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C. Edgar Patience Lecture
Friday, September 22, 2017, 06:30pm - 07:30pm
Luzerne County Historical Society to Host Lecture on Famous Local Coal Sculptor 

The Luzerne County Historical Society announces a lecture by Dr. Juanita Patience Moss, “It Took Patience,” on Friday, September 22, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, 69 Rear South Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre, PA. “It Took Patience” chronicles the career of Dr. Moss’s famous father, local coal artist Charles Edgar Patience. Dr. Moss will speak about her father’s life and career, as well as her struggles to get his work into the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Dr. Moss will do a book-signing after her talk. Tickets to the lecture are free for LCHS members and $5 for non-members. For reservations or more information, call 570-823-6244 ext.3 or email reservations@luzernehistor> Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Juanita Patience Moss, family griot, educator, author, and presenter is the daughter of Charles Edgar Patience, a renowned anthracite coal sculptor from West Pittston and Wilkes-Barre, PA. After graduating from West Pittston High School, she attended Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C. Later she received a B.S. degree from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre; a M.A. degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford, N.J.; and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre. Moss is a member of several genealogical organizations as well as a charter member of the new Smithsonian Museum of African American Culture and History in Washington, D.C. One of that museum’s exhibitions introduces the world to the unique anthracite art created by her grandfather Harry and her father C. Edgar Patience.

The Luzerne County Museum is located at the rear of 69 South Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre, PA (behind the Osterhout Library). The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free for members; $5 for non-members and $3 for children. Exhibitions on view at the museum include: “Points of View: Luzerne County Landscapes,” “Native Americans in the Wyoming Valley” and “’This Momentous and Tragic Friday’: Hurricane Agnes 45 Years Later” (opens September 15, 2017).

Founded in 1858, the Luzerne County Historical Society is Pennsylvania’s oldest county historical society. LCHS preserves and promotes the collective history and heritage of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, at the Bishop Library and the Museum in Wilkes-Barre, the Denison House in Forty Fort and the Swetland Homestead in Wyoming. For more information, visit our website, Follow us on Facebook at
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