Thursday, March 16 - 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
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
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'
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
12pm– Military Music from different era’s
1pm– Spies of the Civil War
2pm– Ft. Augusta during the Rev. War
3pm - Local canal history – Capt Mick
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
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
Thank you for another really great
Indoor Yard Sale!!!!
December 3, 2015 Annual Christmas Dinner and Meeting
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
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
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
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
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
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 meeting. 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)
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
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!