WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- Dust of your old box of yearbooks and pictures! A local historical society needs your help in finding original class pictures from the early to mid 20th century.
The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society reached out to Eyewitness News in a plea for help. They are missing a dozen class photos from South Williamsport High School.
Black and white senior photos, each frame, a snapshot in the history of the high school. The museum has a display, in chronological order, of graduating classes. But some years are missing.
“Some people would come in and would be having their high school reunion,” says Lycoming County Historical Society President Charles Luppert. “They would come in and say ‘can we have the class of 1960 to take to our reunion?’ Then did not bring them back.”
The former high school resided on Southern Avenue in the borough but is no longer there.
The pictures on display at the Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society once hung in the halls of the current area high school, until they were taken down about eight years ago.
“I always found it interesting to see my bother’s photograph and other people I knew,” says Luppert.
That’s why Luppert decided to bring them back to life and put them on display at the museum.
Gary Parks is the director of the museum and says in the exhibit opened last month, people have responded with yearbooks, class material, clothing, and more.
“We’re thrilled to get that, because you know that would be a throw away in most cases,” says Parks. “Kind of a rare survival.”
The society’s asking you to keep your eyes out for senior class memorabilia from South Williamsport throughout the 20th century.
“We had one that was brought back to us from a lady from New York State,” says Luppert. “It was her mother’s class of ’33.”
There are more pictures to see than just graduating classes, and you can see what the folks have donated at the exhibit, which will be open until the end of the month.
If you think you or someone you know has a senior class picture, you’re encouraged to stop by the museum.
The museum is located at 858 West Fourth Street in Williamsport. You can give them a call at 570-326-3326.
Their hours are Tuesday thru Friday from 9:30 am until 4:00 pm, Saturdays 11:00 am until 4:00 pm, and Sundays from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.