Giving the past

A future


Our Library, Museum and Historic Houses


For Books and DVDs on Local History


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Learn More about Your Family and Local History


The Research Library is open by appointment. To make an appointment for the Research Library, call 570-823-6244 ext. 2 or email

The Museum is open Saturdays 11am-3pm. You can also make an appointment for a weekday tour. Be sure to check out the Exhibitions tab at the top of the page for our current online exhibits.

We also perform research and genealogical requests online for those who would like an off-site option. The forms are available and can be submitted under the Research Services tab at the top of the page.


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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

Gershom Prince Adds A New Dimension To A Well-Known Story

There are numerous events throughout ancient, or world, or American history, that are so well-known, with stories told ...

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.