Muncy Historical Society

Muncy Cup an enjoyable challenge, meaningful charity event

Hole-in-One Contest Worth $10,000,
a Putting Contest Worth $5,000

Muncy Historical Society
The two-person team of Curtis Reese and Mike Vergari earned first-place honors at the 2015 Muncy Cup golf event.

MUNCY – The annual Muncy Cup Golf Tournament, sponsored by Muncy Historical Society begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. June 11 at Wynding Brook Golf Club, Milton.

Now in its 17th year, the event is a major fundraiser for Muncy Historical Society’s community outreach objectives, including its quest to develop a Heritage Park and Nature Trail. Located along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, the park highlights historical Port Penn, a commercial and residential suburb of the town of Muncy that blossomed out of the West Branch Canal industry of the 1800s.

In return for the $80 registration fee ($160 per two-person team), golfers enjoy green fees, a cart, refreshments, lunch, a “goodie” bag, and on-course men’s and women’s “closest to the pin,” “longest drive” and a “hole-in-one” contest. There are optional activities such as a skins game, a $5,000 putting contest, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Registration deadline is June 5 and is limited to amateur golfers, 18 years and older.

This all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization encourages and supports a number of educational initiatives including special exhibits and living history programs. Continue reading “Muncy Cup an enjoyable challenge, meaningful charity event”


Explore Lycoming County Using New Passport Initiative

HOLCKickstart your exploration of Lycoming County with the 2016 Passport Program. Before the program ends on Nov. 16, participants will have the opportunity to experience what it was like to live, work, and celebrate in the past, enjoy what is now offered and perhaps win a prize.

The initiative is sponsored by members of the Historical Organizations of Lycoming County (HOLC), with support provided by the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau.

HOLC, a group of multi-disciplinary partners, is dedicated to preserving and interpreting local history. Its mission is to enhance public awareness, encourage community engagement, support preservation action and promote heritage education. Continue reading “Explore Lycoming County Using New Passport Initiative”


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 Both presenters will share insights that will appeal to an audience with diverse backgrounds, quilters and non-quilters alike. Continue reading “Antique, Vintage Quilt Collecting and Interpretation Topic of Muncy Historical Society Presentations”


Kids Dig ‘Arch in the Park’

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.

While in Florida at the St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program during Spring Break, Lycoming College underwater archaeology students, from left, Ben Conrad, Darrin Coleman and Richard Matel-Galatis record artifacts “in situ.”

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. Continue reading “Kids Dig ‘Arch in the Park’”

Muncy Farms

Is Muncy Farms’ Henry Gibson Brock F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby?

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.


Muncy Farms
Muncy Farms

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. Continue reading “Is Muncy Farms’ Henry Gibson Brock F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby?”

River access at Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail.

Muncy Historical Society’s Heritage Park Completes River Access Project

River access at Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail.
River access at Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail.

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. Continue reading “Muncy Historical Society’s Heritage Park Completes River Access Project”

Events, Exhibits

MHS hosts juried exhibition of fine arts and contemporary crafts


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”


Society’s Dedication, ‘Wagging Tails and War Tales’ Event

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. 

InterpretivePanelThe 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. Continue reading “Society’s Dedication, ‘Wagging Tails and War Tales’ Event”


Muncy Historical Society’s “Under the Night Sky – Half the Park is After Dark” Event

Astronomy_Amateur_3_V2Muncy 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.    Continue reading “Muncy Historical Society’s “Under the Night Sky – Half the Park is After Dark” Event”