President's Message

Dear Members,

As Thanksgiving approaches and 2021 draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on our accomplishments this year despite the pandemic.  Our programs resumed in September, our fundraisers have been successful, and we’ve welcomed new members. We are also thankful for the tireless dedication of our volunteers, officers, and board members. The talents and energy of this group keep our organization running smoothly and I’m grateful for everyone’s willingness to work together. Our traveling Youth Booth, a new venture for us, will be on the road visiting festivals and other community events throughout the county with activities for the kiddos next year.

Please note that the library and museum will be closed Wednesday, November 24th and Friday, November 26th so that our volunteers will be able to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families.  We’ll reopen on Monday, November 29th at 1:00 p.m.

Don’t miss our special Holiday Open House held in conjunction with our late night in the library on Wednesday, December 1st from 1:00 to 8:00 pm. Stop by for special deals on local history books and other merchandise.  Our table in the lobby is loaded with an assortment of holiday stocking stuffers.  Duplicate items from our library will also be offered and the selection on that table changes constantly. Lots of interesting stuff!  The Michael Roush print “Returning to the Fort”  will also be available.

I hope to see many of you at our Annual Dinner on Thursday, December 2nd at Whispering Oaks Winery. Jill Sturgis Thomas of Sturgis Pretzel fame will be our speaker so it’s sure to be an enjoyable evening.  The reservation form is included in this mailing.  Deadline is Thursday, November 18th.

The Sunday afternoon openings ended October 31st.  I’d like to thank Mike McWilliams and his group of tour guides who were here to welcome our visitors each Sunday. The number of visitors was a bit disappointing, but understandable because of the pandemic. We’re hoping to attract even more visitors to the fort replica and museum in 2022.

Our annual Indoor Yard Sale is coming up on February 17th, 18th, and 19th. Donations of clean, gently used household items, books, etc. will be welcomed by our committee. Spread the word and come back and enjoy the treasure hunt!

Enjoy the holiday season!

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.