Ryan Adams to Speak at Taber Coffee Hour

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society has announced the topic of its third Coffee Hour for the 2013 season. The speaker will be Dr. Ryan T. Adams who will be lecturing on the topic “Food in Lycoming County: Prehistoric, Historic and Economic Context of Food Production.” The talk will be held 10 a.m. Thursday in the Community Room of the Taber Museum. Light refreshments will be served. The talk is free and open to the public. A $1 donation is requested to help defray the cost of refreshments.

Dr. Adams is an assistant professor of anthropology in the department of sociology/anthropology at Lycoming College. His talk will cover a broad expanse of time with reference to the prehistoric context of food provisioning which transitioned into the provisioning systems which were in place throughout the Americas. He will follow this by an explanation of the reasons why food production changed so dramatically during the 20th century. Dr. Adams will touch on alternative food movements such as the Williamsport Farmers Market and local labeling at Wegmans.

The lecture is third in a series of lectures to be held throughout 2013 which will focus on eating and drinking. Future activities will include a lecture on the artwork of Severin Roesen, a picnic on the back lawn with a strolling barbershop quartet, and several interactive programs. The lecture series combines the LCHS Coffee Hours, which are held at 10 a.m. the second Thursday of March through June, and September through December, and its Society Programs held at 2 p.m. the third Sunday of May through October. The programs are free and open to the public.

The lecture series is supported in part by a generous grant from the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts.

For information about the programming at the Taber Museum, call 326-3326 or visit