The Rest of the Story . . . Little Known Taber Treasures

Once the most numerous bird species in North America, the passenger pigeon population declined quickly over the course of the 19th century. The one in our collection work of Williamsport taxidermist Charles Eldon.
You have to admire archaeologists- whether they are professional or amateur. Most have the patience of Job and the sleuthing mind of Sherlock Holmes. But, patience is your strong suit and you slowly uncover this incredible artifact- an Otter effigy.
So what’s the story with the wedding cake topper from a previous post? It sat atop the cake for a somewhat unusual wedding.
This large clock dial and “Lady Justice” are some of the few remnants of Sloan's Lycoming County Courthouse.
One of the most beautiful objects in the museum is situated within the Decorative and Fine Arts Gallery, in close proximity to a Tiffany Studios stained glass window and a Severin Roesen still life painting. It is the work of native son Bernard Katz.
One of the more unusual artifacts in our Hall of Farming, Crafts, and Industry is this dog-powered butter churn. It’s a perfect example of the ingenuity of the county’s residents in creating labor-saving devices in the pre-mechanized era.
What a journey these artifacts have had, from their origins over 200 years ago to today, including over 100 years as part of our collection. Perhaps they are a reminder that, while no crisis lasts forever, history – and the people who make it – endures.
The Darling Pump and Manufacturing Company, Inc., was opened in Williamsport in 1888 in response to the successful extraction of oil from Pennsylvania land.
A 1919 Model T Ford that started its journey in Canada; during a road trip to Washington DC, it broke down and ultimately made its way into the hands of Ferd Page, Jr. of Williamsport. Ferd also founded the Williamsport Aero Club, a group dedicated to building and flying model airplanes.
Severin Roesen only lived in Williamsport a short time, but it was long enough for the community to claim him as their own. Roesen’s specialty was still life oil paintings of fruit and flowers, as practically every identified work by him is some combination of those two subjects.
For 65 years, the Journal has been documenting the history of Lycoming County. But this history had been lost, except to those with access to the Society’s archives, where some 89 issues of the Journal repose. That has changed as of February 2020, when the board of the Society authorized the digitalization and online publication of the entire collection of Journal issues,
At the Lycoming County Historical Society, a rocking chair can tell you a lot! But in looking at it more closely, it reveals a more sinister past.
Lycoming County has a rich industrial heritage and Trimtex stands as one of the leaders within the County. In fact, it was one of the leaders in the United States in the production of fabric trimmings.
Check out this rocking chair - it is a real oddity- it is covered in postage stamps!
While the Taber Museum is closed due to the current Coronavirus panic, let us try to bring some of the Taber's hidden treasures to you.