Holiday Happenings at the Taber Museum

Arts & Museum Exhibits

December 2, 2022 to January 21, 2023

Lycoming County Historical Society Taber Museum

Holiday Exhibit - "Shopping During the Holidays: The L.L. Stearns Department Store" Dec. 3, 2022 - Jan. 21, 2023

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The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society will present as its holiday exhibit, "Shopping During the Holidays: The L.L. Stearns Department Store,” from Saturday, December 3, 2022 until Saturday, January 21, 2023. The public is invited to a free preview of the exhibit Friday, December 2, from 7:00 until 8:30pm. The exhibit continues through Saturday, January 21, 2023.

   Thanks to the generosity of the late Nancy Stearns and her four daughters, the Museum is able to present this exhibit. The Community Room will be stocked with memorabilia from the downtown department store which flourished from 1889 to 1994. Among the items on display will be the bell which swung over shoppers’ heads and is being ridden by a little girl (or elf?), the portrait of L.L. Stearns, photographs, boxes and shopping bags, merchandise, advertisements, clothing and a few surprises! Many of the items donated by the Stearns family have not been seen since the store closed.

Holiday Ornament Sale

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The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of their holiday exhibit in conjunction with their annual ornament sale. Members of the museum will have the opportunity to preview the holiday exhibit and purchase ornaments at a Members’ Only Sale, Friday, December 2, 6:00-7:00pm. The public is invited to visit on Friday evening from 7:00 until 8:30pm. The Ornament Sale and a free preview of the exhibit continues on Saturday, December 3, 11am until 4pm and Sunday, December 4, from 1-4pm.

   The artists participating this year include: Lisa Bitler (pottery), Amanda Emig (puffy foam snowmen, illustrated wildlife and farmlife animals), Karen Mothersbaugh (wire trees), Deb Parsons (lampworked glass), Theresa Phillips (gourds, fur), Victoria Stetts (Japanese kusudama blossom balls & origami cranes), Mike Swanger (blown glass), Becky Thomas (pine cones & pottery) and Catheal Weiser (pysanky eggs). Catheal Weiser is the featured artist and has decorated her eggs with some of the details from the L.L. Stearns Department Store bell. Many people remember the bell from their days of shopping at the store which flourished from 1889 until 1994. The museum is highlighting the history of the store with its holiday exhibit, Shopping During the Holidays: The L.L. Stearns Department Store. The Department Store exhibit will continue through Saturday, January 21, 2023.

   As well, a tree with a limited number of ornaments from previous years by the past featured artists will include the work of Jackie Thomas (loblolly pine woven ornaments), Deb Parsons (glass), Meg Smith (silver and jade) and Linda Campbell (ceramics). Pop up tables at the sale will include jewelry, stained glass, Santa collector illustrations, sculpture, fiber arts, pottery, blown glass and gourds.

Holiday Greeting Card Sale

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The Taber Museum is also introducing two new greeting cards for the holiday season. Each design features artwork by a local artist and both works of art are now in the permanent collections. 

One of the cards is the art quilt of Wendy Etzel. The quilt, “A Victorian Winter in 1872”, depicts the Peck House in Williamsport. The house is shown when in its youth, unveiling “the beauty of its silhouette as well as the extraordinary details that embellished its framework. Obviously the skilled architect designing the structure placed no bounds on his imagination.”   Wendy Etzel was captivated by the wonderful old mansions that dominated the area. An afternoon quilting class ignited the spark that has guided Wendy these past 45 years.
As a professional quilting teacher she has conducted classes across the USA, and has crossed the borders into Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In 1994 her first book, Houses of Cloth, featuring several of Williamsport's historic homes (including the Peck House on the cover) was chosen as the best new book at the Houston Quilt Market.    

The second card is a watercolor by the late Doris Heller Teufel. It features a poinsettia blooming within an Oriental vase. Doris was a graduate of Williamsport High School, class of 1950, and graduated cum laude from Lycoming College in 1954. In 1968, she received a Master of Art Ed. from Syracuse University. Doris was a teacher at J. George Becht School 1955-1959; Jefferson and Sheridan Schools, teaching art and music, 1959-1968; Roosevelt Junior High School, teaching art, 1968-1980; and Williamsport High School, teaching art from 1980 until her retirement in 1990.   

The cards are available in boxes of ten and priced at $12.00. There will be cards with no greeting and ones with a holiday greeting. Supplies will be limited. The cards promise to be a popular item because they reflect the great talent of these two Lycoming County artists!   

The museum store is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 9:30am until 4:00pm and Saturdays, 11:00am until 4:00pm. Members of the museum receive a 10% discount in the Museum Store.

The museum, located at 858 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 9:30am until 4:00pm and Saturdays, 11:00am until 4:00pm. Admission is charged. For more information about the museum, please contact the museum at 570.326.3326 or visit our website






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