‘Winter White’ comes to a close
‘Winter White’ was the title of the holiday exhibit at the Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society. The exhibit opened on December 5 and continued through Saturday, January 17, 2015. The exhibit featured a number of christening gowns, baby dresses, wedding gowns, and quilts from the permanent collections of the Lycoming County Historical Society.
The christening gowns were extremely elegant with an overall length of three or four feet. Embellished with lace, embroidery, tucking, and eyelet lace, the gowns were often passed from one generation to the next to be utilized at the baby’s christening. One gown was worn by Mason H. Blaisdell; born to Caroline and John Blaisdell in 1884 at 641 Cherry Street, Williamsport. Another was worn by Boyd Cummings Caldwell, Jr., born April 23, 1883.
The wedding dresses were a small sampling of the elegant bridal dresses housed within the textile collection of LCHS. The wedding dress of Lois Jean Myers Hostrander, recently donated to the museum, was fashioned from a parachute. The parachute was used by Royce G. Hostrander while in the Service during World War II. The earliest wedding gown on display was most probably worn by Chrissie Plankenhorn when she married her cousin Charles Plankenhorn in 1873. Other gowns displayed were worn by brides Dorothy Scheafer (Mrs. Glenn) Good, Mary Soars Pealer, Jane (Mrs. Paul V.) Adams, Irene Fantaskey (Mrs. John D.) Burd, Dorothy (Mrs. Robert) Maples, and Victoria Arnold (Mrs. Robert) Grodski on their wedding day.
A component of the exhibit involved members of the public. Community members were invited to design a snowflake for inclusion in the exhibit. Any age could have participated. Visitors to the exhibit voted for their favorite snowflake made by a child (12 years or younger) as well as their favorite snowflake made by an adult (13 years or older).
A snowflake maker in each category who received the most votes received a prize. With over 70 participants, and in excess of a hundred and forty community votes, the snowflake project was a wonderful success!
On Saturday, January 17, 2015 participants enjoyed a small reception which included refreshments and free admission, at the end of which winners were announced.
Under 12 Category
First prize male: Thomas Vilello IV (8 years old)
Thomas Vilello IV stands under his first place snowflake
Runner up: Kelly Showers, 6th grade (From Mrs. Sampsell’s art class at Montgomery Elementary School)
First prize female: Jocelyn Stone (4 years old, from Montgomery 4H)
Over 12 Category:
Tim Bryant stands next to his snowflake, one of three submissions!
For further information regarding the programming of the Historical Society, please call us at 570.326.3326 or 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.