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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”


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

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. Continue reading “Under the Night Sky: Half the Park is After Dark in Muncy”

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”

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Quilters Rummage Sale & Workshop

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.

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Under the Night Sky: Last Raft

Friday, August 15, 2014, 7 p.m.; Rain Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014, 7 p.m.
Location: Muncy Heritage Park & Nature Trail, 601 Pepper Street, Muncy
Free Admission

jbhlastraftJoin us for an introduction to the cultural and historic heritage of the Park with interpreters at the observation platform, the locktender’s façade/well site, the river overlook, the cargo boat pavilion, the packet boat and the Last Raft model at the Education Pavilion. “The Last Raft” documentary will be shown at dusk. Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, bug spray and flashlights. Hot dogs, bottled water, soda and popcorn will be for sale.


Gen. George G. Meade at Muncy

Commonwealth Speaker, Civil War Historian
Anthony Waskie to Portray
Gen. George G. Meade at Muncy

The Muncy Historical Society will host the Commonwealth Speaker and nationally-recognized Civil War preservationist, Anthony Waskie, specializing in the life of General George G. Meade at the First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market Street, Sunday, October 14 at 2:30 pm. Doors open at 1:30. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Using Meade’s own words and extensive background research, Anthony Waskie, speaking as General Meade, recounts the general’s career and services to the nation. From his work as an engineer and lighthouse builder, to combat in the Seminole and Mexican Wars, to his assuming command of the Union Army on the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg (where he handed Lee his first defeat), Meade was integral to the survival of the Union. Not only successful in war, Meade also designed Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, founded two schools for orphans of Civil War veterans and helped integrate surviving veterans back into peaceful pursuits. Audiences are encourage to ask the “General” questions about his life and work.

Anthony Waskie is a Civil War historian, author, living history performer and preservationist specializing in the life of General George G. Meade. Waskie serves as President of the General Meade Society and Vice President of the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum & Library. He teaches in the Civil War and Emancipation Studies program at Temple University. Waskie received his MA and PhD degrees from New York University and his undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

This presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, sponsored in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. PHC inspires people to come together to share a life of learning. The Pennsylvania Museum is proud to host this program to further its mission of bringing the community together to learn about and share our local history.

In addition to Dr. Waskie’s first-person General Meade presentation, Muncy Historical Society volunteers will exhibit local Civil War memorabilia from a private collection. Young people, twelve and under, will each receive a free coloring book entitled “Billy Yank – the Union Soldier in the Civil War” and copies of “This Republic of Suffering – Death and the American Civil War” will be distributed as door prizes. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.

Call (570) 546-5917 or visit the society’s website,, for more information.


Program Focuses on the Civil War Submarine, C.S.S. Hunley

On Sunday, September 9 at 2:30 p.m., Barbie and Bush James will launch the fall schedule at the Muncy Historical Society’s 40 N. Main Street location.

Charleston, S.C. (Jan. 28, 2005) – Civil War Confederate submarine Hunley conservators Philippe de Vivies, left, and Paul Mardikian remove the first section of the crew’s bench at the Warren Lash Conservation Lab in the former Charleston Navy Shipyard, S.C. Archaeologists and conservators are hopeful that once the bench is removed, they will discover new Hunley artifacts. (Photo courtesy of Naval Historical Center.)

The C.S.S. Hunley was a submarine of the Confederate States of America and the first to sink an enemy ship during the Civil War. On February 17, 1864 Hunley attacked and sank the enemy ship, the USS Housatonic which was on Union blockade duty near Charleston. Soon after, Hunley sank for unknown reasons, killing all eight of her crew. The Hunley was discovered in 1995. An intensive underwater archaeological investigation and excavation culminated with the raising of the Hunley in 2000. The position of the remains of the eight crew members indicated that the men died at their stations.

Bush and Barbie James will present a brief history of the Hunley’s military endeavors before sharing their filming of the funeral taken when the remains of the crew were laid to rest at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina on April 17, 2004. Tens of thousands of people attended the service including some 10000 reenactors and civilians dressed wearing period clothing.

The Society’s meetings and events are always open to the public. Museum tours begin at 1:30 on meeting days and light refreshments are served immediately following the program in the colonial kitchen.