President's Message

September 6, 2018

Dear Members and Friends,

As this very wet and muggy summer draws to a close, we’ll all look forward to the fall and the beauty and crisp, clear air it brings to the Susquehanna River Valley. Record rainfall, flash flooding, and extreme humidity did not keep visitors and researchers away. Our guest book indicates visitors came from 20 states and 54 towns in Pennsylvania so far this year. Our volunteers have done an excellent job with the day-to-day tasks. In recent months we welcomed three new volunteers, Jody Ocker, Gloria Snyder, and Jenny Snyder. Each has different talents and we appreciate their energy, enthusiasm, and dedication. They are a great addition!

Our Thursday, September 20th meeting will be held off site and will focus on dendrochronology, the study of growth rings in timber. We thank David and Colleen Ruths for hosting this meeting at their historic property at 345 Epler Road, Northumberland. They had timbers in their home analyzed earlier this year to establish its approximate date of construction. Please note that the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Plan to attend and find out what they’ve learned about their home and its history through this fascinating process. We hope to see you there and, as always, guests are welcome.

Our schedule of activities is laid out for the rest of 2018. Please be sure to check the calendar of events inside for all the details. The Society’s officers and board members are finalizing programs and special events for 2019. It’s sure to be an interesting lineup and we hope you’ll take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about our local history.

We’ve changed the day and location of our Annual Dinner which was traditionally held on the first Thursday in December. The gathering will be held on Tuesday, December 4th at the Packer House on N. Third Street in Sunbury. Reservation forms with all the details will be mailed in a few weeks.

I’d like to thank those who have contributed to our 2018 Annual Appeal. We are fortunate to have members who understand the need and are eager to help. We are truly grateful for your continued support which allows us to enhance our services and pro-grams. If you haven’t yet contributed to this year’s Annual Appeal, you may do so until December 31st.

Warm regards,

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.