The Taber Museum hosted a Society Program on Sunday, August 15, 2021, featuring Earl and Valerie Mowrey speaking on ‘Early Automotive Enterprises in Lycoming County.’ The Mowreys talked about the development of the Lycoming motor which graced cars including the Auburn and the Duesenberg.Seventy-six guests enjoyed the presentation. The highlight wat the Mowreys' 1905 Cadillac which was displayed in the front yard of the Museum - emerald green with brass fittings.
Valarie and Earl Mowrey Jr of Montoursville are graduates of Williamsport Area Community College. Earl earned a degree in Architecture and has been employed at Penn College as an Adjunct Instructor for 21 years. Valarie earned a degree in Radiologic Technology and currently is employed by the Montoursville Area School District. They were the second generation to have owned Mowrey Contractors LLC, which in 2022 will celebrate its 70th year in business. Their son currently owns the business.
Earl is currently the President of the Susquehannock Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) and previously served 3 years on the Board of Directors for the National Antique Automobile Club of America. Valarie currently serves as the Membership Chairperson of the Susquehannock Region of AACA and volunteers at the Thomas T. Taber Museum. In addition, they are both current members of several car clubs: the Ford Model A, Ford V-8, Jaguar, and Vintage Sports Car Club of America. Both write articles for several car club newsletters and have a keen fascination in all things automotive.
The Lecture Series combines the Sunday afternoon programs with Thursday morning Coffee Hours. The lecture series is generously sponsored by the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts.