Please join us Friday, August 3, 2018 6-8 (First Friday) , when we welcome Maggie Rymsza and M. Earl Smith. They will be here sharing and signing their book, the newest edition to our local history section, “Muncy,” from Arcadia Publishing’s series Images of America.
Nestled along the banks of the Susquehanna River, Muncy first situated itself within the dynamic beginnings of America as the center of action during raids and battles on the frontier. Following the American Revolution, the town prospered as the lumber industry profited from its bountiful mountains and waterway accessibility, leaving Muncy with a competitive legacy of commerce. When the Civil War erupted in America, Muncy became both a key stop on the Underground Railroad and a hotbed for abolitionist activity. This colorful history remains preserved in the architecture of the town, as numerous buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. These houses are not museum properties, rather the buildings serve as integral parts of the community as both homes and businesses. Opened in 1936, the Muncy Historical Society remains a unifying presence in the town, acting as a gatekeeper to the community's history. Today, Muncy serves as a portal between America's revolutionary past and the future of small-town America. (From the press release)
Maggie S. Rymsza is an undergraduate historian of early American history at the University of Pennsylvania, where she assists with the rare books and manuscript collection at the Kislak Center of the Van Pelt Library. M. Earl Smith is a graduate of the same university and is currently pursuing a second master's degree from Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.