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 »
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 »
The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra launches its first free “Pops in the Park” concert this year in collaboration with the Muncy Historical Society at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21. 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 rain, the concert will be held in Muncy High School auditorium.
Under the baton of Music Director/Conductor Gerardo Edelstein, the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra will perform a medley from the movie “Frozen,” the best songs from the musical “Phantom of the Opera,” an homage to the great Duke Ellington and the Tango “La Cumparsita.” The program also will feature the classics Bizet’s “Carmen Overture,” Strauss’ “Radetzky March” and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Read the rest of this entry »
Muncy Historical Society announced the award winners of the 2015 quilt contests and introduced the theme for the 2016 Quilt Show.
The society’s show featured more than 130 quilts and coverlets and included a judging component, with first, second and third place ribbons awarded for hand-quilting, hand-guided and computer-guided machine quilting, appliqué, other techniques, use of color-traditional and contemporary, and wall hangings. In addition to ribbons, Best of Show, Best Original Design, Viewer’s Choice, and Judges’ Choice received handcrafted garden stakes made by Kris Robbins, a Muncy-based sculptural metal artist. Read the rest of this entry »
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
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 »
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.