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 »
Antique, Vintage Quilt Collecting and Interpretation Topic of Muncy Historical Society Presentations
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 »
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.
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 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.
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 »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
Muncy Historical Society will host its annual, juried exhibition of fine arts and contemporary crafts made in Pennsylvania. The ninth annual invitational Artists Exhibition and Sale will be held on Friday, November 6, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, November 7, 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 beverages and hors d’oeuvres, and music by members of the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra—William Knauth, Mike Fisher, Juliet Jacques, and Rachel Boll. Friday night admission is $15 per person; Saturday admission is $10 per person.
There are a number of 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. Read the rest of this entry »
Muncy Historical Society will host both a dedication ceremony and a “Wagging Tails and War Tales” presentation at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, the at the society’s Heritage Park and Nature Trail location, 601 Pepper Street, Muncy.
The dedication portion of the event will recognize the Lumber Heritage Region, which selected the Muncy Historical Society’s Heritage Park and Nature Trail as a recipient of a mini-grant for the design and installation of seven additional interpretive panels at the park. This project was financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2), Environmental Stewardship Fund, under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, along with matching dollars from friends of the Historical Society. Immediately after, members and friends of the Central Susquehanna Woodland Owners Association will honor Jack Murray’s legacy as a forest steward and explorer with the dedication of a bench placed in his memory. Read the rest of this entry »
Muncy Historical Society will host one of its “Under the Night Sky” beginning at 7 p.m. events Saturday, Sept. 26. Chris Dalla Piazza, who has been 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. 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.
The park is the ideal location to explore the night sky outdoors. As a river community, Muncy’s historic and cultural heritage has always been tied to the Susquehanna River, and the park’s location is ideal to celebrate its legacy. Guests are encouraged to arrive at the park at 7 p.m. to give their eyes an opportunity to adapt to the lack of light. Flashlights covered in red cellophane will be made available and red candle luminaries will line the pathways to the telescope viewing areas. To encourage further learning, a “Glow in the Dark Star Finder” will be given to the first 25 young people so they can continue night sky exploration on his or her own. Read the rest of this entry »
Muncy Historical Society is at war, and has been for a year. For many months, its members have been in the trenches, researching and developing a massive exhibit and a variety of educational opportunities that support its “World War II and the Home Front” display, which starts Wednesday, Sept. 2 and continues through Sept. 30
Hours for this special September-only exhibit are Wednesdays through Saturdays, noon to 8 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the Lycoming Mall. The room is conveniently located near the Old Navy parking entrance and is adjacent to the Bon-Ton mall entrance.
The exhibit explores how the United States rallied for victory, highlighting the effects of World War II on almost every aspect of American life, including education, art, science, music and culture. It introduces the role of the home front in galvanizing public support for the war and it features veteran and home front stories, military memorabilia, U.S. Savings Bond poster art & World War II inspired memorial quilts. Read the rest of this entry »