Past Events

Thursday, September 21, 2017 -- 7:00 p.m.

History Harvest

There's no better time than the first day of fall for the historical society to host a History Harvest.  The public is invited to bring family heirlooms or items made or used in the area to  the Hunter House and share the item's story.  We'll be working with Susquehanna University Library staff and students to document these items as part of a local history project begun at the University last year. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.  Each person is asked to bring no more than two items because of time constraints. 

August 20, 2017 "The 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, August 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.

Private James Pattin is the victim of the savages at the Bloody Spring.

Above: Retrieving the body of Private Pattin.  Below: Paying respects to the fallen comrade.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 -- 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. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 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, April 20, 2017 - 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.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday's program has been canceled.

Please check back for program updates.

 

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. Our March meeting occurs on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day and 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.

February 23, 24, 25, 2017

Stop by and enjoy some shopping for a good cause!

Check out the household items, holiday decorations, books, puzzles and more.

Thursday and Friday -- 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Saturday -- 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon

February 23, 24, 25, 2017

Indoor Yard Sale

Now accepting donations for the Indoor Yard Sale!

Get rid of all of those unwanted, gently used things cluttering up your cabinets, closets, drawers, and garage! Pack them up and donate them to our annual sale today. Your donations ensure that our sale will be successful and, best of all, that stuff will be gone! We’re sorry but we can’t accept clothing, bedding, pillows, stuffed animals, or encyclopedia sets.

December 1, 2016

Annual Christmas Dinner
Front Street Station
Northumberland

This evening's entertainment will be Vic Boris of Susquehanna University's Music Department, who plays the piano and encourages us to sing along with him. He entertained us a few years ago and we enjoyed it so much we asked him to return.

November 17, 2016

Native American Food by
Dr. DeeAnne Wymer
of Bloomsburg University

Dr. Wymer has had an interest in archaeology since her childhood and was always fascinated by the articles in National Geographic.  Her love of science and adventure led her to become an anthropologist and she's researched the Native American culture as well as that of the Egyptians.  Don't miss this opportunity to hear her presentation on her research about the foodways of Native Americans. 

Programs start promptly at 7 pm in the Historical Society's Library.

Light refreshments will be served after the program.


October 20, 2016

Clarks Summit actor Robert T. Hughes presented "John Mitchell: An American Legend," an hour-long play that commemorates the legendary United Mine Workers president and the miners who revered him.

Mitchell (1870-1919) led the UMW for a decade beginning in 1898.  His success in uniting miners of all ethnic backgrounds to strike in 1902 for better wages and working conditions launched a major reform in miners' lives throughout Pennsylvania's anthracite region.

 

September 15, 2016

Annual Show and Tell

Bring your favorite find and tell its story.

Bloody Spring Re-enactment Canceled

The outdoor reenactment at Bloody Spring scheduled for Sunday, August 21 at 2:00 p.m. has been canceled because of the threat of inclement weather.  Join us at 2:00 p.m. at the Hunter House, 1150 N. Front Street, Sunbury when John Moore will speak about the Ambush at Bloody Spring.  Members of the Augusta Regiment will also be available to answer questions and discuss the fort's role during the French and Indian War. A reception will be held after the presentation. This event is free and open to the public.

June 11, 2016

Northumberland County Historical Societies'

 

HISTORY DAY

 

was held at the Fort Augusta Museum Grounds,

Front Street in Sunbury

 June 11th from 10am-4pm.

 

Inside the museum-


10am-  History beneath our feet - Outhouse digs – Robert E. Lee

                                                                               

11am - Clarence Deppen– A Sunbury soldier in WW1

John Deppen


12pm– Military Music from different era’s

Rick Enterline 


 1pm– Spies of the Civil War

The Stockers

 2pm– Ft. Augusta during the Rev. War

John Moore


 3pm -  Local canal history –  Capt Mick

                                                                                 

Food available

 

There were many Re-enactors and Historians present to explain life in the past. The Augusta Regiment (they built Fort Augusta), John Moore (Susquehanna Jack), Capt. Mick (Local Canal History), Eileen Anderson (The washer woman). We will have French and Indian War, Civil War (North and South), Coopers Battery, World War Two display, just to name a few.

Gary Fogelman (Expert on Indian artifacts) had a display and did appraisals through out the day. 

April 21 2016

Indian Artifacts

 

An informal appraisal session was given by

John Moore and guests

 

March 17, 2016

John Moore in costume presents 

"Murder of Seneca George"

to another full house

February 2016

Thank you for another really great

Indoor Yard Sale!!!!

 

December 3, 2015 Annual Christmas Dinner and Meeting

 

Art Lieberman

 A local businessman who can sing and play more than 18,000 songs provided the entertainment Thursday, December 3, at the annual Christmas Dinner and meeting of the Northumberland County Historical Society. 

 


November 19, 2015 - Conrad Weiser


Colonial re-enactor and long-time volunteer at Weiser's Homestead in Womelsdorf, Lynn Otto presented a talk about Conrad Weiser and his ties with the Iroquois and Delaware Indians who lived at the Forks of the Susquehanna River during the 1740' nd 1750's Otto discussed Weiser's ties with Shikellamy, Sassoonan and other Native Americans who made trips between the naive town of Shamokin (present day Sunbury) and Weiser's base at Womelsdorf.

  

 


 

October 17, 2015

Genealogy 101

 

This two-hour class was held in the NCHS library

on Saturday October 17th

It was a basic hands-on how-to-get-started presentation

Hopefully there will be a genealogy 201 in the spring

 

October 15, 2015

 

Hugh Barnett was with us at our 7p.m. program to portray 

Etienne Brule

The Canadian actor/historian portrayed the early French explorer

who traveled along the Susquehanna by canoe in 1615

 At 4 p.m., Barnett gave a first-person portrayal of Brule in a special after-school program for students. Students attending Shikellamy schools as well as home-schoolers were invited.

September 17, 2015

Annual Show and Tell Program

 

Members and guests brought some of their favorite items to show and tell about.

 

 

July 6, 2015 Sunbury City Band at the Fort

 

 

 

May 21, 2015

David J. Minderhout, professor emeritus of anthropology at Bloomsburg University, addressed our May 21 meeting. His talk focused on Indians who lived along the Susquehanna River.
 
Dr. Minderhout is the author of the 2013 book, “Native Americans in the Susquehanna River Valley, Past and Present.”

April 16, 2015 Prince David Farrington

 

Guy Graybill with some of the audience at the program

April 11, 2015

 

Two students from Susquehanna University raked leaves from the Hunter-Grant Cemetery as part of SU Serve, a community service project, on Saturday, April 11.  The other eight members of the group removed leaves from the fort model, the powder magazine, and mulched flower beds around the Hunter House.  It’s amazing what ten energetic young men can accomplish in three hours!  Before they left they toured the Fort Augusta museum and found the exhibit, especially the story of the large cannon on display, very interesting.

 

 

March 19, 2015 Timothy Murphy




Timothy Murphy, a Sunbury man who became a famous sharpshooter during the American Revolutionary War, was the March 19 topic of Northumberland writer John L. Moore.


December 4, 2014

Annual Christmas Dinner and Election of Officers

Was held at the Front St Station in Northumberland

Dick Robey  spoke on the history of the railroads in the Northumberland

and Sunbury area

 

 

November 11, 2014

Joe Baker, PennDOT archaeologist, presented a program on the work being done to find the exact location of Fort Halifax by PennDOT and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He discussed the findings to date and future work.

 


Lantern Tour October 18, 2014

Picture from last years tour

Fun for all

People came to see the fort in a different light
and see the temporary exhibit of Hunter family items.

Tours were led by period-dressed guides from 6:00 to 8:30.


Refreshments were enjoyed in the research library


October 16, 2014 - Stephen G Warfel

The audience listening intently as Steve gives his presentation

 

 

September 18, 2014 Show and Tell

An ambrotype from 1854-1866

Just one of the items at our show and tell

 

 

August 9, 2014 Colonial Crafts Day

A vendor with his wares

 

 

Fort Augusta Day July 5th 2014

See all of our pictures in the picture Gallery

 

June 19, 2014 Robert Miller speaks about his book

 

"Many of my thoughts for the novel revolved around an area close to Dalmatia called the Cogan.  As I walked through this wooded area, ideas led to various scenes in my mind.  Sunbury and Fort Augusta also are important places in the novel.  As the characters
developed I placed them in the various settings throughout. Even though this is fiction, history played a big role.  Developing my thoughts and characters led to a story that eventually became this novel."


May 15 2014

Dr Levine with a descendant of Madam Montour's sister

 

 

May 10, 2014 History Day

Part of the encampment

See more pictures at "The Photo Gallery"

 

Saturday April 19, 2014 1 P.M. Shikellamy Marina

 Annual Easter Egg Hunt

 

 

 

 

April 17, 2014

 

Jeff Greenawalt, a Central Pennsylvania actor who portrays George Washington, addressed our  April 17meeting.  He told us about George Washington’s involvement in events shortly before and during the French and Indian War, which included his relationship with Andrew Montour.

 

 


March 20, 2014

Our own John Moore, did a program about the original construction of Fort Augusta and events at the fort during its first year

(July 1756-June 1757)

 

 

February 2014

Customers and workers at the indoor yard sale

 

Saturday Feb. 1, 2014

For many months, 18th century artisan David Hughes of Gibsonia, Pa., has been making reproductions of a small silver cross found in Sunbury during an archaeological dig at the site of old Fort Augusta. On Feb. 1, Dave got to meet long-time society member Charlotte Rhinehart, who found the original cross while volunteering at an archaeological dig at the Fort Augusta site in 1979. The silversmith refers to the replicas as “Charlotte’s Cross” in Charlotte’s honor. The occasion was the annual 18th Century Artisans Show in Lewisburg where Dave was a vendor. To promote its sale of the silver cross, the Historical Society held a “Meet the Silversmith” event during the show. As a special treat, the society arranged for the original cross to be brought to the show so that Dave could see it. He had never seen the original.

The Northumberland County Historical Society is selling the replicas as part of its fund drive to pay for the construction of the outdoor model of the fort built in Sunbury last year.

Replicas of the cross are still on sale for $50 each. Anyone interesting in purchasing one should contact the Historical Society at 570-286-8043 or by email www.northumerlandcountyhistoricalsociety.org

 


December 5, 2013 Annual Holiday Dinner

Over more than 60 members and guests enjoyed a festive dinner,

followed by election of officers and board members

 

                                                         

The evenings entertainmment was Victor Boris of Susquehanna Universities Musical History Department, who played the piano and encouraged us to sing along with him.

 

 

November 21, 2013 Regular Meeting

Faye and Barry Stocker, civil War Re-enactors gave a presentation on

 

"Civil War Thanksgiving"

Faye and Barry Stocker, civil War Re-enactors gave the presentation

 

It covered the celebrating of the holiday before its inception as a National Holiday to actions that Lincoln took to make it a National Day of Thanksgiving.

They also showed untensils that may have been used to prepare the dinner 

Faye and Barry have been involved in doing presentations for 18 years.  They are involved with many various organizations who travel to do re-enactments.

 

 


Civil War Ball - Nov 16, 2013

Saturday September 16th in the Lewisburg Hotel's Ballroom.  

Hosted by the Slifer House Museum and Susquehanna River Valley Heritage Alliance,

the ball was conducted by the Victorian Dance Ensemble with live music by

Douglas Jimerson and Civil War Comrades.  

 

            

Period costume was encourged!




 

November 10, 2013

Dedication of the

"FORT"

was held at 3 p.m. 

There were a few short speaches and some light refreshments

See all the photos at the photo Gallery

in the events tab

 

 

 


October 19, 2013 Living History Evening - Lantern Tours

Mike McWilliams and other "mourners"  of  Sam Hunter.

Return of a popular program from last year. 

Participants saw Fort Augusta's well, powder magazine, and the Hunter - Grant Cemetery in a different light!  There were period - dressed tour guides.  Museum was open and refreshments were served

 

 

October 17, 2013 Regular Meeting

Jeffrey Frazier, author of Pennsylvania Fireside books, was our speaker.  He dressed in frontier costume and related tales of Northumberland County

 

 

 

The author was born and raised in Centre Hall, Centre County, where he says he grew up in a “Tom Sawyer sort of way”.  Some of his fondest memories of that boyhood include explorations of out-of-the-way spots in the mountains and accounts of the legends that seem to cling to them.  After graduating from Penn State in 1967 and moving out of state, he realized how much he loved the Pennsylvania mountains and their stories.  It was this “home-sickness” that inspired him to collect and write the old-time tales.  Since that time he has collected those same anecdotes from all over the state, ranging from the Blue Mountains of Berks and Lehigh Counties, the South Mountains of Adams County, the “Black Forest” area of Potter and Tioga Counties, the Alleghenies of Clearfield and Blair Counties, and the other counties in the middle. 

September 19, 2013 Show and Tell at Nottingham Village

Ann Roll brought this old baseball program in for all to see

 

August 17, 2013

Thank you for attending Riverfest and purchasing t-shirts!!!!!

 

 

August 10, 2013 Living History Day - Colonial Crafts Demonstration Day

Many people experienced an interesting and colorful blend of arts, crafts and history as new and returning traditional artisans and craftspeople shared their insight, demonstrated their skills and displayed their wares here at the site of Fort Augusta.  Some participants had items to sell. This event which focuses on the 18th century, grows each year!


June 20, 2013 - Emory Conrad Malick - Sunbury’s First Aviator


Presented by Mary Groce, who grew up across the river in Selinsgrove.  She now lives near Philadelphia, in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and she makes her living as a harpist, singer, and writer, as well as presenting lectures about her great uncle, Emory Conrad Malick.

  These programs are free and open to the public.

 

May 16, 2013 - Zion’s Stone Valley Church Cemetery Tour

               

                               Judge William Wiest at The Stone Valley Church


Reminiscent of the pilgrimages that the Society used to take years ago, we ventured to Zion Stone Valley Church near Hickory Corners where Northumberland County Judge and accomplished genealogist William Wiest guided us through the church cemetery and discussed the early families buried there. The church and cemetery were established in the 1770's. 

 

April 20, 2013 - First Annual History Day - Captain Mick with the Packet Boat

 

 

 

April 18, 2013 Regular Meeting

 


“Fort Augusta’s Contribution

to Gen. John Sullivan’s Expedition

against the western Iroquois Indians in 1779.”

 

John L. Moore, the Northumberland writer, toldl how Indian hostilities impacted life in the Susquehanna Valley during 1778 and how the American military retaliated against the Indians in 1779.


 

Sunday - March 24, 2013 - Easter Egg Hunt - Shikellamy State Park Marina Playground

Barb Spavenda - organizer of the event with the Easter Bunny

 

 

March 21, 2013 Thomas Badman

 

                                                                                            

Thomas Badman showing some of the artifacts he has collected

 

 

March 1, 2013

The library opened for the 2013 year

 

 

February 13, 14, 15, and 16, 2013

Four Days of Fun!

Our annual Indoor Yard Sale was held at the Hunter House

 

 

 

We had a great time and the sale was a huge success.  See you again next year!  

 

 

December 6 2012 Annual Holiday Dinner

 

 

 

 

November 15 2012 One Room School Houses in Lower Northumberland County

 Here is Shirley Silvick asking attendees to raise their hands if they ever attended a one room school house.

 

 

 

November 10 2012 Senior Expo at Shikellamy High School

Cindy Inkrote standing next to our display

 

 

October 27 2012 Living History Evening

Lantern Tours, by period dressed guides, presented Fort Augusta’s well, powder magazine and the Hunter-Grant Cemetery in a different light!   The Museum was open and refreshments were served.

 

 

October 18 2012 “Powwowing and the Pennsylvania Dutch”

Presented by Northumberland County Judge William H. Wiest., who has assembled a collection of area residents powwowing experiences over the years and shared them with the audience. At the end of his presentation, he invited those attending to discuss their personal experiences or those of family members.

 

September 20 2012 Show and Tell

Show and Tell — One of our favorite programs returned. We invited everyone to bring one of
their personal treasures and share its story.
It’s always interesting to see what turns up!

 

 

August 11 2012 Living History Day

 

Colonial Crafts Demonstration Day — People experienced an interesting and
colorful blend of art, craft, and history as new and returning traditional artisans and
craftspeople shared their insight, demonstrate their skills, and displayed their wares here
at the site of Fort Augusta. Some participants had items to sell. A great event which focuses on the 18th century and grows each year!

 

 

August 6-8 2012 Summer History Camp

 

Summer History Camp at the Hunter House, Sunbury for 1st through 5th graders.  Alan Hackenberg, dressed in period costume, shows the attendees the original fort well

 

 

July 25 - 27 2012 Summer History Camp

Summer History Camp at the Joseph Priestley House, Northumberland for 1st through 5th graders.

 

 

June 21 2012 “The Schreckengasts of Spread Eagle Manor”

Gary Schreckengost of Lancaster presented “The Schreckengasts of Spread Eagle Manor,” now known as Klingerstown.  He discussed his ancestry and the family’s journey from Germany to America and the various places they lived during the 18th century. 

 

 

May 17 2012 The History of Gambling in the Anthracite Region

Dr. Karol Weaver, Associate Professor of History at Susquehanna University returned  with another informative and close-to-home program.  A native of eastern Northumberland County, Dr. Weaver presented her findings of another facet of coal region culture.

 

 

April 19 2012 Restoration of the Turbotville Train Station

Mike Sechler, president of the Turbotville Borough Heritage Society told of the project undertaken by a dedicated and determined group of volunteers from the Turbotville area. The train station was moved from Turbotville many years ago to the Magee Transportation Museum just off I-80 near Bloomsburg. On December 16, 2011 the Turbotville Train Station made its 25-mile journey back home.  

April 14 2012 Living History Day

Civil War reenacting group, Cooper’s Battery B, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, were here in full force equipped with soldiers, cannons, tents, etc. The unit they portray was recruited in Lawrence Co., PA and fought in the Battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg to name a few. Many of this group are from the area and look forward to returning to our grounds to commemorate the Civil War’s Sesquicentennial.

 

 

March 15 2012 “A Picture of the Past— Stories from the Outhouse”

Presented by Robert E. Lee of Millville, a potter by trade. He discussed the items he’s found on the sites of the more than 200 outhouses he’s dug in the area. He told us of the usual and the surprising discoveries he’s made in America’s first landfills!