Stearns sisters at the holiday display

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society presented its holiday exhibit, Shopping During the Holidays: The L.L. Stearns Department Store, from December 3, 2022, to January 31, 2023. The exhibit was extremely popular with folks who remembered the Williamsport landmark that closed in 1984.

Stearns Bell

Thanks to the generosity of the late Nancy Stearns and her four daughters, the Museum was able to present this exhibit. The Community Room was stocked with memorabilia from the downtown department store, which flourished from 1889 to 1984. Among the items on display were 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, and clothing. Many of the items donated by the Stearns family had not been seen since the store closed.

If you missed the exhibit, you have a second chance to get a taste of the historic material that was displayed at the Taber Museum during the exhibit, with the images below.