Easter Weekend

The Historical Society will be closed this Saturday, April 19th, for the Easter holiday.
Our Research Library will still be open 12-4pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.

Our Museum will be closed April 15th-22nd. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

NEW EXHIBITS!

She Rolled Up Her Sleeves: Luzerne County’s Women at Work
&
Quilts from the Collection


Check out our “What’s New” page for more details on our exhibits, as well as our upcoming Annual Dinner.

Information about our upcoming events can also be found on our Facebook page!

The Historical Society Museum is currently open with reduced hours of 12PM - 2PM Tuesday-Friday and 12PM – 4PM most Saturdays.
(Please call during the week to see if the Museum will be open on Saturday, as we are a bit short-staffed for the time being. We apologize for this inconvenience.)

Our Research Library is still open with our normal hours of Tuesday-Friday 12PM-4PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM.

We are closed holiday weekends (unless otherwise noted) and for the month of February.

Luzerne County Historical Society Membership Form is now available online.
Download and print a copy.

About the Luzerne County Historical Society

First President of LCHS

Edmund Lovell Dana

On February 11, 1858, a group met at the Old Fell Tavern in Wilkes-Barre to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first known successful burning of anthracite coal in an open grate by Judge Jesse Fell.  During the ceremony, General E. L. Dana suggested the founding of a historical society.  A resolution was passed unanimously, and the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society was incorporated in May of 1858.

By 1877, the Society had acquired rooms in the Old Fellows Hall and was able to open its collection to the public on Friday evenings.  It later added a meeting room and library, and memberships and donations increased.

Isaac Smith

Isaac Osterhout

In 1882, Isaac Osterhout directed that space for the Society be included in the free library that was to be established under his will.  The Osterhout Free Library trustees voted to erect a separate building behind the library to house the collections of the Society.  The money was appropriated, and the building opened in 1893.

With the acquisition of the Swetland Homestead in 1958 and the Bishop Library in 1971, the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society reached its present stature.

The Society maintains the storehouse for the collective memory of Luzerne County and its environs.  It records and interprets the history, traditions, events, people, and cultures that have directed and molded life within the region.

Our mission is to preserve and promote the collective history and heritage of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.