Current Events

Sunday, August 20 -- 2:00 p.m.

Reenactment of 1756 Ambush at Bloody Spring

The public is invited to attend a re-enactment of the August 1756 ambush at Bloody Spring by Indians of a Pennsylvania soldier belonging to the Fort Augusta garrison.
The free event will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20. It will take place along Memorial Drive in Sunbury, across from the tennis courts.
The re-enactment will be sponsored by the Northumberland County Historical Society and the Augusta Battalion, whose members portray colonial soldiers belonging to the 3rd Battalion of the Pennsylvania Provincial Regiment.
Memorial Drive will be closed to traffic during the re-enactment. Spectators will be able to park in the lot of the Sunbury City Ice Rink and are urged to bring lawn chairs.
Following the re-enactment, the historical society will have an open house at its headquarters at 1150 N. Front St.
People attending the open house will have the opportunity to speak with the re-enactors, view artifacts related to Fort Augusta and tour the model fort in front of the Hunter House.

Saturday, May 13 - 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


History Day

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.