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Posts by Aimee Newell, Ph.D

The Badge of a Freemason – A Wilkes-Barre Masonic Apron

One of the most well-known Masonic symbols is the apron.  Freemasonry is a fraternal organization for men that teaches a system of ethics using symbols, rituals and ideas drawn from stonemasons’ regulations, Enlightenment philosophy and Judeo-Christian teachings.  The exact origins of Freemasonry are unknown.  At some point during the 1500s or 1600s in Scotland and…

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Threads of History – Swetland Family Samplers

In 1842, The Hand-Book of Needlework by Miss Lambert explained that “no feminine art affords greater scope for the display of taste and ingenuity than that of needlework.  The endless variety of form which it assumes…each in their turn serving as graceful occupations for the young, and an inexhaustible source of amusement for those in…

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Did You Know that Wilkes-Barre Had a Palm House?

Shortly after I started as Executive Director of LCHS, I came across an image of Wilkes-Barre’s “palm house.”  I was fascinated. “How cool!,” I thought, “What were the circumstances for that, and what happened to it?” However, as I started to look around in order to learn more, it was a bit more challenging than…

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Will You “Capitulate” to Reading Our Blog?

Welcome! This is the first post in our LCHS blog! We plan to post regularly and to focus on our amazing collection of objects, documents and published materials that relate to the people, places and events in Luzerne County’s fascinating history. We hope that you will read our posts, ask questions, make comments and come…

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Luzerne County Historical Society Announces “Dining with Friends” Program March 20, 2019, at The Beaumont Inn

Beaumont Inn

The Luzerne County Historical Society announces the next date in their “Dining with Friends” program.  Join Society members and supporters on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at the Beaumont Inn, 4437 PA-309, Dallas.  The restaurant will generously donate 10% of its proceeds that night to the Historical Society.  LCHS members and the general public are encouraged…

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Luzerne County Historical Society Director of Operations and Programs Receives Scholarship to the Small Museums Association Annual Conference

The Luzerne County Historical Society is proud to announce that its Director of Operations and Programs, Mark J. Riccetti, Jr., has received a scholarship to attend the 2019 Small Museums Association Conference, which will take place on February 17-19, 2019, in College Park, Maryland. Riccetti is the recipient of the Museum Council of Greater Philadelphia…

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