The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society recently was awarded two grants.
The Lycoming County Visitors Bureau granted the museum $10,000 and the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts Inc., has notified the museum of the acceptance of a successful application for $1,840.
In an awards ceremony held at the Little League Museum, the visitors bureau announced that the Taber Museum was in receipt of a grant for $10,000 for the refurbishing and upgrade of several permanent exhibits, including its Logging and Lumbering Gallery, the Susquehanna Boom area of the same gallery and its Fine Arts Gallery.
An additional wall and vitrine within the Fine Arts Gallery will allow for the display of additional pieces from the permanent collection, including several 3-D objects. A recently-acquired redware platter featuring the likeness of Williamsport "founder" Michael Ross and created by Muncy artist Selinda Kennedy will be added to the glass vitrine as well as a tree and roots vase by Williamsport native Bernard Katz, who maintains a studio in Philadelphia. The Logging and Lumbering Gallery will receive a new facade and will be freshened up with revised labels. Work on these upgrades has commenced under the supervision of craftsman Todd Werner.
The Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts, Inc., awarded the museum $1,84 for underwriting the costs of producing the museum's 2014 Lecture Series which will focus on the Native American culture.
The Lecture Series combines Coffee Hours, which are held on the second Thursday of each month March through June and September through December.
The programs are held on the third Sunday of each month, May through October. The lecture series' programs are free and open to the public.
The Woodcock grant also will provide for the society's partial sponsorship of the appearance by William Hunt, who portrays Andrew Montour.
The Taber Museum is located at 858 W. Fourth St. Parking is available behind the building or on the street.
For more information about programming at the Taber Museum, visit www.tabermuseum.org or call 570-326-3326.