“The Utility of the Shave Table”
In the original society museum (1928) are sample farm and workshop tools. Inspired by the replacement of the metal meetinghouse roof with cedar shake, we plan to bring out a shave table to illustrate the making of shingles. This recent accession comes from the Keebler farm (c. 1830), and more recently the Costello property, on Route 87 north of Montoursville. Skip Stackhouse will share interesting insights into this classic workshop tool and its rather universal use in the 19th century. Interestingly, this above mentioned historic property is in the process becoming the site of the Lycoming College’s Biology Field Station, where in mid-April this spring, an Osprey structure was erected in anticipation of its future nesting use.
“Haller Grave Stone Iconography”
In addition, Brittany Hudak, of the Collective Arts Network, will share her research on the German script and iconography of the 1828 grave stones of Dr. and Mrs. Conrad Haller, he being the patriarch of the 1805 Dunkard colony. Lycoming County historian, Joseph McMinn, describes the images on these two mountain stones as ”peculiar allegorical emblems and inscriptions”. This research will add to our growing understanding of symbolic meaning in German Dunkard life and history.
The museum and meetinghouse will officially open for the season on June 2, 2019.
Please note - we are open anytime for viewing by simply contacting us, and we will gladly arrange a time to meet you for a tour.
Please stop in and see our new exhibits relating to the area churches that the Evangelical movement has had an affect on these nearly 200 years.
397 Dunkard Church Road, Cogan Station, PA 1728
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