JVB February book review luncheon

John Piper Jr. will be the speaker at the upcoming Feb. 1 book review talk about “Entrepreneurial Families in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.”

Lycoming has a rich history and has been a regional center since it was founded in 1795. On three occasions it achieved status as a national center: during the lumber years in the 186’s to 1880s; World War ll in manufacturing of the Lycoming Engine; and currently as the founding site and center of Little League baseball.

Each of these industries has played a major role in the economic history of the county, but that history extends beyond these three events. One approach to economic history is to explore the contributions of entrepreneurial families. The focus of the current study is those entrepreneurial families who have been engaged in various commercial businesses — limited to those families involved in business in the county for at least four generations. Five local families include the Plankenhorn, Staiman, Lundy, Van Campen and Spitler families that appeared in the Journal of the Lycoming County Historical Society in the Winter 2017-2018 issue. The presentation will include other families.

He joined Richard Morris and Robert Larson in writing “Williamsport: Frontier Villager to Regional Center.”

Piper also has written other local topics including the history of Lycoming College, the Home for the Friendless and the Woman’s Club.

The luncheon begins at noon in the Lowry Room of the Welch Family wing of the James V. Brown Library. There is a cost for lunch. If you wish to purchase a lunch call the library to make a reservation, 570-326-0536, ext. 134. Reservations should be made by the Wednesday before the review, Jan. 30.

You may bring your own lunch or simply attend the book review, starting at 12:30 p.m. Parking is available in the public lot off Market Street, adjacent to the Welch Wing