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

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The highly anticipated juried exhibition of Fine Arts in Pennsylvania returns to Muncy, courtesy of Muncy Historical Society.  The show will feature some of the most talented artists in Pennsylvania whose works are exhibited and collected nationally.

The tenth annual invitational Artists Exhibition and Sale will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 11, and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Nov. 12 at 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, Michael Fisher, Juliet Jacques, and Rachel Boll. Friday night admission is $15 per person; Saturday admission is $10 per person. The artists will be available during both Friday and Saturday hours to meet and greet show attendees. Continue reading “Muncy Historical Society hosts juried exhibition of fine arts made in Pennsylvania”

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MHS hosts juried exhibition of fine arts and contemporary crafts

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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. Continue reading “MHS hosts juried exhibition of fine arts and contemporary crafts”

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‘World War II and the Home Front’ Exhibit Coming to Lycoming Mall

MHS_WWII_Exhibit_webMuncy 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. Continue reading “‘World War II and the Home Front’ Exhibit Coming to Lycoming Mall”

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8th Annual Artists’ Exhibition and Sale

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. Continue reading “8th Annual Artists’ Exhibition and Sale”

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The Betty Louise

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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10th Annual Quilt Show

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. Continue reading “10th Annual Quilt Show”

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

Spend a weekend in historic Muncy

 10th Annual Quilt Show & Challenge

July 18 -19, 2014

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Judith Cole Youngman

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. Continue reading “National challenge, diversity and artistic interpretation are highlights of Muncy Quilt Show”

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Under the Night Sky: North Star to Freedom

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.

Pre-registration required by calling 570-546-5917 Continue reading “Under the Night Sky: North Star to Freedom”

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Passage to Freedom: Secrets of the UGRR

“PASSAGE TO FREEDOM: SECRETS OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD”
A Traveling Exhibit from the Welland Historical Museum, Welland, Ontario, Canada
September 1 – 30, 2014, Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 8 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 4 p.m.
(Special appointments for student/tour groups…contact Linda Poulton, 570-546-5502)
UGRR Exhibit Location: Lycoming Mall Storefront, 300 Lycoming Mall Circle, Pennsdale/Muncy
Free Admission

UGRRF_6“Passage to Freedom” is an exhibit that provides an opportunity to travel back to the 1800s to learn about slavery, the escape route called the Underground Railroad, and the challenges freedom seekers faced if they finally reached the “Promised Land” of Canada. In the 1850s approximately 40,000 Black refugees entered Canada from the United States, helped by such famous “conductors” as Harriet Tubman. The traveling exhibit features slave narratives; models of a slave cabin, a plantation, a safe house and transport slave bunks; interactive components; and clues to the secrets about fleeing to freedom. The exhibit is divided into three parts: 1) Slavery: stories of capture and life as a slave; 2) Escape: illustrations and narratives about the dangers of escape; signs, codes and symbols used; the messages in spiritual songs; the importance of the stars; the inventive escape methods including a box like the one used by Henry “Box” Brown to mail himself to freedom; and 3) Freedom: stories from former slaves and their descendants who found both freedom and prosperity in Canada, and those who found discrimination, racism, and even lynching in Canada.

The Exhibit consists of 22 exhibit panels, exhibit cases, a cabin diorama, games, audio and interactive components, reproduction artifacts, props, world and star maps, and a ship slave bunk exhibit. Continue reading “Passage to Freedom: Secrets of the UGRR”

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Underground Railroad in Quilts

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD IN QUILTS
Cassandra Stancil Gunkel, PA Humanities Council, Commonwealth Speaker
Sunday, May 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Community Room, First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market Street, Muncy
Free Admission

UGRRF_3The Underground Railroad, the secret paths traveled by African Americans who escaped slavery in the South, is well documented by historians. Far more elusive is evidence that slaves used quilts as signals to guide their way to freedom. This hands-on talk and demonstration engages in the ongoing debate between historians and the public —did quilts guide escapes? Authentic 19th century quilts and modern reproductions are used to explore some of the ways in which women may have stitched their politics, history and mythology into quilt designs.

A folklorist who specializes in fiber arts, Cassandra Gunkel has studied African American quilts and textiles to document the lives of women who captured their histories and stories in their creative work. Continue reading “Underground Railroad in Quilts”