Historic Talk

50s W Fourth St

“The Spirit of Williamsport – Past, Present and Future”
Speaker: Thad Meckley
Friday, November 16, 2018

6:00 PM
YWCA Gymnasium
815 West Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA 17701

Paying tribute to the theme and lessons learned in Charles Dickens’s A Christmas
Carol, published first on the 19th of December 1843, local historian and author
Thad. Meckley will be delighting guests with an enchanting visit to the Past,
Present & Days Yet to Come of Downtown Williamsport!

Filling in as our own Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge’s former business
partner, Meckley, a former Preservation Williamsport President and founding
member, will share a unique collection of postcards, sketches, and photographs
from the early founding of Williamsport to today’s rebirth of the Downtown
Business District. The story told will highlight the bustling Victorian Era Lumber
Capital and flow on to the former yesteryear favorite haunts of the 50s-60s-70s
and then display a colorful view of the recent positive growth transformation (like Scrooge did from his Bah, Humbug days) in Downtown Williamsport.

Like the Christmas classic, Williamsport’s story is one of perseverance, hope,
and the rebirth that resonates today, possessing life and business lessons that
are every bit as relevant as they were in Victorian England. Giving thanks to the
forefathers and business owners from the past, we will honor those individuals
and business and organizations that made the Holidays special when it was the
custom to Shop Downtown, just like the current SHOP LOCAL movement is doing.

The phrase ‘Merry Christmas’ harkens back to this time-honored Victorian
tale, so we hope to ignite that Holiday Spirit in all of our guests attending this
hour-long presentation.

An avid researcher of all things Willliamsport, Meckley will draw upon tales
of his own family’s coming to the vibrant lumber boomtown Williamsport in
the mid-1860’s when his great-great grandfather set up shop as a shoe cobbler
after the Civil War. Soon after, his sons went in to business as Kolb’s Drugs &
Jewelers, which is now part of Jersey Shore State Bank’s building, operating
there Downtown until the mid-1960s. Williamsport native and award-winning
journalist, Meckley penned the two popular history books, Williamsport &
Williamsport’s Millionaires’ Row, and now publishes Williamsport Living
Magazine locally.
– Thad Meckley, Historic Talk 2018