Come to the Tioga Point Museum and see our new exhibit of eyeglasses and instruments used by Dr. Ralph Gregory. He was a well known Optometrist who practiced in Athens from 1949 to 1984. Dr. Gregory, who was the son of an Optometrist, was also active in the community. His many community activities included serving on the Athens School Board, the Rotary, and being an officer in the Pennsylvania Optometric Association. It is interesting to note the changes in eyeglass styles and equipment. The items in the case were donated by his daughter Diane Marvin.
The museum in open Tues & Thurs 12-8 and Saturday 10-1
Native American Bead Work
of the 19th & 20th Centuries
The museum has a varied collection of 19th & 20th Century North American bead work donated over a number of years by ethnographer and collector, Robert Hayden (1888-1960). The artifacts currently on display represent the work of Northeastern, Southwestern, Plains and Northwestern Nations.
Beads were introduced into native decorative design work by European traders in the late 17th century, with "seed beads" making an appearance by the middle of the 19th century. Beads began to be integrated with quill work and then eventually replaced quill work altogether.
In addition to clothing, medicine bags, tobacco and pipe bags, bonnets, needle cases, bandolier bags and horse trappings were richly adorned with solid beading in a wide array of geometric, floral and animal patterns.
The Flower-Walker Map Collection
Donated to the museum in 1940 by Nathan Walker, the museum's collection includes over 900 maps of Bradford County and the surrounding area dating back to 1773. From the original large land grants to later subdivision, these documents tell the story of the county's economic and population growth.
Drawn and collected by three generations of surveyors: Zephon Flower, Zephon Flower Walker and Nathaniel Walker, the collections also provide a searchable archive for land and family genealogy.