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Reopening INFORMATION

Currently, the Bishop Memorial Library and LCHS Museum are open by appointment only.

Appointments will be limited and visitors must adhere to all PA and CDC Guidlines while on site. To make an appointment call 570-823-6244 ext. 2 or email library@luzernehistory.org. We are also continuing to perform research and genealogical requests online, now or anytime, for those who would like an off-site option. The forms are available under the Research tab at the top of the page ("Research Services").

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Our Locations

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  • 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.

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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

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.