President's Message

Dear Members and Friends,

Coronavirus, COVID-19, and global pandemic have become household words and we’ve all experienced the unsettling disruption caused by this invisible enemy. Life, as we knew it, may never be quite the same. The forced closure began about the time we were gearing up for the spring and summer months and visitors haven't been plentiful since we’ve reopened. Mail and email research requests are on the rise and are keeping our library staff busy. The pandemic is forcing us to examine how we can better serve our members and visitors during a crisis like this and we’re planning to make some of our resources accessible through our website and increase our use of social media.

Our volunteers have done an excellent job with the day-to-day tasks which run the gamut from genealogical and historical research, bookkeeping, pulling weeds, to taking care of the fort model and our collections. Their contributions of time and energy are valued and appreciated.  The future of the historical society would be bleak without the help of our volunteers.  And to be quite honest, we could always use a few more. There are a variety of tasks that need to be done inside and out. If you have some spare time and would like to assist us, call 570-286-4083 or email us at [email protected]

All of our meetings and special events for the balance of 2020 have been canceled, including the Annual Dinner.  Please be sure to check the website frequently for updates as to what we’ll be able to do as the spring rolls around.  The safety of our members, visitors, and volunteers is our number one concern and we will be following all guidelines set forth by Governor Wolf and the state health agencies. We’re continuing to work on our temporary exhibit space and look forward to its completion.

We have decided to move forward with our Annual Indoor Yard Sale on February 18th, 19th, and 20th and are now accepting donations of items for the sale.  They can be dropped off any day we are open. Precautionary measures will be taken to ensure the safety of our visitors.

I’d like to thank those who have contributed to our 2020 Annual Appeal.  We are so 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 programs. If you haven’t yet contributed to this year’s Annual Appeal, you may do so until December 31st.

Best 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.