2017-08-12 / Arts & Living

Bradford County Historical Society holds August meeting

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At the August meeting of the board of trustees of the Bradford County Historical Society, Manager and Curator Matt Carl reported that there were 340 visitors to the museum for this period, 1,900 website sessions and the Facebook page has 977 members.

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Carl also reported that annual appeal letters were sent out the first week of July and that the historical society is at the half-way mark to goal. The society was mentioned in the newspaper or local magazines 71 times, and Mike Stevens from WNEP came to the museum and did a Pennsylvania Road segment about the museum’s World War I exhibit. The Towanda High School Class of 1952 also gave to the museum a much-appreciated gift of $1,000.

In the museum, library clerk Denise Golden reported that 109 library patrons and 137 volunteer hours were logged for this period. The research volunteers completed six family-search requests and the volunteer typists are busy typing for the World War I book.

The publications committee report was given by Carl. Carl reported that the World War I book is well underway; most of the typing is done and he is busy doing layout and photo placement. Carl is looking for volunteers to help index the book. Interested parties should contact the museum. Carl reported that the book will be 500 pages and is a real tribute to the men and women of Bradford County who served in the war. The deadline for sponsorships for the book is Sept. 1. Books can be pre-ordered now.

Joe Jones reported in the membership committee report that the museum has had 19 new members since the last meeting. The membership committee is planning events to attract visitors to the museum, one of which will be an antique appraisal day which is set for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Mr. Bullock from Wyalusing will be doing the appraisals. The committee is also planning an event for children the day of the Towanda Christmas parade. A teen board member program is being considered for the fall and the museum will be open Saturdays in September and October.

Henry Farley reported that Todd Babcock of the Tioga Point Museum will be the speaker for the annual meeting of the society on Oct. 22. Babcock presented “Mapping Bradford County and the State of Westmoreland” at a Friday Night at the Museum program and many expressed an interest in hearing more from Babcock. Farley also reported that the September issue of “The Settler” is at the printer.

Margaret Walsh, chairperson of nominating, announced that she will be presenting the names of board members to be elected at the annual meeting at the September meeting of the board.

The board approved a lending agreement for items groups may want to borrow from the society that were purchased for the Bicentennial Ball to include silverware and decorations.

Recent gifts to the museum include: Three Lehigh Valley Railroad ledgers and assorted historical newspapers, given by Kay Fulmer of Wysox; World War I photos of the Macafee family, given by Eva Wade of Sayre; photos of the Sturdevant, Newberry and Eldredge families, given by Vicky Newbury of Towanda; a photo of the Towanda High School girls’ basketball team in 1928, given by Elaine Sheridan of Chocowinity, North Carolina; a photo of Herbert Goss and information given by Elizabeth McKean of Brooktondale, New York; a portrait of Gladys E. Gay, Bradford County Historical Society trustee, 1973-1996, given by an anonymous donor; photos and items from the McKee family of Franklindale, given by Shirley Williams Giardina of Corning, New York; a collection of photos from the Simpson family, given by Dan Simpson of Sayre; framed items: Naiad–Lintas serving in the armed forces during World War II; a list of men who donated money to purchase equipment for Naiad No.2, 1854; a certificate of welcome to Linta Hose Company from Owego Fire Department, 1903; puzzles and a fireman’s overcoat given by Dave Brubaker of North Towanda; a letter regarding the North Orwell people who collected money for Howard Spaulding’s music lessons, given by Gerald Spaulding of Largo, Florida; a collection of photos and memorabilia for the Potterville/Orwell areas, given by Kathy Manchester Jones of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania; St. Agnes class book from 2013, given by Henry Farley; a photo of Camp Lee World War I soldiers, given by Ruth Smith of Athens; photos of the Towanda High School class of 1952, given by Betty Kilmer of Towanda; a photo and diploma from Luthers Mills High School for Raymond Lynch (brother of Doc Walt Lynch), given by Robert Lynch of New York, New York; a collection of newspapers collected by his mother given by Mike LaDue of Athens; a photo of Charles French, World War I soldier, given by Dorothy Stiles of Troy; a collection of photos taken by local photographers, one identified as Clarence Marshall, given by Teresa Adams of Salt Lake City, Utah; photos and diploma of Dorothy Tracy, given by John Carrington of Chenango Forks, New York; a collection of genealogy, photos and scrapbook, given by John Mingos of Potomac, Maryland; a 105th Parish Anniversary booklet for Ascension Ukrainian Catholic Church of Sayre, given by Irene Hannis Slocum of Sayre; a crazy quilt found in a home on Spring Hill, given by Tamar Stone of Towanda; an oil painting of the William Griffis home on Pine Street in Towanda, given by Celinda Cass Scott of Indiana, Pennsylvania; “Goodbye Forever, Life Beyond Germany,” compiled and given by Astrid Adler of Tiefenort, Germany; “The LaPort Inheritance,” compiled and given by Deborah Courville; photos of Henry T. Rockwell, World War I soldier, given by Jean Rockwell Warner of New Hope, Pennsylvania; four paintings of Susannah Wood, Davis A. Codding, John A. Codding and Percilla Hodge Codding, given by Anne Tonachel, of New York, New York; photos, books and memorabilia from the Codding and Hale families, given by Ruth Tonachel of Towanda.

The Bradford County Historical Society is located in the historic Bradford County Jail building located at 109 Pine Street in the heart of the Towanda Historic District. The society is a recipient agency of the Bradford County United Way, the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, and the Bradford County room-tax grant program.

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