Past Events

December 8, 2018

Meet and greet the authors

 

 

Annual Dinner Meeting at the Packer House,

N. Third Street, Sunbury. 

Turkey Dinner with special entertainment by singer, songwriter, educator and lover of history, Van Wagner.

A good time was had by all

 

 


November 15 2018 Hessian Soldiers

Postponed until a later date

Speaker: Daniel Schwalm


 

 

Sunday October 21, 2018 2 - 4 pm

Artist Michael Roush was at our open house to sign his prints. Prints of his painting “Returning to the Fort”, which are suitable for framing, can be purchased at $45.00 each, $40.00 for members, and would make a great gift for the history buff.

October 18, 2018

Speaker: Kathleen Van Schuyler 

Topic: Kathleen’s family genealogy. Kathleen recently visited Salem, Massachusetts, to visit the place where one of her ancestors, the Rev. George Burroughs, was hanged for witchcraft in 1692.

The picture below is of Kathleen with 2 new found cousins, also descendants of the Burroughs family.


September 20, 2018

Hidden Secrets in Old Timbers

David Ruths and Dendrochronologist William Callahan

told about this old house and how they figured out when it was built

 

 

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Speaker: Glenda Strouse 

Topic: the Old Chillisquaque cemetery near Route 147.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

 

     John Moore presented “The defiant Northumberland editor vs.President John Adams.” In 1798 the U.S. government enacted the Alien and Sedition laws, which, among other things, made it illegal to criticize the president of the United States. These laws didn’t sit well with Thomas Cooper, editor of the Northumberland Gazette. In June 1799 he published blistering criticism of the president. One of his readers sent the article to the U.S. government. In April 1800, Cooper stood trial in Philadelphia, charged with libeling Adams. Convicted, Cooper spent six months in jail.

     A retired newspaper editor, Moore provided details of the case and told why the news media today enjoys the freedom to criticize our government.

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Lantern Tours

 People saw the Fort Augusta property in a different light!

Period-dressed tour guides led the way to three different scenarios reflecting events from the days of the fort.  The fort's museum was open.  Light refreshments were enjoyed.

As always admission was free.

 


Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

 An Evening of Spooky Tales

Beverley Conrad, the fiddle-playing storyteller from Salem Swamp, regaled us with ghost stories dealing with historic locales, accompanied by spooky fiddle music.

It was a great way to get in the “spirit” of Halloween. 

As always it was free and open to the public.

 

 


August 20, 2017 "The Ambush at Bloody Spring"

The public was invited to attend a re-enactment of the August 1756 ambush at Bloody Spring by Indians of a Pennsylvania soldier belonging to the Fort Augusta garrison.
The free event began at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 20 and took place along Memorial Drive in Sunbury, across from the tennis courts. The re-enactment was sponsored by the Northumberland County Historical Society and the Augusta Battalion, whose members portray colonial soldiers belonging to the 3rd Battalion of the Pennsylvania Provincial Regiment. Memorial Drive was closed to traffic during the re-enactment. Spectators were able to park in the lot of the Sunbury City Ice Rink and were urged to bring lawn chairs.
Following the re-enactment, the historical society hosted an open house and guests had the opportunity to speak with the re-enactors, view artifacts related to Fort Augusta and tour the model fort in front of the Hunter House.

Private James Pattin is the victim of the savages at the Bloody Spring.

Above: Retrieving the body of Private Pattin.  Below: Paying respects to the fallen comrade.

 

 

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

History Day

Don’t miss this living timeline of history! Visit with reenactors from different eras.  See canal memorabilia, special displays and craftspeople.  Programs on different topics of local history were presented in the library throughout the day. 

 

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.

Rescheduled after March cancellation!

Van Wagner to present mining program.

 

The mining of anthracite coal has long been an essential part of Northumberland County’s history.

     The Irish miners who came to the county to dig that coal make up a colorful part of the anthracite story. The April meeting promises a special treat: singer/songwriter Van Wagner will perform some coal mining heritage songs. He says that he’ll also “explain what I consider to be the three main eras of mining in our region.” Van says that “having once worked underground myself,” he’ll be able to draw upon his personal experiences.  

All programs are free and open to the public.

 


June 11, 2016

Northumberland County Historical Societies'

 

HISTORY DAY

 

was held at the Fort Augusta Museum Grounds,

Front Street in Sunbury

 June 11th from 10am-4pm.

 

Inside the museum-


10am-  History beneath our feet - Outhouse digs – Robert E. Lee

                                                                               

11am - Clarence Deppen– A Sunbury soldier in WW1

John Deppen


12pm– Military Music from different era’s

Rick Enterline 


 1pm– Spies of the Civil War

The Stockers

 2pm– Ft. Augusta during the Rev. War

John Moore


 3pm -  Local canal history –  Capt Mick

                                                                                 

Food available

 

There were many Re-enactors and Historians present to explain life in the past. The Augusta Regiment (they built Fort Augusta), John Moore (Susquehanna Jack), Capt. Mick (Local Canal History), Eileen Anderson (The washer woman). We will have French and Indian War, Civil War (North and South), Coopers Battery, World War Two display, just to name a few.

Gary Fogelman (Expert on Indian artifacts) had a display and did appraisals through out the day. 

March 17, 2016

John Moore in costume presents 

"Murder of Seneca George"

to another full house

November 19, 2015 - Conrad Weiser


Colonial re-enactor and long-time volunteer at Weiser's Homestead in Womelsdorf, Lynn Otto presented a talk about Conrad Weiser and his ties with the Iroquois and Delaware Indians who lived at the Forks of the Susquehanna River during the 1740' nd 1750's Otto discussed Weiser's ties with Shikellamy, Sassoonan and other Native Americans who made trips between the naive town of Shamokin (present day Sunbury) and Weiser's base at Womelsdorf.

  

 


 

October 15, 2015

 

Hugh Barnett was with us at our 7p.m. program to portray 

Etienne Brule

The Canadian actor/historian portrayed the early French explorer

who traveled along the Susquehanna by canoe in 1615

 At 4 p.m., Barnett gave a first-person portrayal of Brule in a special after-school program for students. Students attending Shikellamy schools as well as home-schoolers were invited.

July 6, 2015 Sunbury City Band at the Fort

 

 

 

May 21, 2015

David J. Minderhout, professor emeritus of anthropology at Bloomsburg University, addressed our May 21 meeting. His talk focused on Indians who lived along the Susquehanna River.
 
Dr. Minderhout is the author of the 2013 book, “Native Americans in the Susquehanna River Valley, Past and Present.”

April 16, 2015 Prince David Farrington

 

Guy Graybill with some of the audience at the program

April 11, 2015

 

Two students from Susquehanna University raked leaves from the Hunter-Grant Cemetery as part of SU Serve, a community service project, on Saturday, April 11.  The other eight members of the group removed leaves from the fort model, the powder magazine, and mulched flower beds around the Hunter House.  It’s amazing what ten energetic young men can accomplish in three hours!  Before they left they toured the Fort Augusta museum and found the exhibit, especially the story of the large cannon on display, very interesting.

March 19, 2015 Timothy Murphy




Timothy Murphy, a Sunbury man who became a famous sharpshooter during the American Revolutionary War, was the March 19 topic of Northumberland writer John L. Moore.


November 11, 2014

Joe Baker, PennDOT archaeologist, presented a program on the work being done to find the exact location of Fort Halifax by PennDOT and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He discussed the findings to date and future work.

 


Lantern Tour October 18, 2014

Picture from last years tour

Fun for all

People came to see the fort in a different light
and see the temporary exhibit of Hunter family items.

Tours were led by period-dressed guides from 6:00 to 8:30.


Refreshments were enjoyed in the research library


October 16, 2014 - Stephen G Warfel

The audience listening intently as Steve gives his presentation

 

 

September 18, 2014 Show and Tell

An ambrotype from 1854-1866

Just one of the items at our show and tell

 

 

August 9, 2014 Colonial Crafts Day

A vendor with his wares

 

 

Fort Augusta Day July 5th 2014

See all of our pictures in the picture Gallery

 

June 19, 2014 Robert Miller speaks about his book

 

"Many of my thoughts for the novel revolved around an area close to Dalmatia called the Cogan.  As I walked through this wooded area, ideas led to various scenes in my mind.  Sunbury and Fort Augusta also are important places in the novel.  As the characters
developed I placed them in the various settings throughout. Even though this is fiction, history played a big role.  Developing my thoughts and characters led to a story that eventually became this novel."


May 15 2014

Dr Levine with a descendant of Madam Montour's sister

 

 

May 10, 2014 History Day

Part of the encampment

See more pictures at "The Photo Gallery"

 

Saturday April 19, 2014 1 P.M. Shikellamy Marina

 Annual Easter Egg Hunt

 

 

 

 

April 17, 2014

 

Jeff Greenawalt, a Central Pennsylvania actor who portrays George Washington, addressed our  April 17meeting.  He told us about George Washington’s involvement in events shortly before and during the French and Indian War, which included his relationship with Andrew Montour.

 

 


March 20, 2014

Our own John Moore, did a program about the original construction of Fort Augusta and events at the fort during its first year

(July 1756-June 1757)

 

 

Saturday Feb. 1, 2014

For many months, 18th century artisan David Hughes of Gibsonia, Pa., has been making reproductions of a small silver cross found in Sunbury during an archaeological dig at the site of old Fort Augusta. On Feb. 1, Dave got to meet long-time society member Charlotte Rhinehart, who found the original cross while volunteering at an archaeological dig at the Fort Augusta site in 1979. The silversmith refers to the replicas as “Charlotte’s Cross” in Charlotte’s honor. The occasion was the annual 18th Century Artisans Show in Lewisburg where Dave was a vendor. To promote its sale of the silver cross, the Historical Society held a “Meet the Silversmith” event during the show. As a special treat, the society arranged for the original cross to be brought to the show so that Dave could see it. He had never seen the original.

The Northumberland County Historical Society is selling the replicas as part of its fund drive to pay for the construction of the outdoor model of the fort built in Sunbury last year.

Replicas of the cross are still on sale for $50 each. Anyone interesting in purchasing one should contact the Historical Society at 570-286-8043 or by email www.northumerlandcountyhistoricalsociety.org

 


November 21, 2013 Regular Meeting

Faye and Barry Stocker, civil War Re-enactors gave a presentation on

 

"Civil War Thanksgiving"

Faye and Barry Stocker, civil War Re-enactors gave the presentation

 

It covered the celebrating of the holiday before its inception as a National Holiday to actions that Lincoln took to make it a National Day of Thanksgiving.

They also showed untensils that may have been used to prepare the dinner 

Faye and Barry have been involved in doing presentations for 18 years.  They are involved with many various organizations who travel to do re-enactments.

 

 


November 10, 2013

Dedication of the

"FORT"

was held at 3 p.m. 

There were a few short speaches and some light refreshments

See all the photos at the photo Gallery

in the events tab

 

 

 


September 19, 2013 Show and Tell at Nottingham Village

Ann Roll brought this old baseball program in for all to see

 

August 10, 2013 Living History Day - Colonial Crafts Demonstration Day

Many people experienced an interesting and colorful blend of arts, crafts and history as new and returning traditional artisans and craftspeople shared their insight, demonstrated their skills and displayed their wares here at the site of Fort Augusta.  Some participants had items to sell. This event which focuses on the 18th century, grows each year!


June 20, 2013 - Emory Conrad Malick - Sunbury’s First Aviator


Presented by Mary Groce, who grew up across the river in Selinsgrove.  She now lives near Philadelphia, in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and she makes her living as a harpist, singer, and writer, as well as presenting lectures about her great uncle, Emory Conrad Malick.

  These programs are free and open to the public.

 

May 16, 2013 - Zion’s Stone Valley Church Cemetery Tour

               

                               Judge William Wiest at The Stone Valley Church


Reminiscent of the pilgrimages that the Society used to take years ago, we ventured to Zion Stone Valley Church near Hickory Corners where Northumberland County Judge and accomplished genealogist William Wiest guided us through the church cemetery and discussed the early families buried there. The church and cemetery were established in the 1770's. 

 

April 20, 2013 - First Annual History Day - Captain Mick with the Packet Boat

 

 

 

April 18, 2013 Regular Meeting

 


“Fort Augusta’s Contribution

to Gen. John Sullivan’s Expedition

against the western Iroquois Indians in 1779.”

 

John L. Moore, the Northumberland writer, toldl how Indian hostilities impacted life in the Susquehanna Valley during 1778 and how the American military retaliated against the Indians in 1779.


 

March 21, 2013 Thomas Badman

 

                                                                                            

Thomas Badman showing some of the artifacts he has collected

 

 

November 15 2012 One Room School Houses in Lower Northumberland County

 Here is Shirley Silvick asking attendees to raise their hands if they ever attended a one room school house.

 

 

 

November 10 2012 Senior Expo at Shikellamy High School

Cindy Inkrote standing next to our display

 

 

October 27 2012 Living History Evening

Lantern Tours, by period dressed guides, presented Fort Augusta’s well, powder magazine and the Hunter-Grant Cemetery in a different light!   The Museum was open and refreshments were served.

 

 

August 11 2012 Living History Day

 

Colonial Crafts Demonstration Day — People experienced an interesting and
colorful blend of art, craft, and history as new and returning traditional artisans and
craftspeople shared their insight, demonstrate their skills, and displayed their wares here
at the site of Fort Augusta. Some participants had items to sell. A great event which focuses on the 18th century and grows each year!

 

 

August 6-8 2012 Summer History Camp

 

Summer History Camp at the Hunter House, Sunbury for 1st through 5th graders.  Alan Hackenberg, dressed in period costume, shows the attendees the original fort well

 

 

March 15 2012 “A Picture of the Past— Stories from the Outhouse”

Presented by Robert E. Lee of Millville, a potter by trade. He discussed the items he’s found on the sites of the more than 200 outhouses he’s dug in the area. He told us of the usual and the surprising discoveries he’s made in America’s first landfills!