Heather Hibbs to discuss 19th century cooking at the Taber Museum

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society has announced the topic of its first Coffee Hour for the 2013 season.

The speaker will be Heather Hibbs, who will be addressing the tasks vital to the well-being of a 19th century family – that of cooking, baking and canning.

The talk will be held at 10 a.m. March 14 in the Community Room of the Taber Museum.

The talk is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Heather Hibbs is the owner of Treadle Treasures in Middleburg. She specializes in the reproduction of Civil War era clothing for reenactors and Civil War enthusiasts.

The clothing is sewn on antique treadle sewing machines. Her sewing skills have been utilized by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Colonial Williamsburg, universities, theatres and several movie companies.

Her talks revolve around the role of women during the 19th century as school teachers, homemakers, nurses, cooks and occasionally, as ‘soldiers [or] spies.’

The lecture kicks off a combined series of activities, which will focus on eating and drinking.

From March through June, it will include the Coffee Hours, which are held at 10 a.m.

Proposed activities include a picnic on the back lawn with a strolling barbershop quartet providing the entertainment, a talk on Prince Farrington and his bootlegging practices, a talk concerning the luscious still life paintings of Severin Roesen and a wine-tasting.

Interested parties should check the museum’s website for current offerings.

For more information, call the museum at 326-3326 or visit www.tabermuseum.org.