Stories of South Williamsport Area

Stories of the South Williamsport Area Historical Collection was created in memory of Rosemary Neidig, a “Southie” who spent countless hours researching and gathering stories of her neighbors.

Rosemary Neidig
Rosemary Neidig

It was Rosemary’s dream to write a book, but time wasn’t on her side. Her friends, however, remain committed to helping Rosemary’s dream continue. Her anecdotal stories and snapshots of life in South Williamsport are the “seeds” of the South Williamsport Story.

The project, developed by Robin Van Auken of Hands on Heritage, has expanded to include the story of every person who has lived, worked, volunteered or played in its tenuous community borders.

You are invited to read and to save any item you wish, collecting each story to include in your own personal history of Southside. You’re also invited to contribute to this project, expanding our shared knowledge of our community, and in the process, preserving and protecting it for all time.


Through your interest in your hometown, you are making Hands on Heritage’s goal possible: Using collaborative storytelling and listening to connect people to what’s important in their hometown, leading to positive change in their community.

Storytelling enables people to focus on the most important aspects of their community — the people, places, events and organizations, both past and present, that helped build their hometown. The acknowledgment and acceptance of these stories create a sense of shared belonging, leading to renewed engagement on social, cultural and economic levels.

By connecting with and caring about your neighbors, our community can build a foundation of hope that leads to improved decision-making and relationship-building, resulting in a town everyone loves, and where everyone wants to live.

People care for what they love. Make them love their hometown.

Best wishes!
Robin Van Auken, Hands on Heritage CEO, Project Director
Nancy Baumgartner, Volunteer Coordinator