Book signing at Taber Museum with author Joyce Graff

A book-signing by Joyce Graff will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society, 858 W. Fourth St.

Graff recently has co-authored a genealogical biography of her grandfather Harry Wilcox, who worked as a commercial artist and illustrated stories for the popular and nationally-distributed Grit, published in Williamsport.

Graff will talk about her work and read selections from this current work at 6:30 p.m. Reservations for the event are requested but not required.

The book is illustrated with family photographs and ephemeral items and examples of Wilcox’s broad range of artistic endeavours. As the 20th century progressed, Wilcox had to adapt to the changing technology slowly absorbing the world of commercial art.

He was a pioneer in the utilization of air brushing techniques for retouching artwork and photography. During World War II, he was instrumental in perfecting camouflage techniques for General Motors, which was doing contract work for the War Department.

The book is further enhanced, much to the delight of genealogists, with the appended family charts and stories of the Wilcox clan and its allied families, many lines of which converge and flourish in Williamsport. Surnames represented in the appendices are: Wilcox, Kramm, Billmeyer, Himmelreich, Withington, Boehm, Martin, Richner, Misho and Steinbacher.

The genealogical work was researched by Graff’s co-author James Hammond Wilcox. Graff also will have on hand copies of “A Freed Family History: Ancestors and Descendants of Walter and Dorothy Youngman Freed,” which she co-authored with her mother June Freed Wilcox. Light refreshments will be served and the museum will be open for touring. As well, the LCHS Research Library will be open that evening for genealogical research and will be staffed by members of the Lycoming County Genealogical Society.

Parking may be found to the rear of the building as well as on the street.

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