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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.

Yesterfest! 2012

September 13, 2012; Williamsport – Huzzah! Experience the sights, sounds and heritage of the West Branch Valley at the Lycoming County Historical Society’s YesterFest! 2012. This fund-raising festival takes place on the grounds of the Taber Museum, 858 West Fourth Street in Williamsport on Saturday, September 29, noon to 5:00 p.m., rain or shine.

YesterFest! 2012 offers activities for people of all ages and includes artisans demonstrating and selling their crafts, a Civil War encampment, American Indian culture and lore, members of a medieval reenactment group, historical demonstrations, musical performances, children’s games and activities, crafters, and delicious food.

This is the Historical Society’s only annual fund-raising event. An entrance fee — $4 adults, $1 children, $10 family — includes admission to the Taber Museum and all its exhibits.

Activities for children include a rock climbing wall, face painting, fossil rubbing, the Victorian pastime of croquet, and log sawing and stamping. The North Central Chapter #8 of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology will offer a mock archaeological dig. The Lycoming County Genealogical Society will teach children about the art of fraktur, a style of recording vital records typical of those of Pennsylvania German heritage. Susquehanna Shutterbugs will provide a photographic exercise for the young and the young at heart.

Throughout the day, visitors may enjoy folk music by Bruce and Lucy Henry on the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer, violin solos by Leah Nason, and sax and guitar solos by Doug McMinn, among other musical entertainments. Sean Farley will play some tunes and demonstrate the constructing of a guitar. Sarmite Judson will showcase a quilt display and Frank Ulman and John Hunsinger will give steam train demonstrations.

Knight Confer Funeral HomeEvent sponsors include Advanced Real Estate Settlement Services, Inc., Akins Welding Service, Bullfrog Brewery, Faxon Cleaners, Fish Real Estate, Hilsher Graphics, Lamar Advertising of Williamsport, Sovereign Bank, Tebbs Farms & Greenhouses, The Muncy Bank and Trust Company, Sovereign Bank and VanCampen Motors.

Event supporters include Home Service Beverage Company, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Rainbow Carpet Cleaning and Fire Restoration, and Thompson’s Packing Company.

For information, phone 326.3326 or visit the LCHS website at www.tabermuseum.org.