John DeWald Williamsport- The Taber Museum will host a lecture on scrimshaw by John DeWald and a performance by the Williamsport Music Club at its final Coffee Hour for the year, Thursday, December 12, 2019, at 10am. The program is free and open to the public and is held in the Community Room of the museum.

The speaker is John DeWald, who has mastered the art of scrimshaw and produces elaborately-carved powder horns, eagerly sought by reenactors and collectors. He has earned the distinction as a ‘Master Horner’. DeWald was initially inspired by his father and began embellishing powderhorn with simple designs at the age of twelve.

DeWald’s lecture will be followed by a musical interlude by the Williamsport Music Club with a few selections which may bring to mind the theme of this year’s holiday exhibit, ‘When the Circus Comes to Town’. The exhibit features a Humpty Dumpty Circus created by the Schoenhut Manufacturing Company, carved wooden figures created by Ron Warren, vintage tin toys, carousel music boxes, Emmett Kelly figurines, circus posters, and other memorabilia from nationally-known circuses including Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey. The exhibit will continue through January 18, 2020.

During 2019, fifteen lectures at the Taber Museum focused on craftspeople, and collectors and collections of decorative arts. The Lecture Series was underwritten by a generous grant from the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts.

The museum is located at 858 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, and ample parking may be found on the parking lot behind the museum or on the street. For further information, please call 570.326.3326