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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

News & Events

Child Labor Laws and Their Effect on the Coal Mining Industry

Editor's note: This is a guest post by Allison Spencer, the Society's Summer 2019 intern and a candidate ...

Mindfullness Meditation #4

September 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Needwork Sampler Talk

September 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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.