Gary SmithWilliamsport- The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society will host a Society Program on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm in its Community Room. Gary Smith, of Smith’s Jewelers in Montoursville, will be presenting an intriguing talk, “Romanov or Rip Off”. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Gary Smith trained in Asia and Europe as a master goldsmith in the repair and restoration of antique jewelry and artifacts. In addition to goldsmithing, he has an accredited gemological laboratory since 1998 and the only forensic laboratory dedicated to the jewelry industry. “In addition to litigation support, consulting and expert witness testimony,” Mr. Smith notes, “I am an accredited senior appraiser with the designation of Master Gemologist Senior Appraiser from the American Society of Appraisers with over 40 years of experience as a teacher, lecturer and appraiser of gems and jewelry for private clientele, banks, insurance companies, legal firms, and the State of Pennsylvania Treasury Department. As a Forensic Gemologist, I have worked with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.” The title of his lecture refers to a current project, apparently involving the Romanov family. Czar Nicholas II was the last Romanov to serve as the head of Russian imperial government before he and his family were executed during the Russian Revolution of 1917.

The Society Program continues a series of lectures which focus on the craftspeople, decorative arts, collections and collecting. As the Society Program coincides with the third Sunday of the month, admission to the museum is free. The Lecture Series combines the Sunday afternoon programs with Thursday morning Coffee Hours. On Sunday, October 27, the museum will host Steve Mihaly speaking on “Marketing the Presidency: A Visual Tour of 125 Years of Presidential Artifacts.” The presentation coincides with the last Sunday the museum will be open for touring until May 2020. The lecture series is generously sponsored by the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts.

Located at 858 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, the Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society provides a history of the region with information about Native American culture, frontier exploration, the development of the Pennsylvania canal, immigration during the 19th century, and the logging and lumbering era of the nineteenth century. As well, the Taber Museum houses the world-class Larue Shempp Model Train Collection. The museum is open for touring Tuesdays through Fridays, 9:30am until 4:00pm; Saturdays, 11:00am until 4:00pm and Sundays (May through October), 1:00pm until 4:00pm . There is ample parking behind the museum and along the street. For further information, please contact the museum at 570.326.3326