President's Message

March 5, 2018

Dear Members,
 Spring is just around the corner and we’ll surely welcome it with open arms! It will be nice to put the snow shovel away and watch the grass and trees turn green and the flowers bloom. Our volunteers did not hibernate while we were closed for the winter.  The library staff continued to work on genealogy and local history requests and a lot of time and energy went into preparing for our annual Indoor Yard Sale.  It was our best sale ever thanks to those who donated a variety of quality items. Seeing 35 eager shoppers lined up at the door on the opening day was quite impressive.  Special thanks goes to Ann Roll, Sharon Markunas, and Kathleen Van Schuyler for taking the lead and to all of the other willing workers who assisted and contributed to the sale’s success.
 David Ruths of Northumberland joined the Society’s board and we welcome his energy and enthusiasm for local history.  He and the rest of the board are busy working on several projects for the coming year.
 The library reopened on March 2 and our staff is ready and willing to assist researchers, as usual.  A sound system with a wireless microphone was installed in the library/meeting room in February while we were closed.  This much needed improvement will be appreciated by both our presenters and our audience.  John Moore, our program chairman, has been busy finding speakers who will present a variety of programs.  Our first program of the year will be held on Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. when Joseph McGinley, Jr. of Kulpmont will present a program on the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918 and how it affected the county’s anthracite region 100 years ago. Please see the calendar of events inside for details on future programs and special events.
 Plan now to attend our annual History Day on Saturday, May 12. Reenactors, demonstrators, and displays will be set up indoors and out and a variety of programs will be presented throughout the day in the meeting room.  Vintage kitchen tools will be exhibited in the parlor. Refreshments will be available.  Come out and explore the past!
Cindy Inkrote

Mission Statement

The mission of the Northumberland County Historical Society is to encourage and stimulate interest in the rich history and diverse culture of Northumberland County and to preserve it by operating and maintaining a genealogical and historical research center and by caring for and increasing the Society's archives, photographs, and objects collections which document the county's history and culture and the lives of those who resided here; by educating through a museum at the site of Fort Augusta that features both permanent and site-specific exhibits and short-term county-specific exhibits of material culture; and by offering programs, special events, and publications to the general public and the membership thus serving as an asset to the residents of Northumberland County, the Susquehanna River Valley, as well as visitors to our region.