Muncy Historical Society and Museum of History, a not-for-profit, all volunteer organization founded in 1936, focuses on preservation and conservation of the rich history and heritage of Muncy and surrounding communities – its people, businesses, education, arts, traditions and folklore – by sponsoring educational programs and activities, through research and publication of our history, and interpretation of the museum’s collection for the community, including schools, colleges, community groups and professional historians. Continue reading “Welcome”
Muncy Historical Society hosted the rededication ceremony of the official state historical marker commemorating the site of Fort Muncy on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, at the marker’s permanent location along Lycoming Mall Drive/State Route 2014 (GPS Coordinates N41°14.216’ by W76°49.762’). The marker was designed under the direction of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and was privately funded by the Lycoming Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Tiadaghton Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.
By the spring of 1778, the Revolution was already three years’ duration in terms of the outbreak of open hostilities following Lexington and Concord. The British had to rely on loyalist troops, Indians and mercenaries to help fight this war. Even so, British forces were not large enough to defeat rebel armies, occupy coastal cities, blockade coast lines, and regain control of the interior. Consequently, British strategy became threefold: 1) destroy frontier granaries supplying Washington’s armies; 2) keep men on the rebel frontier and away from the main rebel army; and 3) utilize provincial forces, like loyalists, and Indian allies to accomplish the first two aims. Continue reading “Fort Muncy Site Rededicated”
Spend a weekend in historic Muncy!
Always more than a Quilt Show – in 2017, featuring EDYTA SITAR, a internationally-recognized accomplished quilt and fabric designer and author, along with a national challenge, diversity and artistic interpretation, all highlights of Muncy Quilt Show!
13th Annual Quilt Show & Exhibition
July 14-15, 2017
The quaint and beautiful river town of Muncy once again is the setting for the Muncy Historical Society’s annual Quilt Show. Slated for July 14-15, visitors will have the opportunity to view antique, vintage and contemporary quilts at the Quilt Show in the Celebration Hall and Fellowship Room, at the show’s location, First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market Street. This location features easy access and convenient and ample parking. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 14 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 15.
This juried show is open to all quilters! This is an opportunity for quilters to enter a quilt, or quilts, and for the non-quilter to exhibit quilts from their private collections (see registration instructions below). We anticipate more than 120 stunning antique, vintage and traditional quilts will be displayed, representing virtually all styles. Now in its thirtieth year, the event will be a showcase of spectacular hand and machine workmanship, appliqué and quilting techniques, reflecting the originality of the makers and their expertise with needle and thread, as well. Continue reading “13th Annual Quilt Show & Exhibition”
The highly anticipated juried exhibition of Fine Arts in Pennsylvania returns to Muncy, courtesy of Muncy Historical Society. The show will feature some of the most talented artists in Pennsylvania whose works are exhibited and collected nationally.
The tenth annual invitational Artists Exhibition and Sale will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 11, and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Pennsdale Civic Center Social Hall, 261 Village Road, Pennsdale, PA.
Friday night’s opening includes a reception with complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres, and music by members of the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra—William Knauth, Michael Fisher, Juliet Jacques, and Rachel Boll. Friday night admission is $15 per person; Saturday admission is $10 per person. The artists will be available during both Friday and Saturday hours to meet and greet show attendees. Continue reading “Muncy Historical Society hosts juried exhibition of fine arts made in Pennsylvania”
The families of Private Walter Smith and Lance Corporal William Merrill, along with Muncy Historical Society, will host a Bridge and Highway Dedication Ceremony, in recognition of the deceased soldiers’ service and sacrifices, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Muncy Baptist Church, 11 West Penn Street, Muncy.
State Representative Garth Everett introduced, and achieved passage of House Bill 1407–Act 46 of the 2016 Pennsylvania Legislature, which included language to designate the bridge on State Route 2014 over the Muncy Creek, Muncy Creek Township as the Private Walter L. Smith Spanish-American War Memorial Bridge, as well as a portion of State Route 2044 as the Lance Corporal William F. Merrill Vietnam Veterans Highway. Family members and state officials will unveil the bridge and road signs at the dedication ceremony. Continue reading “Two Veterans to be Honored with Bridge and Highway Designations”
Enjoy a short video by Steve Huddy of “Pops on Pepper Street 2.” Keep your calendar open next summer and join us for “Pops on Pepper Street 3.”
MUNCY — Under the baton of Music Director/Conductor Gerardo Edelstein, the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra returns to Muncy to perform a variety of musical selections at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. The outdoor concert location is 232 Pepper Street, Muncy Creek Township, Muncy.
WSO will perform a “West Side Story” medley, a waltz from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” Johann Strauss’ jaunty, high-spirited “Tritsch Tratsch Polka,” Brahms’ lively “Hungarian Dance No. 5,” John Williams’ music from “Harry Potter,” and a Beatles medley. The orchestra will also feature “America the Beautiful” and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Continue reading “Muncy Historical Society to host the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra for a second year with a “Pops at Pepper Street” free concert”
The quaint and beautiful river town of Muncy once again is the setting for the Muncy Historical Society’s annual Quilt Show. Slated for July 15-16, visitors will have the opportunity to view antique and contemporary quilts at the Quilt Show in the Celebration Hall and Fellowship Room, at the show’s new location, First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market Street. This new location features easier access and more convenient and ample parking. Admission to the two-day show is $8 for a single day or $12 for a multi-day pass. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 15 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16.
The Muncy show is more than a quilt show. The loves of immigrants who came to this country, to our state, and to our county will be explored and expressed in a social and cultural context—the who, why, when and where. The show’s theme “Finding Our Way! Mapping Our Past: Quilting’s Legacy” will be accessorized with special “worldwide” memorabilia from the museum’s and private collections.
A highlight of the show will be the silk globe made by Anna Webb in 1816 while she was a student at Westtown School. Philadelphia Quakers raised the money to build the boarding school and Westtown School, located in Chester County, opened in May 1799. The Quakers wanted to provide their children with “guarded education” away from the secular influences of society. Westtown School has nine of the thirty-nine known to exist in the United States and England; nearby Chester County Historical Society has four globes in its collection; and the Muncy Historical Society has Anna Webb’s. The Society’s globe was donated by Nancy Doutt on behalf of her Muncy Township Fry family siblings, descendants of Anna (Webb) Ritter. Anna Webb also made her husband-to-be’s wedding shirt and that will be on display near the globe. Continue reading ” 12th Annual Quilt Show & Exhibition”
Muncy Historical Society Hosts Fishing Derby
At the Muncy Heritage Park: Family events for kids to participate in fun and educational fishing activities and win prizes
On your mark. Get set. Fish! Come to the Youth Fishing Derby from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail, 601 Pepper Street. Bring the family to the park and spend the morning fishing and participate in interactive and educational fishing-oriented activities, sponsored by Muncy Historical Society, Trout Unlimited and Lycoming College.
The event was planned in part, with the help of Lycoming College communication students Bethany Adamski, Michael Amaya and Malcolm Bell, in collaboration with Rebecca Holler, education coordinator, of the Pennsylvania Coldwater Habitat Restoration Program, Trout Unlimited, and the Muncy Historical Society.
Children under age 16 are eligible to participate and must be accompanied by a parent. Only one fishing pole per child is allowed. Participants must provide their own fishing equipment. All legal baits are allowed. An artificial lure will be given to each participant, donated by Wertman’s Fish and Bait Shop, 173 W Water St, Muncy.
Any fish caught with or without a tag are eligible for prizes. Each fish must be measured, and unharmed fish must be then released. Length of fish will determine the prize.
The catch-and-release fishing contest is the star of the show with prizes awarded for 1st place winners in three different age groups. Prizes include three fishing kits with lures, bait, rod and reel: a Shakespeare Bass complete fishing kit; a Shakespeare Walleye complete fishing kit; and a Shakespeare Trout complete tackle kit. Continue reading “Fishing Derby At the Muncy Heritage Park”
MILTON – The Wynding Brook Golf Club was the ideal setting for this year’s Muncy Cup golf event.
Curtis Reese and Curtis Hendricks were this year’s first-place gross 2-person team and Jim Vanderlin and Thom Penfield were the 2-person net winners; second place gross was the Wayne and Rich Bailey team and Tom and Travis Ward took second net; Dave Mayer and Mark Engler placed third gross and Brent Frey and Bob Simpson took third place net.
Curtis Hendricks and Sandi Ricotta won closest to pin contests on holes 2 and 13 respectively; Jay Reed placed his ball closest to the line on hole 4; and Sandi Ricotta and Curtis Reese had the longest drives on hole 5; and Travis Ward won the on-course putting contest. After lunch, the eligible contest winners attempted, unsuccessfully, to hole a 51-foot putt in the standalone putting contest.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Muncy Historical Society whose mission is making a positive impact on its community. The Historical Society, committed to preserving local history and heritage for future generations, has other 2016 initiatives, which include 1) completing the towpath trail from the Susquehanna River to where the canal reaches Pepper Street; 2) adding a second floor to the Society’s cement block building which will house our Sprout Waldron exhibits; and 3) sponsoring the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra for the second “Pops at Pepper Street” free, family-oriented concert on August 6, 2016.
Business and individual supporters of the annual event include Baxter Plumbing & Heating, Ben Franklin, Bennardi-Barberio Family Dentistry, Betty Fisher, Blessing Insurance, Brelsford Motors & Equipment, Buck Lumber, Century 21-Jan & Dorothy Fisher, Charlotte Pipe & Foundry, Dittmar Fuel, Dunkin’ Donuts, Economy Locker Storage, Edward Jones Investments, First United Methodist Church, Fishlips, LLC, Fort Brady Hotel, Gail’s Hair & Wig Salon, Gary’s Furniture, Grenoble Funeral Home, Inc., Hall’s Marine, J. Howard Langdon, Hull’s Landing, John Smay/Williams and Smay, Fairfield Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Kellogg’s, Lockard Agency, Lori A. Moore, CPA, Michael’s Insurance Agency, Muncy Bank & Trust Company, Murray Motor and Mazda, Orlando’s, Pepsi Cola Bottling, Providence Engineering, Richard C. Lowe, CPA, Richard and William Poulton, Sampsell’s Auto Body, and the Savoy Realty Company.
Join Lauri Shaffer, avid birder and wonderful photographer from Seven Mountains Audubon, for a leisurely walk around the Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail at 8 a.m. Saturday. There’s a delightful pond, wooded wetland and a great vista on the West Branch Susquehanna River.
As an added treat, Linda Poulton with the Muncy Historical Society, owners of the park, will give a short talk at 8:00 on the history of the canal and associated facilities within the park. For the kids, we may be able to take a peek inside one of Lycoming Audubon’s bluebird nest boxes in the park.
Park address: 602 Pepper Street, Muncy, PA.
School’s out for summer, so bring the kids to the park after dark. They’ll look millions of years into the past as they use telescopes and binoculars to gaze at stars, planets, the Milky Way and more at Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail when Muncy Historical Society hosts its “Under the Night Sky” on Tuesday, June 14.
Chris Dalla Piazza, an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer since 1992, will lead the night-sky viewing program at the society’s Heritage Park and Nature Trail location, 601 Pepper Street, Muncy.
As darkness falls, park guests will be invited to join Della Piazza at the Educational Pavilion where he will discuss his interest in astronomy and outline what will be visible through the park-provided telescope experience.
According to Dall Piazza, “There will be a shadow transit on Jupiter by Ganymede and an eclipse of Callisto on Friday, June 17, which will make for a rich observing experience to dovetail into a talk about Jupiter’s moons.”
At a minimum, the telescopes will search out double stars or perhaps a star cluster and, if Saturn and the Moon clear the tree line, they, too, might be viewable. Continue reading “Under the Night Sky: Half the Park is After Dark in Muncy”