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”
Artist Bruce Storm will sign his newly released book, “Dragon Views and Other Observations,” at Muncy Historical Society. Storm, a Muncy resident, is a Penn State graduate in commercial art and art education and will autograph his book from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at the society’s museum location at 40 N. Main St.
Storm has shown his work in Long Beach Island, New Jersey, New Hope, State College, Williamsport, the Penn State University at Altoona, Pittsburgh, Flourtown, and the Philadelphia areas of Pennsylvania. He has illustrated textbooks, and he has worked in clay, and various sculptural materials, but the vast body of his work is in watercolor and acrylic wash. Storm maintains his studio creating artworks for the annual Muncy Historical Society Art Show.
“Dragon Views and Other Observations” contains 168 color images of Storm’s work not previously published. For those unfamiliar with his art, Storm utilizes familiar architecture, landscapes or still life objects against highly complicated quilt pattern inspired backgrounds. Pattern, color, craftsmanship, and imagination combined with strong compositions are integral parts of his paintings. There are a lot of subtle hidden things going on in his work and this book will allow the reader to look at his paintings time and again to explore what else is happening in them.
In addition to Dragon Views, a number of Storm originals, which are included in the book, will be on display and available.
The society’s meetings and events are always open to the public and light refreshments will be served at the book signing. Please call 570-546-5917 or email MuncyHistorical@aol.com with questions or for additional details.
Directions to Muncy Historical Society are I-80 to exit 212W to I-180 exit 13A. Rt. 405 to Muncy. Turn right on South Main Street, 3 blocks, left into Society’s parking lot.
Spend a weekend in historic Muncy
Always more than a Quilt Show- in 2019, featuring Arlan and Pat Christ, nationally recognized quilt historians, pattern designers and authors, along with a national challenge, diversity and artistic interpretation…all highlights of Muncy Quilt Show!
15th Annual Quilt Show & Exhibition
July 19-20, 2019
MUNCY – 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 19-20, visitors will have the opportunity to view antique, vintage and contemporary quilts 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 19 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Quilt Show admission is $8 or $12 for a 2-day pass.
This year’s show features the Christ Collection known as “American Pride: Eagles & Stars”. The antique and vintage quilts in the Christ’s collection honor our great country with symbolic designs representing freedom and the love of this nation. The eagle is a representation of freedom & strength; the star symbolizes the patriotism of the quilter and our country’s independence.
Arlan and Pat Christ enjoy traveling to quilt shows and museums which provide the opportunity to examine quilts. Retrieving knowledge to secure the heritage of antique quilts has become the prime objective of The Christ Collection. The Christs further explore their passion of antique quilts while attending quilt study groups. They are members of the Lehigh Valley Quilt Study Group, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Study Group, American Quilt Study Group, Quilter’s Hall of Fame, Midwest Fabric Study Group and Baltimore Appliqué Society. Their various collections – Four Blocks, Applique, Civil War Period Treasures, Cheddar, to name a few — have been exhibited throughout the Mid-Atlantic states and New England.
The Muncy Historical Society is delighted to host two educational and hands-on workshops and a lecture in conjunction with our 15h Annual Quilt Show.
Thursday, July 18, 1 – 4 p.m.
In addition to being creative the Pennsylvania Germans were also thrifty. “Star Embroidery,” or as the Pennsylvania Germans refer to as “Stumpwork”, has been in existence over 120 years. This type of wool embroidery was generally done on closely woven fabrics that were being recycled from worn clothes or household items. Leftover yarn from other projects was used with a tin star pattern that was made by the local tinsmith. There was never any waste in the household of a Pennsylvania German.
Attendees will be making a “Star Embroidery” block in class while learning the interesting technique of “Stumpwork.” This block can be used to create a pin cushion, Christmas ornament or to continue to make additional blocks for a larger project. A handout will include everything you need except for a pair of small scissors with a sharp point that you should bring along.
The handout includes the following (included in the price of workshop) to make your “Stumpwork” block: Background fabric; tin template; needle; instruction with diagram; and wool yarn for three colors.
Friday, July 19, 9 a.m.-noon.
“Muncy Lyre” Block
This workshop is based on a circa 1840 Quaker quilt that came from the Gahn family with its origins in Muncy, Pennsylvania. The original bed quilt measures 98” x 101”, has 9 stitches per inch, 16 blocks; the green print fabric was used for the lyre and the sashing.
Pat will present a technique which showcases smooth curves and crisp points without stress.
For any quilter who enjoys applique or wants to learn, this workshop is for them.
Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m.
American pride is normally displayed in the form of eagles and stars representing the patriotism of this great country. The “American Pride” lecture will showcase quilts that were made to represent individual and ethnic pride which includes a simple four patch quilt with a star block in the center signed proudly by its maker, Albert Seidle.
The lecture will also include the “Captain James Andrew Quilt.” Captain Andrew was a steamboat captain on the Chesapeake while living in Baltimore, MD. Join the Christs for the journey they took finding the story behind the “Baltimore Album” quilt that was made by the captain’s wife representing their wedding in 1849. Family history states the 25-block quilt was sewn while Elizabeth joined her husband on the steamboat—and that is just the beginning of this fascinating story…
Join the Christs as the share the pride that continues through quilts representing freedom and the love of this great nation.
Saturday, July 20, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Quilter’s Rummage Sale
The rummage sale will feature a wide variety of material (being sold by the pound) plus books, kits, quilter tools, and other quilt-related paraphernalia. Amadeus books and notecards and the Society’s historic patterns will also be available for purchase.
2019 Challenge Quilt Theme
In keeping with this year’s theme, the 2019 challenge is “Stars” – our three-person panel will judge the challenge quilt entries and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons will be awarded for wall and bed quilt categories. The challenge is open to all quilters and registration forms are available online or by email. (The 2020 challenge is “log cabin” – wall and/or bed quilts.)
To Register A Challenge Quilt(s)
To exhibit a quilt(s) you must complete a show registration form, available by calling 570-546-5917 or online at www.MuncyHistoricalSociety.org. Registration forms and quilt entries must be received by the Muncy Historical Society on, or before, July 8, 9 or 10, 2019 from 9 a.m. to noon, or earlier by advance appointment. Challenge quilt entries must include a cloth label with the name of the quilt, the owner’s name and address is sewn to the back of the entry. A 4-4 ½” hanging sleeve should be affixed to the quilt. Quilt pick-up is scheduled for Saturday, July 20 from 3-4 p.m. or Monday, July 22 between noon and 3 PM at the museum.
Plan to Stay Overnight
The Copper Roof Bed and Breakfast is offering a 15% room discount for show attendees who want to spend quality time in Muncy. The charming and elegant B&B is located at 580 Village Road in the quaint village of Pennsdale, approximately 5 miles from the show location. Contact www.copperroofbb.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-546-6377 for reservations. Make sure to mention you’re coming to town for the quilt show in order to get the discount.
Directions to the Quilt Show at First United Methodist Church are: I-80 to exit 212W to I-180 exit 13A, Rt. 405 to Muncy. Turn left on South Main Street, 1.0 mile, right on Mussers Lane. One block, right on S. Market Street, church is on the left. Please wear comfortable, flat-heeled shoes.
Program support made possible in part through donations and grants from the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau, the PA Council on the Arts, quilt enthusiasts, and friends of the Muncy Historical Society.
Quilt Show Calendar
All events/activities will be held at the
First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market Street, Muncy
Thursday, July 18 1 pm to 4 pm, “Stumpwork” Workshop, $35
Friday, July 19 9 am to noon, “Muncy Lyre” Workshop, $35
Friday, July 19 9 am to 8 pm, 15th Annual Quilt Show
Quilt Show admission $8; $12 multi-day
Saturday, July 20 Rummage Sale, 9 am to 11 am
Saturday, July 20 11 am, “American Pride” Lecture
Lecture admission, $10
Saturday, July 20 9 am to 3 pm, Quilt Show admission $8
MUNCY – Time to shop for the holidays and unique art is always a great choice! Muncy Historical Society’s annual juried art exhibition features some of the most talented artists in Pennsylvania. The show will be a rich and varied collection of original work along with signed and numbered limited-edition reproductions, as well as photography, oil painting, jewelry, fashion, pottery, metal- and wood-working, quilting, mosaics, watercolors, sculpture, stained glass and home décor.
The 12th annual invitational Artists Exhibition and Sale will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. This year’s show will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 206 S. Market Street, Muncy, its new location.
Friday night’s opening includes live music by members of the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra, and light refreshments will be available both Friday night and Saturday. Admission is $10 per person. The artists will be available during both Friday and Saturday hours to meet and greet show attendees.
Muncy Historical Society received a grant from the Waldron Memorial Fund, of the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. William Poulton, president and executive director of the Historical Society, represented the community-focused organization at the First Community Foundation award ceremony.
The $8,000 award will enable the society to offset its annual general operating expenses, including costs to maintain, secure and sustain the society’s properties, to pay utility costs, and to insure each location and its “pieces of Muncy’s past.” Continue reading “MHS receives Grant from the Waldron Memorial Fund”
Bring your family, pack your blankets, and head out for an evening of priceless music when the Muncy Historical Society hosts the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra for a fourth year with a “Pops at Pepper Street” free concert. As the sun sets, relax, enjoy and share in the fun-filled, community-oriented public experience of the live, outdoor concert starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4.
The outdoor concert location is 232 Pepper Street, Muncy Creek Township, Muncy. Parking is available at Muncy High School and on Painter, Buffington and Lincoln streets. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held indoors, in the Muncy High School auditorium, with on-site parking and street parking on Sherman, Schuyler and Buffington. Continue reading “‘Pops at Pepper Street’ Concert Set for August”
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 13-14, 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 13 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 14.
14th Annual Quilt Show & Exhibition
9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 13 and
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 14. Continue reading ” 14th Annual Quilt Show & Exhibition”
This year’s opening tournament of the Muncy Cup at the White Deer Golf Complex will take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018.
The event is a 4-person scramble team, with prizes paid in two (2) flights based upon 15 teams or more. Player Registration Fee is $80 per golfer ($320 per team), and includes Green fees, Cart rental, Coffee & Donuts in the morning, Lunch in the afternoon, and a “Goodie” bag.
To register, please download and return this 2018 Muncy Cup Registration Form along with payment to: Muncy Historical Society, P.O. Box 11, Muncy, PA 17756. Registration deadline is Saturday, April 21, 2018. Continue reading “Register for 2018 ‘Muncy Cup’”
Sold out before you got it? “THE LAND” is available again, on your computer.
For those who love this story, the digital edition of “THE LAND” is here, exactly the same as the original book in every detail.
“THE LAND” is 489 pages in length and will arrive on a 4GB thumb drive, which you simply insert into your device’s USB port and download. Easy instructions are included. Move back and forward in the book, or select a specific section to go to, just like reading a physical book!
Download the order form by clicking here >>> Continue reading “‘The Land’ Available as Digital Book”
Muncy Historical Society to Host Annual Exhibition
of Fine Arts Made in Pennsylvania
Many of the most talented and diverse artists and musicians in the region join forces to illuminate the opening of Muncy’s annual juried art show.
The 11th annual invitational Artists Exhibition and Sale, sponsored by Muncy Historical Society and Museum of History, will be held 5:30 to 9 p.m., Nov. 10, and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Pennsdale Civic Center Social Hall, 261 Village Road, Pennsdale.
Friday night’s opening includes live music by members of the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra. The artists will be available during both Friday and Saturday hours to meet and greet show attendees, and light refreshments will be available both Friday night and Saturday. Continue reading “Juried Art Show Illuminates Muncy”
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”