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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 »

Visit the 11th Annual Quilt Show, Challenge

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YoungmanThe quaint and beautiful river town of Muncy once again is the setting for the Muncy Historical Society’s annual Quilt Show.

Slated for July 17-18, visitors will have the opportunity to view antique and contemporary quilts at the Quilt Show to be held in the cafetorium of the Muncy Elementary School, 125 New Street.

This location features an air-conditioned facility with 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 17 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 18.

“Quilter’s Choice Challenge”

OPEN TO ALL QUILTERS!

11TH ANNUAL QUILT SHOW – 2015

MHS 2015 Quilt Show Entry Form

This juried show is open to all quilters! We anticipate more than 100 stunning antique, vintage and traditional quilts will be displayed, representing virtually all styles. Now in its eleventh year, the event is 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. The “Vintage Gatherers” Collection will also share their recent quilting endeavors. This year the show will be accessorized with vintage hats, gloves, purses and furs.

The 2015 Quilt Challenge theme is “quilter’s choice.”  This is an opportunity for quilters to enter a quilt or quilts based on any of the previous-themed challenge categories. Previous challenge themes include Anniversary, Dreams Become Reality, Americans Embrace Diversity, Americana-Glory Be, Coverlet-Inspired, Civil War-Inspired, and Muncy Eagle. Read the rest of this entry »

Reese, Vergari Capture the 2015 Muncy Cup

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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.

Annual Event an Enjoyable Challenge, Meaningful Charity

MILTON – The Wynding Brook Golf Club was an ideal setting for this year’s Muncy Cup golf event. The annual tournament is one of Muncy Historical Society’s annual events, and helps the organization achieve community-minded objectives, such as preserving local history and heritage for future generations and developing the Heritage Park and Nature Trail.

Earning first-place honors went to the two-person team of Curtis Reese and Mike Vergari. Second-place winners were Rich and Wayne Bailey, and third place went to Dick Day and Randy Wolfe. Tom Penfield and Jim Vanderlin placed fourth; Dondi Hockenbrock and Steve Sees took fifth; and Dale Appleman and Dave Boudeman’s score gave them sixth place. The first- through sixth-place teams received cash awards $400 to $40 per team

Jack Fisher, Steve Sees and Jim Hagerman won the closest to pin contests on holes 2, 6 and 13 respectively; Ernie Naugle was the winner of closest to the line contest, and Eric Yoder won men’s longest drive. Sandi Ricotta was this year’s ladies closest to the line contest champion. After a putt-off with Dave Boudeman, Rich Bailey was the putting contest winner. After lunch, the eligible contest winners attempted to hole a 60-foot putt in the standalone putting contest. There were no winners of the $5,000 putting and $10,000 hole-in-one contests.

Proceeds from the event benefit the historical society in its quest to develop a Heritage Park and Nature Trail, a multi-year plan that is transforming an 11-acre section of Port Penn into a walking trail and hands-on history lesson.

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Muncy Cup an enjoyable challenge, meaningful charity event

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Muncy Cup an enjoyable challenge, meaningful charity event$1,300+ in Prizes, Hole-in-One Contest Worth $10,000 and a Putting Contest Worth $5,000

 

MUNCY – The annual Muncy Cup Golf Tournament, sponsored by Muncy Historical Society, begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. June 13 at Wynding Brook Golf Club, Milton.

Now in its 16th year, the event is a major fundraiser for the 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. Read the rest of this entry »

World War II: ‘From the Battlefields to the Home Front’ Presentation

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A Year of Learning & Focus

World War II: From the Battlefields to the Home Front

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Two presentations by Sue Reich, quilt historian and author…  

“Is It Scrap Happy
or 1,000 Pieces and Counting”

If you think that quilters have a fabric stash, it’s nothing compared to the excessive amounts of fabric women of the 19th century had access to. If you love multitudinous pieced quilts, you will love this presentation. Featured are quilts with thousands of pieces made between 1830 and 1945. Learn the history of these quilts and view a large trunk show.

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Quiltmaking That Saw Us Through The War Years: 1941-1945”

A Power Point presentation and trunk show about women coming together to make quilts to commemorate military service, to raise funds for the war effort, to comfort the British, French and refugees, and to celebrate victory in war. Read the rest of this entry »

8th Annual Artists’ Exhibition and Sale

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Muncy Historical Society hosts juried exhibition of fine arts and contemporary crafts made in Pennsylvania

8th ANNUAL ARTISTS’ EXHIBITION AND SALE
Friday, November 7, 2014, 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Muncy Township Social Hall, Muncy/Pennsdale 

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The eighth annual Invitational Artists Exhibition and Sale will be held on Friday, Nov. 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The show returns to the Pennsdale Civic Center Social Hall, 261 Village Road, Pennsdale, PA. Friday night’s opening includes a reception with complimentary wine or beer, hors d’oeuvres by Country Store catering, and music by members of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. Friday night admission is $15 per person; Saturday admission is $10.

In addition to the Country Store and Symphony partnership at Friday’s reception, there are a number of other special features to this year’s show. Most artists will be available during both Friday and Saturday hours to meet and greet show attendees and many will be demonstrating their craftsmanship. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a silent auction. Read the rest of this entry »

The Betty Louise

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IMG_4142Muncy’s historic and cultural heritage has always been tied to the Susquehanna River and the park’s location is ideal to celebrate its legacy.

One feature of the park is the Betty Louise – our replica Pennsylvania canal boat shown below. 

Muncy Historical Society volunteers traveled to Easton two years ago to dismantle the large cargo boat exhibit belonging to the PA Canal Society.

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A Call to Action: Say ‘No’ to Alvira Land Swap

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“LAND SWAP” WILL REMOVE DIRECT PUBLIC ACCESS TO ALVIRA CEMETERIES

Since first being made aware in early June of the potential land swap described below, we have not yet been successful in establishing a meeting between the Union County Historical Society, the Montgomery Area Historical Society, and county government representatives with the US Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC).  The aim has been to discuss alternatives to their current and potentially devastating land swap proposal.  We are now seeking to direct communication with the BOP and PGC by the larger community in an attempt to intervene in a constructive manner— to MAINTAIN DIRECT PUBLIC ACCESS — to Alvira’s cemeteries for those whose loved ones are interred there. Your active support, Your voice and Your informed communication with individuals on the contact list provided below is needed Now.

Please read on, and should you be so moved, please help us by communicating your thoughts to those who have the potential to impact the land swap as currently envisioned by the BOP and the PGC.  They have had no local input on their plans.  Read the rest of this entry »

10th Annual Quilt Show

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10th ANNUAL QUILT SHOW, CHALLENGE, & SCAVENGER HUNT
Friday, July 18, 2014, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, July 19, 2014, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Ward L. Myers Elementary School, 125 New Street, Muncy
Expanded Hours, Air-conditioned facility, convenient parking

UGRRF_4This year we will celebrate the tenth anniversary of our annual quilt show so we have chosen “anniversary” as our 2014 challenge theme. Tin, aluminum and diamonds are the perfect gifts for a 10th wedding anniversary and challenge entrants might have chosen one, two or all three of these for their “challenge” inspiration.

To celebrate our anniversary we will accessorize the show with wedding gowns from the Muncy Historical Society’s extensive collection. The gowns will be highlighted and exhibited throughout the Show, making this a very unique opportunity to view antique, vintage and contemporary gowns alongside our always very diverse quilt exhibition.

In keeping with our 2014 focus on the UGRR, quilters will have the opportunity to participate in a Scavenger Hunt that will take them to several locations in the Muncy community for answers and to be rewarded with a free quilt block or two. For those who complete the Hunt, their completed passport will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing. Read the rest of this entry »

Great Escapes

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A Commonwealth Speakers Presentation with Denise Valentine

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WILLIAMSPORT — As part of the Year of Learning and Focus on the Underground Railroad presented by Muncy Historical Society, the Blooming Grove Historical Society and James V. Brown Library will host Commonwealth Speaker Denise Valentine’s presentation “Great Escapes” at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12 in the Library’s Lowry Room, 19 E. Fourth St.

The interactive presentation brings to life compelling stories of enslaved Africans who escaped to, and away from, Philadelphia and of those who aided them in their search for freedom. Philadelphia was an important station in the Underground Railroad and a safe haven for many fugitives, including Henry Box Brown. Conversely, many enslaved Africans escaped from Philadelphia, such as Oney Judge, a slave held by George Washington.  Read the rest of this entry »

National challenge, diversity and artistic interpretation are highlights of Muncy Quilt Show

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Spend a weekend in historic Muncy

 10th Annual Quilt Show & Challenge

July 18 -19, 2014

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The quaint and beautiful river town of Muncy once again is the setting for Muncy Historical Society’s annual Quilt Show. Slated for July 18-19, visitors will have the opportunity to view antique and contemporary quilts at the Quilt Show, to be held at Muncy Elementary School, 125 New St.

This location features an air-conditioned facility with convenient and ample parking. Admission to the two-day show is $5 for a single day or $8 for a multi-day pass. The hours have been expanded and the show runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 18 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19.

More than 120 stunning antique, vintage and traditional quilts will be displayed, representing virtually all styles. Now in its 10th year, the event is 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. Read the rest of this entry »

Under the Night Sky: North Star to Freedom

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UNDER THE NIGHT SKY – HALF THE PARK IS AFTER DARK
Saturday, July 5, 2014, 9 p.m.
Night Sky Location: Muncy Heritage Park & Nature Trail, 601 Pepper Street, Muncy
Free Admission (Rain or Shine); Pre-registration required by calling 570-546-5917

Life for a runaway was full of hazards. A journey to freedom meant traveling  by night, using the North Star as a guide and trying to avoid search parties. In addition to the North Star, aka the “drinking gourd,” the night sky is filled with stars and constellations that were very important to the conductors and voyagers along the UGRR.

Since most travelling was done under the cover of night, stars and other celestial objects were used as guides to direct slaves north. The park is the ideal location to explore the night sky outdoors while imagining how to navigate by recognizing these astronomical guides.

Muncy Historical Society will host its second “Under the Night Sky” event at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 5. Chris Della Piazza, an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer, will lead the night-sky viewing program at the society’s Heritage Park and Nature Trail location, 601 Pepper St., Muncy.

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