Thursday, April 20 - 7:00 p.m.
Rescheduled after March cancellation!
Van Wagner to present mining program.
The mining of anthracite coal has long been an essential part of Northumberland County’s history.
The Irish miners who came to the county to dig that coal make up a colorful part of the anthracite story. The April meeting promises a special treat: singer/songwriter Van Wagner will perform some coal mining heritage songs. He says that he’ll also “explain what I consider to be the three main eras of mining in our region.” Van says that “having once worked underground myself,” he’ll be able to draw upon his personal experiences.
Refreshments will be served following Wagner’s presentation. Invite a friend to come along! All programs are free and open to the public.
Saturday, May 13 - 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Don’t miss this living timeline of history! Visit with reenactors from different eras. See canal memorabilia, special displays and craftspeople. Programs on different topics of local history will be presented in the library throughout the day.
Food and drinks available.
Thursday, May 18 -- 7:00 p.m.
"The Story of Packer’s Island and the 16 Packer Farms"
Since 1700, the mile-long island situated in the Susquehanna River’s North Branch opposite Sunbury has experienced many changes. Today, the island has a state park, an airport and two campgrounds. There are few vestiges of its earlier incarnations. During the first half of the 18th century, it was part of the Native American town known as Shamokin, an Algonquian Indian word that meant “place of eels.” Agriculture became its mainstay during the 1800s, when it became known as Packer’s Island, but its agricultural heyday is all but forgotten. Local historian Glenda Strouse will remedy this in her presentation. A farm woman herself, Strouse has accumulated a wealth of information about this long-ago period in the island’s history.