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Effective Immediately: Due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus, and Governor Wolf's ordered shutdown of all nonessential businesses in the Commonwealth to close, the Bishop Memorial Library and LCHS Museum as well as the Swetland Homestead and Nathan Denison House will now be closed to the public indefinitely.

Have you made reservations for the Second Annual Road Rally in the Valley yet? On August 2, 2020, teams will begin at the historic 1803 Swetland Homestead, where they will receive a book of site clues. Each site clue, when decoded, will give you the name of a historic site in the Wyoming Valley. Teams then drive to the location and snap a photo of themselves at the site. Upon completing the book of clues, teams then return to the Homestead and the team with the most correctly decoded clues in the lowest mileage is the winner! To register, or for more info, call 570-823-6244 ext. 3 or email


We are proud to now partner with NEPA Gives! Help the LCHS grow with a donation through the link below. NEPA Gives is a way donors may make secure donations to their favorite local nonprofit organizations through a secure online platform. Donations to participating nonprofits will be enhanced with bonus funds provided by NEPA Gives sponsors, making donor dollars stretch further! All donations are 100% secure and the entire amount of your donation goes directly to the LCHS. Many donations are even matched by sponsors as well, so you double your money!


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Our Locations

  • LCHS Museum

    Our Museum

    Fascinating Exhibits!

  • Denison HOuse

    Denison House

    1790 Home of Nathan Denison

  • Swetlands Festive House Exterior

    Swetland Homestead

    Home to Generations of the Swetland Family

  • Bishop Library Exterior

    Bishop Library

    Research Family and Local History!

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.



objects, documents and published works associated with Luzerne County
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    From prehistoric Native American items

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    to letters from the Revolutionary War-era

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    to anthracite coal mining tools to

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    boxes and shopping bags from local department stores

News & Events

Let Freedom Ring, The Justice Bell Tour and the 1915 Suffrage Referendum

The year 2020 is of course the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US ...

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We make history relevant to our community

History is about all of us. 

History offers important benefits to our society: building critical thinking skills; making us better citizens; teaching us  creative problem solving; and creating heritage tourism and economic development.