Boats & Bears.” His books are available in the Museum Store. Moore also writes for the Daily Item, published in Sunbury.

The Coffee Hour is part of the Museum’s Lecture Series which combines its Thursday morning Coffee Hours with its Sunday afternoon Society Programs. Continuing the Lecture Series, the Society Program for Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 2 pm, will feature Gary Fogelman, who will be speaking on the Clovis Culture. Coffee Hours are held on the second Thursday of each month March-June, September-December. The Society Programs are held on the third Sunday of each month, May-October. The Lecture Series’ programs are free and open to the public. The Taber Museum is located at 858 West Fourth Street, Williamsport. Ample parking is available behind the building or on the street.

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