A Message from the President
I hope everyone is as happy to see Spring approaching as I am! I much prefer to mow yard than shovel snow. We would like to welcome two new board members Glenda Strouse from Northumberland and Maxine Harvey from Shamokin. They will contribute much with their vast knowledge of local history.
Thanks to all who donated things for the Indoor Yard Sale. There was quite a variety of articles to sell. Also a SPECIAL thanks to those who donated their time to help man the sale especially Ann, Sharon and Kathleen who organized and priced the merchandise.
The library reopened the beginning of March and Jack, the librarian, was welcomed back. We all wish him continued good health. A Big Thank You to Ann, Sheri, Carmen, Lou, Cindy and all the others who operated the library in Jack's absence.
Programs begin the third Thursday of March. The program on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day will feature music about our coal mining heritage. Two of the Board members will present programs the third Thursdays in April and May. The programs are described in more detail in the newsletter.
Save Saturday, May 13 to attend HISTORY DAY! There will be a variety of programs and booths to teach us or help us remember things from past times. There may be but not totally promising the smell of freshly roasted peanuts.
To stimulate an interest in history and reading in the area's youth, a program for the third graders in the Shikellamy School District is being offered. The coloring book, developed by members of the Northumberland County Historical Society and local artists, accompanied by questions to be completed will be given to each student. Prizes will be awarded for each third grade class along with a tour of Fort Augusta and the Museum at a reception for the students and their families.
Again this summer through the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau and a grant from PPL, the Passport Program will pick a winner for a trip to visit Historical places/museums in the Philadelphia area. Last year's winner of a trip to Gettysburg was from Northumberland. Young people from Snyder, Union and Northumberland counties can visit a number of Historical places/museums in these three counties and submit his/her passport to be entered in the random drawing for the Philadelphia trip.Hopefully will see many of you at this year's Society's events.
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.