Taber coffee hour to feature author John L. Moore

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society will host John L. Moore, author and story-teller, at its monthly Coffee Hour at 10 a.m. May 8 in the Community Room of the museum, 858 W. Fourth St. The role that the West Branch Valley played during the early years of the French and Indian War will be the topic of Moore’s lecture.

Moore is a Northumberland writer who specializes in telling true stories about real people and actual events on the Pennsylvania frontier. Moore will tell how French soldiers based in the Ohio River Valley and their Indian allies used a forest path that followed the West Branch from Lock Haven, Williamsport and Sunbury when they came east to raid the Pennsylvania settlements. At the same time, patrols from Fort Augusta at Sunbury came up the West Branch to scout and to occasionally attack Native American settlements.

Moore has participated in several archaeological excavations of Native American sites.

These include the Village of Nain in Bethlehem, Pa.; the City Island project in Harrisburg, conducted by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission; a Bloomsburg University dig in 1999 at a Native American site near Nescopeck; and a 1963 excavation of the New Jersey State Museum along the Delaware River north of Worthington State Forest.

He has written and self-published seven books about the Pennsylvania frontier. His new book is “Bullets, Boats & Bears.” His books are available in the museum store. Moore also writes for The Daily Item newspaper in Sunbury.

The Coffee Hour is part of the museum’s lecture series which combines its Thursday morning Coffee Hours with its Sunday afternoon society programs. Continuing the lecture series, the society program for 2 p.m. May 18, will feature Gary Fogelman, who will be speaking on the Clovis culture.

Coffee Hours are held on the second Thursday of each month March through June and September through December. The society programs are held on the third Sunday of each month, May through October. The lecture series programs are free and open to the public.

Parking is available behind the building or on the street.

For more information, visit or call at 570-326-3326.