Muncy Historical Society

Muncy Historical Society to host the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra for a second year with a “Pops at Pepper Street” free concert

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MUNCY — Under the baton of Music Director/Conductor Gerardo Edelstein, the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra returns to Muncy to perform a variety of musical selections at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. The outdoor concert location is 232 Pepper Street, Muncy Creek Township, Muncy.

WSO will perform a “West Side Story” medley, a waltz from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” Johann Strauss’ jaunty, high-spirited “Tritsch Tratsch Polka,” Brahms’ lively “Hungarian Dance No. 5,” John Williams’ music from “Harry Potter,” and a Beatles medley. The orchestra will also feature “America the Beautiful” and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Read the rest of this entry »

Muncy Cup Tournament Winners Announced

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MILTON – The Wynding Brook Golf Club was the ideal setting for this year’s Muncy Cup golf event.

course_photoCurtis Reese and Curtis Hendricks were this year’s first-place gross 2-person team and Jim Vanderlin and Thom Penfield were the 2-person net winners; second place gross was the Wayne and Rich Bailey team and Tom and Travis Ward took second net; Dave Mayer and Mark Engler placed third gross and Brent Frey and Bob Simpson took third place net.

Curtis Hendricks and Sandi Ricotta won closest to pin contests on holes 2 and 13 respectively; Jay Reed placed his ball closest to the line on hole 4; and Sandi Ricotta and Curtis Reese had the longest drives on hole 5; and Travis Ward won the on-course putting contest. After lunch, the eligible contest winners attempted, unsuccessfully, to hole a 51-foot putt in the standalone putting contest.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Muncy Historical Society whose mission is making a positive impact on its community. The Historical Society, committed to preserving local history and heritage for future generations, has other 2016 initiatives, which include 1) completing the towpath trail from the Susquehanna River to where the canal reaches Pepper Street; 2) adding a second floor to the Society’s cement block building which will house our Sprout Waldron exhibits; and 3) sponsoring the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra for the second “Pops at Pepper Street” free, family-oriented concert on August 6, 2016.

Business and individual supporters of the annual event include Baxter Plumbing & Heating, Ben Franklin, Bennardi-Barberio Family Dentistry, Betty Fisher, Blessing Insurance, Brelsford Motors & Equipment, Buck Lumber, Century 21-Jan & Dorothy Fisher, Charlotte Pipe & Foundry, Dittmar Fuel, Dunkin’ Donuts, Economy Locker Storage, Edward Jones Investments, First United Methodist Church, Fishlips, LLC, Fort Brady Hotel,  Gail’s Hair & Wig Salon, Gary’s Furniture, Grenoble Funeral Home, Inc., Hall’s Marine, J. Howard Langdon, Hull’s Landing, John Smay/Williams and Smay, Fairfield Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Kellogg’s, Lockard Agency, Lori A. Moore, CPA, Michael’s Insurance Agency, Muncy Bank & Trust Company, Murray Motor and Mazda, Orlando’s, Pepsi Cola Bottling, Providence Engineering, Richard C. Lowe, CPA, Richard and William Poulton, Sampsell’s Auto Body, and the Savoy Realty Company.

Under the Night Sky: Half the Park is After Dark in Muncy

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Under the Night Sky: Half the Park is After Dark in Muncy

School’s out for summer, so bring the kids to the park after dark. They’ll look millions of years into the past as they use telescopes and binoculars to gaze at stars, planets, the Milky Way and more at Muncy Heritage Park and Nature Trail when Muncy Historical Society hosts its “Under the Night Sky” on Tuesday, June 14.

Chris Dalla Piazza, 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.

According to Dall Piazza, “There will be a shadow transit on Jupiter by Ganymede and an eclipse of Callisto on Friday, June 17, which will make for a rich observing experience to dovetail into a talk about Jupiter’s moons.”

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Explore Lycoming County Using New Passport Initiative

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

Antique, Vintage Quilt Collecting and Interpretation Topic of Muncy Historical Society Presentations

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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Spend a weekend in historic Muncy

 10th Annual Quilt Show & Challenge

July 18 -19, 2014

Judith Cole Youngman
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. Read the rest of this entry »

Muncy Cup Golf Tourney Benefits Historical Society, Kiwanis

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Muncy Cup Winners
2014 Muncy Cup 1st place winners, Dale Appleman and Dave Boudman.

The Wynding Brook Golf Club was an ideal setting for this year’s co-sponsored 2014 Muncy Cup golf event. Muncy’s Historical Society and Kiwanis Club partnered for the annual outing that helps both organizations achieve community-minded objectives: preserving local history and heritage for future generations and helping the young people of the community.

The first-place, two-person team of Dale Appleman and Dave Boudman received Muncy Cup trophies and flags.  Second-place winners were Dick Day and Randy Wolfe and third place went to Jay Reed and Stacey Roarty. Jim Bergey and Dondi Hockenbrock placed fourth; Tom Penfield and Jim Vanderin took fifth; and Cody and Matthew Rogers’ score gave them sixth place. The first- through sixth-place teams received cash awards $500 to $50 per team. Read the rest of this entry »

Quilters Rummage Sale & Workshop

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Saturday, July 19, 2014, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Muncy Historical Society, 40 N. Main Street, Muncy

UGRRF_5Our third annual Quilter’s Rummage Sale will feature a wide variety of material (being sold by the pound) plus books, kits, quilter tools and other quilt-related paraphernalia. Judith Cole Youngman’s two books, the Amadeus notecards and the Society’s historic patterns will also be available.

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 9 a.m.-Noon
Location: Muncy Historical Society, 40 N. Main Street, Muncy

This year’s workshop will be both educational and hands-on. For this workshop, Judith Cole Youngman will introduce a pattern of her own design, the Lycoming Lily, and she will help attendees plan their own quilt. The workshop fee is $20. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration forms are available by calling 570-546-5917.

Stroll through Historic Muncy Homes

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St. James Episcopal Church
St. James Episcopal Church

Experience the beauty and charm of one of Pennsylvania’s finest communities as the Muncy Historical Society hosts its annual Historic Homes and Walking Tour from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 20. The $12 tour donation includes admission to showcase properties, a descriptive brochure, special exhibits, shopping opportunities, interaction with living history performers, trolley rides and refreshments.

Society Executive Director William Poulton invites everyone to experience the nostalgia of Muncy when the society offers its guests a different happening annually, and on October 20, guests will experience a combination of unique properties, special one-day only exhibits, and personal engagements. Poulton is particularly excited to announce that a replica of the custom coffin in which President Lincoln is buried will be on display and Mary Todd Lincoln will be available to comment on her first lady experiences and to answer questions. Read the rest of this entry »

Night Before Christmas

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Santa and Mrs. Claus
Santa and Mrs. Claus

A flannel nightgown-clad Bob Dunkelberger will seat himself in front of Muncy Historical Society’s fireplace to read Clement Clarke Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas” classic on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m.

The annual event is designed to entertain both young and old alike, and as in past years, Santa Claus is expected to make a guest appearance. The meeting room will be decorated for the holidays and there will be plenty of opportunities for picture-taking. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras.

The society’s meetings and events are always open to the public and light refreshments will be served immediately following the reading. Read the rest of this entry »

Stroll through Historic Muncy Homes

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Experience the beauty and charm of one of Pennsylvania’s finest communities as the Muncy Historical Society hosts its annual Historic Homes and Walking Tour from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. The $12 tour donation includes admission to showcase properties, a descriptive brochure, special exhibits, shopping opportunities, interaction with living history performers, trolley rides and refreshments.

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Devin Maciejewski of Muncy inherited this Jean Mohr painting from his great grandmother Mildred Ferrell. The recent donation to the Muncy Historical Society will be on display and is the only “on glass” painting in the Museum’s collection.

Society Executive Director William Poulton invites everyone to experience historic Muncy and as he commented in the recently-aired WVIA documentary “Our Town Muncy” that “Muncy is like Colonial Williamsburg but without the five hour drive.” The historical society offers its guests a different happening annually, and this year the focus will be on Muncy’s artistic heritage. On Oct. 21, guests will experience a combination of historic properties, special one-day only exhibits, and personal engagements.

One stop, and the event ticket center, for the Homes and Walking Tour is the Muncy Historical Society, housed in one of Muncy’s earliest frame homes. The two and one-half story, seven-bay frame building represents the Greek revival style. Muncy’s artistic heritage is readily apparent at this stop where the creative geniuses of more than 50 local past and contemporary artists’ works are on display. The museum’s collection includes a wide range of original art and exemplary craftsmanship, including photography, oil paintings, jewelry, pottery, woodworking, quilting, mosaics, watercolor, sculpture, and home décor. In addition to its own collection of Mohr’s, the Society has partnered with the Lycoming-Clinton Counties Commission on Community Action (STEP) who will be displaying a partial exhibit of restored Jean Mohr murals that were salvaged from the basement bar area of the former Moran Hotel/Muncy Senior Center.  Some of these large pieces help create the perfect backdrop for the Society’s meeting room-turned taproom where guests can taste test our non-alcoholic brew before moving on to the next venue.

The properties are always interesting since the Society features homes representing a variety of architectural styles, from Colonial to Federal to Victorian eclectic. Within walking distance, ticketholders will meet Benjamin Pott! Born in 1802, Benjamin Pott became one of Muncy’s premiere cabinetmakers and builders. While his early advertisements “invite the public to view all kinds of cabinet ware, manufactured by the most competent workmen, and finished in superior style, and sold on the most reasonable terms” Pott is remembered for his doorways! Two of his doorways are featured – the entrance to his home at 27 N. Main Street and across the street, the entrance to 26 N. Main.

Robert Risk and his sons were builders on a much larger scale than Pott as evidenced by the home located at 28 N. Main Street. This substantial brick is evidence of the vast wealth that many of Muncy’s merchants accumulated during the canal and lumber eras of Lycoming County. Mrs. Risk will greet visitors on the front porch and will welcome all to explore her home’s exquisite woodwork, built-ins, and its many rooms. Two handcrafted dollhouses, recently donated to the Society’s collection, will be on display.

Jean Mohr sketch

Jean Mohr joins the event by making his appearance at the Fort Brady Hotel. The Brady’s wall murals are Muncy’s best preserved and Mohr welcomes all to come and sit a spell as he finished his work. The hotel desk manager will arrange for your bath as you take time to register for your lodging

As in bygone days, traveling theatrical companies arrived in town by stagecoach … their props, costumes and personal luggage were hoisted by block and tackle up to the side doorway, three floors above street level. The stage driver discharged his passengers in the alleyway, at the back entrance, reserved for the likes of them! He has a yarn or two to share and, perhaps, will issue a word of caution for a meeting with the “Real Widow Brown.” Widow Brown’s travels included performances in London, Berlin and New York City and she’s not quite sure what to make of this stop in Muncy. While the show is booked for two weeks, how will this quaint little town fill this brand new Opera House?

The trolley will be making its way up and down Muncy’s main street during the event hours and the on-board guide will regale passengers with pertinent facts about Muncy’s artistic and historical heritage.  There will be a number of stops, clearly marked, so that passengers can embark and disembark conveniently near all of the tour locations.

Ticket holders may park in one of the centrally located designated areas and most of the Muncy properties are within easy walking distance.

Advance tickets, at the discounted price of $10 for the Historic Homes and Walking Tour, may be purchased from 9 a.m. to three, October 12, 15 and 19, or by mail at P.O. Box 11, Muncy, PA 17756. Tickets the day of the tour are $12 and may be purchased at the Muncy Historical Society.

More information is available by calling the Muncy Historical Society at 546-5917. On the Internet at