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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.

Bill Poulton leads a group of visitors through the Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail.
Bill Poulton leads a group of visitors through the Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail.

In recent years the Society has strengthened its commitment to these objectives:

  • By revitalizing the Historical Society: Injecting a new sense of volunteerism within the community and the historical society, establishing scheduled museum hours and sponsoring special exhibits each year, displaying items borrowed from private collections and family heirlooms along with museum accessions;

  • By acquiring an 11-acre parcel within the original 50-acre tract of this small town, and developing it into a historic trail with exhibits and signage describing the life and labor along the Muncy Canal;

  • By hosting a Public Archaeology Dig at the site of the Muncy Canal and involving the community in a project designed to enhance cultural preservation.

  • By developing a book of vintage “Muncy” postcards with historian Robin Van Auken that explores Muncy’s heritage. Follow this link to buy this book;

  • By reclaiming the Old Walton Graveyard and the Old Hill Burying Ground – rehabilitating the burial sites of the town’s founders and early pioneers;

  • By re instituting of the Historic Homes Tour of the Muncy area and the Antiques Show and Sale, both major fundraiser events for the Society which allow us to preserve and conserve “pieces of our area’s past”;

  • By restoring the “Eight Square School,” built on the site of the oldest public school in Lycoming County (Project a recipient of the prestigious Pennsylvania Preservation 2001 Initiative Award);
  • By its living history programs for home-schooled young people, scout troops, adult education classes, East Lycoming and Muncy School District Elementary, Junior High and Senior High students;

  • logo_dropshadowBy being a major sponsor to the production of “The Last Raft,” a one-hour “living history” documentary film that explores the raft’s tragic journey and crash in March 1938, using rare photos, new and archival footage, artifacts and news coverage. Karen L. Frock of Creekside Creative Media is the researcher, writer and producer of “The Last Raft” documentary;

  • Through its Civil War Soldiers’ Monument Project which included publication of David L. Richards’ “Priceless Treasures,” the biographies of the 71 Civil War casualties whose names are inscribed on the monument; the redesign of the monument site to accommodate the names of an additional 64 casualties overlooked when the monument was dedicated in 1869 (Project received 2004 Honorable Mention Award from PA Federation of Museums & Historical Organizations and 2004 Certificate of Commendation from the American Association of State and Local History);

  • By publishing the Society’s nationally-recognized Now and Then, a magazine of history, biography and genealogy, published three times per year, 28 – 36 pages per issue;

  • Through its PA Canal Packet Boat Project, from salvaging the cabin to reconstructing an authentic 1860s packet/passenger cabin as the Society’s traveling educational exhibit (Project received 2004 Honorable Mention Award from PA Federation of Museums & Historical Organizations and 2004 Certificate of Commendation from the American Association of State and Local History);

  • By establishing a “local history” presence at the Lycoming County Fair, encouraging the participation of other non-for-profit historically-oriented societies from Lycoming, Northumberland and Sullivan counties.

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