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Muncy Historical Society
Muncy Historical Society

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. Read the rest of this entry »

 12th Annual Quilt Show & Exhibition

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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.

2015 Judges' Choice Winner, Barbara Stiner, Bloomsburg
2015 Judges’ Choice Winner, Barbara Stiner, Bloomsburg

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.    Read the rest of this entry »

Fishing Derby At the Muncy Heritage Park

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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

Fishing Derby at Muncy Heritage ParkOn 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Muncy Cup Tournament Winners Announced

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MILTON – The Wynding Brook Golf Club was the ideal setting for this year’s Muncy Cup golf event.

course_photoCurtis 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 Audubon at Muncy Heritage Park

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Hummingbird, photo by Jerry Zeidler.
Hummingbird, photo by Jerry Zeidler.

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.

Under the Night Sky: Half the Park is After Dark in Muncy

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Under the Night Sky: Half the Park is After Dark in Muncy

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Muncy Cup an enjoyable challenge, meaningful charity event

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Hole-in-One Contest Worth $10,000,
a Putting Contest Worth $5,000

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The two-person team of Curtis Reese and Mike Vergari earned first-place honors at the 2015 Muncy Cup golf event.

MUNCY – The annual Muncy Cup Golf Tournament, sponsored by Muncy Historical Society begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. June 11 at Wynding Brook Golf Club, Milton.

Now in its 17th year, the event is a major fundraiser for Muncy Historical Society’s community outreach objectives, including its quest to develop a Heritage Park and Nature Trail. Located along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, the park highlights historical Port Penn, a commercial and residential suburb of the town of Muncy that blossomed out of the West Branch Canal industry of the 1800s.

In return for the $80 registration fee ($160 per two-person team), golfers enjoy green fees, a cart, refreshments, lunch, a “goodie” bag, and on-course men’s and women’s “closest to the pin,” “longest drive” and a “hole-in-one” contest. There are optional activities such as a skins game, a $5,000 putting contest, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Registration deadline is June 5 and is limited to amateur golfers, 18 years and older.

This all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization encourages and supports a number of educational initiatives including special exhibits and living history programs. Read the rest of this entry »

Explore Lycoming County Using New Passport Initiative

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HOLCKickstart your exploration of Lycoming County with the 2016 Passport Program. Before the program ends on Nov. 16, participants will have the opportunity to experience what it was like to live, work, and celebrate in the past, enjoy what is now offered and perhaps win a prize.

The initiative is sponsored by members of the Historical Organizations of Lycoming County (HOLC), with support provided by the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau.

HOLC, a group of multi-disciplinary partners, is dedicated to preserving and interpreting local history. Its mission is to enhance public awareness, encourage community engagement, support preservation action and promote heritage education. Read the rest of this entry »

Antique, Vintage Quilt Collecting and Interpretation Topic of Muncy Historical Society Presentations

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MUNCY — Interest in collecting antique and vintage quilts has grown over the past few years and often new collectors have questions. What should one look for? What would make a good investment? How does one start a collection?

Karen Powers, of State College, will address these questions and more on May 21 when Muncy Historical Society hosts two presentations on the significance of textiles in human history, and its current value. Powers will speak at 10 a.m. on “Quilt Collecting, Quilt Care and Quilt Appraisals,”  discussing the importance of quilt care, and the why and how of quilt appraisals—quilts valued for replacement, for insurance, or for market. 

Karen Trifonoff will present at 1 p.m. on “Needlework and Geography: A World of Beauty and Creativity.” Her interactive talk explores the connections between needlework, geography and mapping, through an examination of map samplers and map quilts.

Both presentations will be held in the Fellowship Hall, First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market Street, Muncy. There is a $20 admission fee for both presentations, which includes lunch, or $10 per presentation. Pre-register by calling 570-546-5917, or email MuncyHistorical@aol.com. Both presenters will share insights that will appeal to an audience with diverse backgrounds, quilters and non-quilters alike. Read the rest of this entry »

Kids Dig ‘Arch in the Park’

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Muncy Historical Society, Northcentral Chapter 8, Lycoming College Unite to Offer One-of-a-Kind Archaeology Experience to Area Youth

MUNCY — Arch in the Park is a hands-on heritage program designed by students for students.

Organized by communication students at Lycoming College, Arch in the Park is an archaeological outreach offered by Muncy Historical Society, Northcentral Chapter 8 and Lycoming College’s archaeology department, under the direction of Robin Van Auken of Hands on Heritage.

Together, the groups are hosting an interactive archaeology demonstration, including hands-on terrestrial and underwater archaeological activities, to promote learning from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2016 at Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail, 601 Pepper St.

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While in Florida at the St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program during Spring Break, Lycoming College underwater archaeology students, from left, Ben Conrad, Darrin Coleman and Richard Matel-Galatis record artifacts “in situ.”

According to Jenny Reilly, a senior at Lycoming College and the primary organizer of the event, “This is a fun and educational opportunity for people of all ages to learn about archaeology.”
Reilly has a passion for archaeology, and after graduation in May, will attend graduate school for museum studies.

She has a keen interest in preservation and digital archaeology, spurred by the destruction of antiquities in the Middle East.
Arch in the Park is the kick-off event of a series of unique, educational activities planned by Lycoming College students at the Muncy Heritage Park. These events include a Birds and Bugs Hike, a Fishing Derby and the popular star-gazing event, Under the Night Sky. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Muncy Farms’ Henry Gibson Brock F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby?

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Is there a Lycoming County connection to “The Great Gatsby?” Curator Jonathan Schau believes it exists, and will present a program on the topic at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at the Muncy Historical Society.

 

Muncy Farms
Muncy Farms

Schau’s presentation, “Show Me a Hero: The Effects of a Vehicular Homicide on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” kicks off the 2016 season at Muncy’s 40 N. Main Street location.

Deemed a literary classic, critics have studied Gatsby characters for years and many scholars say that Fitzgerald was describing his visits to Long Island’s north shore and his experiences attending parties of the extremely wealthy residing there.

Or was he?

Schau will present the results of extensive research in which he has identified no less than 46 similarities between a widely publicized vehicular homicide that occurred in Philadelphia in March 1923 and Fitzgerald’s narrative. In addition to the possible literary implications, Schau’s presentation will revisit a real-life tragedy in which the primary character — Henry Gibson Brock — turned a catastrophe into an opportunity to help others. Read the rest of this entry »

Muncy Historical Society’s Heritage Park Completes River Access Project

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River access at Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail.
River access at Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail.

River enthusiasts, canoeists and kayakers have another gorgeous access point to the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, this one overlooking a significant historic site: the Last Raft Crash Site at Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail.

Muncy Historical Society built the trail, another phase of the organization’s Master Plan for its Heritage Park and Nature Trail.  Partnering with the Lycoming County Commissioners and the County Planning and Community Development office, the Historical Society secured funding through the County’s Legacy Fund Account – a designated allocation of Act 13 funds provided to the County by the Public Utility Commission specifically for parks. 

With this funding, along with a significant financial commitment from the Society’s own board of directors, the soft landing site for small boats such as canoes and kayaks following the West Branch Water Trail has been completed from the river’s edge to the entrance of the park.

The scope of the project included many elements, including GIS mapping of the site, as well as securing a Department of Environmental Protection General Permit (GP-2) requiring notification of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering.

Hands on Heritage provided a Phase 1 Archaeological Survey of the one-third acre prior to development, enabling landscape architects at BSA / LA to construct a 200-foot-long, gravel trail, providing canoe and kayak river access from Pepper Street in Muncy Creek Township to the West Branch Susquehanna River. Read the rest of this entry »