314th Infantry, 79th Division History to be Discussed at WWI lecture
Williamsport- The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society will host a Society Program on Sunday, July 15th, at 2pm in its Community Room. The program will feature Nancy Schaff recounting the history of the 314th Infantry, 79th Divison which served as part of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I.
Nancy D. Schaff, President of the 314th Infantry Descendants & Friends and Commissioner of the Maryland World War I Centennial Commission, will be delivering the lecture. They are the only continuously meeting World War I unit organization. Upon their return from the War, Colonel William H. Oury, Regiment Commander, is quoted as saying, “These boys don’t know how to retreat. They never even made a strategic retreat. When they went at a thing they just kept everlastingly hammering until they got it.”
The Society Program continues a series of lectures which focus on the era of World War I. As the Society Program coincides with the third Sunday of the month, admission to the museum is free. The museum is open on Sundays from May through the end of October. The Lecture Series combines the Sunday afternoon programs with Thursday morning Coffee Hours (which do not meet during the summer months). Future talks will feature an appearance by Abigail Geisinger speaking on Geisinger Hospital’s use as a World War I hospital, the River Valley Quintet performing the music of Irving Berlin and George M. Cohan, and a lecture on aviation during World War I by William E. Fischer, Jr., U.S. Air Force (retired).
Located at 858 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, the Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society provides a history of the region with information about Native American culture, frontier exploration, the development of the Pennsylvania canal, immigration during the 19th century, and the logging and lumbering era of the nineteenth century. As well, the Taber Museum houses the world-class Larue Shempp Model Train Collection. The museum is open for touring Tuesdays through Fridays, 9:30am until 4:00pm; Saturdays, 11:00am until 4:00pm and Sundays, 1:00pm until 4:00pm. There is ample parking behind the museum and along the street. For further information, please contact the museum at 570.326.3326 or visit our website at www.tabermuseum.org.
- Cost: Free
- Event Contact: 570.326.3326
- Event Website: http://www.tabermuseum.org