Daniel HughesWilliamsport: The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society will be holding the second in a series of workshops for children on Saturday, February 16, from 9:00 am until 12:30pm. The workshop is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested. The costs of the workshop are underwritten by a grant from the Free and Accepted Masons.

The day will include a study of the Underground Railroad by Spencer Sweeting. He will relate the efforts made by Daniel Hughes, a ‘Conductor’ on the Underground Railroad in Lycoming County, and will relate the efforts of other people in ‘transporting’ slaves north to freedom, many of them members of the Society of Friends (Quakers). His talk will be followed by newspaper columnist Mary Sieminski, who will relate the stories of Julia Collins and Mary Slaughter, both African-American women of Williamsport. A third speaker will share stories of African-American families from Lycoming County. A craft activity will follow. A snack is provided.

The first workshop was held on December 29. It was a study of Native American culture. Tom ‘Tank’ Baird presented an overview of Native American culture by taking the children in our permanent gallery, as well as highlighting the tools that were used. David Elmore, of the Red Arrow Singers, led the children in a drumming exercise and Pat Damaska conducted a workshop in which the participants made rainsticks, a souvenir of the day. With a snack and a game of pick-up-sticks, the sixteen attendees seemed to have a good time.

The Workshops will continue, approximately once a month, and will explore various aspects of history and culture as related to Lycoming County. The workshops will be open to children of any age and are free of charge. An application is available at the Front Desk or online. For further information, please call 570.326.3326.