Bradford County Historical Society holds monthly meeting

Bradford County Historical Society president Henry G. Farley welcomes new trustees Joyce Marr (left) and Sue Roy at the June meeting of the society.

At the June meeting of the Bradford County Historical Society, president Henry G. Farley introduced Sue Roy a new trustee appointed at the May meeting of the society to fill the unexpired term of Mary Rose Shaylor, who has moved from the area.

Matthew Carl in the report of the Manager/Curator stated that he spoke for the Foster Grandparent Program In-Service Day at the Towanda Elementary School. The honoraria plaque for donors to the annual appeal has been updated to include the major donors of 2018.

The first Friday Night at the Museum program was held on May 17 and was well attended the topic was Lewis Brothers Lumber Company on Barclay Mountain.

Grant applications have been submitted to Tioga Downs and Endless Mountains Heritage Region.

Many reservations have been received for the Archives without tears workshop to be held at the museum presented by the Pennsylvania State Archives.

The Society will be hosting “Kids Day” again this year June 14, in conjunction with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Y.M.C. A.

The next Friday Night at the Museum will be June 21, the topic is the story of the Junction Canal, presented by Town of Chemung, N.Y. Historian Mary Ellen Patterson Kunst.

Visitors to the museum in May 89. Website users 548, Facebook now has 1,281 members and our Twitter page has 75 followers, digital membership continues to grow.

Buddy Crockett in the Treasurer’s Report reviewed the investment of the society to include an update on the money placed in the Community Foundation of the Twin Tiers.

In the report of The Settler, editor Henry Farley reported that the society has received several family photo collections and inquiries from others as to how to give their collection to the society as a result of the May issue of the quarterly magazine that was devoted to photograph collections given to the society last year. Farley further reported that the September issue is in the works and will include the history of Bradford County’s early Jewish families who were the cornerstone of most of the business development in several of our towns.

During new business, the Annual Meeting (October 7) was discussed as well as the fact that 2020 will mark the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the society, a committee will be formed to plan for this special anniversary year.

Denise Golden in the Library Clerk’s Report stated that there were 30 registered library patrons for the period and 45 volunteer hours logged. Volunteers worked on yard work, refreshments for programs, map inventory, Settler research and completed family surname searches for Lane, Himes and Evans.

Recent gifts to the society were: Collection of receipts, letters, etc. from the Shortelle family of LeRaysville; given by James Shortelle Maas, Clifton Park, N.Y., Small wooden display case; given by Kathie DeWan, East Towanda. Collection of Towanda High School and Penn State yearbooks that belonged to Sally Meredith Haggerty; given by Shirley Barrett, Towanda. Collection of photos and memorabilia from the de la Montanye and Tracy families both very prominent early Towanda families; given by Eulie Costello, Waterbury, Vt. Three posters for events at the St. Francis, St. Mary’s and St. Anthony’s Churches; given by Joe Jones, Stevensville. Pa. Portrait of an unknown woman; given by Sue Wheeler, Wysox.

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