What's New at the Taber Museum?
On Monday, October 24, the Manor Hall Dollhouse had visitors. Dr. Nicholas and Mrs. Annette Finnis had traveled from Christ Church, New Zealand to view the dollhouse built by his grandfather Mowbray Ernest Finnis in the 1930s and given to the museum by Dr. Michael and Mrs.Rickie Gross in 2011.
The Williamsport Gesang Verein Harmonia Chorus, under the direction of Michael J. Connor, was featured at the Taber Museum’s October Society Program on Sunday, October 16, 2016.
Human Form & Beyond was the title of the 2016 exhibition from the talented students of the Dr. June E. Baskin Visual Arts Fund 2016 Art Camp. The exhibition was displayed in September 2016.
Janet Hurlbert was the featured speaker at the September, Taber Museum, Thursday morning Coffee Hour, speaking about Mary Landon Russell’s impact on the musical heritage of Lycoming County.
At its Society Program on Sunday, September 18, 2016, James and Joanne Ertel discussed Thomas Edison’s invention of the phonograph.
At its August 21, 2016 Society Program, the Taber Museum presented the River Valley Singers performing the music of Robert Lowry.
It took so long to arrive. And then it was gone so quickly. But oh boy did we have fun at the Bottles & Brews IV fundraiser on August 12!
Lycoming County Historical Society History Day Camp featured a World War theme. Day Camp ran from August 1-5, 2016.
The week of puzzlement at the Lycoming County Fair is finally over. The historical artifact from the Taber Museum’s collection that was on display has been identified. It is . . . an asparagus server!
On Sunday, July 17, 2016, the Taber Museum presented a program featuring the Repasz Band. The program included a short history of the Repasz Band by Director Al Nacinovich. Interspersed throughout the history ‘lecture’, an ensemble drawn from the Band performed a number of musical pieces.
In conjunction with the Sesquicentennial celebration of Williamsport’s City Charter, granted in 1866, the Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society hosted a series of mini lectures on July 2, 2016.
Famous storyteller Mark Twain made an appearance at Ways Garden on Saturday, July 2, 2016. Twain had not visited since he lectured on New Year’s Eve 1869 at the new Ulman Opera House.
YesterShoppe! serves as one of the fundraisers held throughout the year to support the museum and its operations. The sale provided over $910 in much needed funds to the museum
In the Spring of 2016, board member and master botanist Larry Fryda, made a number of the baby voodoo lilies available for adoption - and also to help the Taber Museum.
The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society’s May program featured Van Wagner, a regional storyteller and musician, who presented the ‘Tall Timber & Log Rafting Heritage Program’ followed by his popular musical tribute to the logging and lumbering heritage of Pennsylvania. The free program was well attended by more than 50 people.
On Thursday, May 12, The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society hosted a performance by Matthew Dodd, who presRR-Poster1ented ‘Songs and Stories of Old Railroad Days’. The event was well attended, with more than 50 members of the public present.
The ghost of Prince Farrington may have been lurking behind the bar at Farrington Place on Saturday, April 30, 2016. CasinoEvil celebrated the Roaring Twenties with a night of food, liquid spirits and games of chance, all as a fundraiser to benefit the Lycoming County Historical Society and Preservation Williamsport.
Lauren Brandenburg, a senior at Loyalsock High School, was named the winner of the 2016 Richard L. and Miriam L. Swan Mix Student Historian Award. The award was presented by former Board President John Raymond, at the 2016 Society annual meeting. Read the winning essay!
Each year the President of the Board of Governors recognizes one of the Taber Museum’s volunteers for the honor of “Volunteer of the Year.” Of course, the Museum and its activities would be lost without its dedicated and hard working volunteers. This year’s winner of the President’s Volunteer award is Glenn Williams. He was recognized at the Lycoming County Historical Society’s 2016 annual meeting.
It looks like it might have been underneath the peak of a former home….