What's New at the Taber Museum?
We recently had a table at the 2013 Lycoming County Fair. To increase traffic around our table, we invited visitors to guess what the depicted artifact might be. Tyler Hinston correctly identified this object as an apparatus to stretch shoes to accommodate a painful bunion on your foot. It was created by the Enterprise Company, and patented in 1897!
Dr. Ryan T. Adams lectured on the topic “Food in Lycoming County: Prehistoric, Historic and Economic Context of Food Production,” at the Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society.
The Taber Museum’s first Coffee Hour for the 2013 season was Heather Hibbs, who addressed the tasks vital to the well-being of a nineteenth century family- that of cooking, baking, and canning.
On Sunday afternoon, October 21, 2012, a program of Stephen Foster (1826-1864) songs was presented by the Buffalo Valley Singers Quartet.
The October 11, 2012 Coffee Hour of the Taber Museum featured Wayne Sager speaking on “The Old 11th”.
The Taber Museum was recently awarded a grant from the Williamsport Lycoming Community Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania to support the installation of a fire suppression system throughout the museum.
Huzzah! Experience the sights, sounds and heritage of the West Branch Valley at the Lycoming County Historical Society’s YesterFest! 2012. This fund-raising festival took place on the grounds of the Taber Museum, on Saturday, September 29.
Peter Tomasak, Co-Author of ‘The Fishing Creek Confederacy: A Story Of Civil War Draft Resistance’ speaks at the Taber
The Taber Museum hosted its Society Program on Sunday, September 16, featuring Peter Tomasak, co-author of the book The Fishing Creek Confederacy: A Story of Civil War Draft Resistance. The book was released in October.
The Taber Museum hosted Bob Kane, Jr., on Thursday, September 13 who spoke on nineteenth century bottles from Williamsport and surrounding areas.
The Taber Museum was pleased to present Ann Diseroad on Sunday, August 19,2012. She spoke on Ladies’ Aid Societies of the Civil War Era and their efforts to raise money through the production of quilts and other textiles.
The Taber Museum was honored with a visit by the President — President Abraham Lincoln, that is, on Saturday, July 21, 2012.
The Taber Museum hosted its Society Program on Sunday, July 15, 2012 featuring John Lee, who portrayed Civil War Chaplain McCormick, of the Pennsylvania Bucktails.
The Taber Museum hosted its fourth Coffee Hour program on Thursday, June 14 with guest speaker John Deppen recounting the life of Major General Winfield Scott Hancock.
Guest speaker Lou Hunsinger, Jr., writer and journalist, presented his lecture on “Lycoming County During the Great Rebellion”.
The Lycoming County Genealogical Society and the Lycoming County Historical Society were pleased to present John P. Deeben, of the National Archives, on Saturday, May 19. A native of Sunbury, John is a Genealogy Archives Specialist with the Research Support Branch (RC-DC) at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.
Carolyn Ludwig as Tillie Pierce and Norman Ludwig as Provost Marshal Smith describe their experiences at Gettysburg, April 12, 2012.
On Thursday, March 8, John Hunsinger, retired educator, spoke on the Civil War Veteran’s organization, the Grand Army of the Republic and its local chapter, the Reno Post.
The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society has recently been notified that it is the recipient of two grants which will aid in marketing and the production of programming.
The second annual YesterFest! fundraiser was held on the grounds of the Taber Museum on Saturday, October 8, from noon to 6:00 p.m. Those who attended enjoyed touring the Taber Museum, historical demonstrations, children’s activities, games, live music, and other activities.
On Sunday, July 17, Robert E. Lee, III spoke on historical uses of the outhouse to a group of 20 very interested people. During the program, Mr. Lee talked about how outhouses, or privies, were often used to discard broken household items and items that families no longer wanted or needed.