Stearns BellWilliamsport: The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society will present as its holiday exhibit, Shopping During the Holidays: The L.L. Stearns Department Store, from Saturday, December 3, 2022 until Saturday, January 31, 2023.

LL Stearns

Thanks to the generosity of the late Nancy Stearns and her four daughters, the Museum is able to present this exhibit. The Community Room will be stocked with memorabilia from the downtown department store, which flourished from 1889 to 1994. Among the items on display will be the bell which swung over shoppers’ heads and is being ridden by a little girl (or elf?), the portrait of L.L. Stearns, photographs, boxes and shopping bags, merchandise, advertisements, clothing and a few surprises! Many of the items donated by the Stearns family have not been seen since the store closed.

LL Stearns Department Store

The museum, located at 858 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 9:30am until 4:00pm and Saturdays, 11:00am until 4:00pm. Admission is charged. For more information about the museum, please contact the museum at 570.326.3326.