Mary L. Trescott, Luzerne County’s First Female Attorney

Just as last month was African-American History month, March sees another notable historical celebration in Women’s History Month. And just like last month with William Camp Gildersleeve, this month we bring you the story of another prominent resident of the County, Miss Mary L. Trescott (left). Mary Luella Trescott was born in 1861 to Miller…

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William Camp Gildersleeve and the Wilkes-Barre Fugitive Slave Case

If you ever have driven in South Wilkes-Barre by either the Post Office or Fire Headquarters, you no doubt have noticed Gildersleeve Street. Gildersleeve Street is one of many Wilkes-Barre streets named after a person of note. However, unlike many of those other streets, Gildersleeve Street isn’t named after a politician or general. Instead, it…

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African American Women and the National Association of Colored Women in the Woman Suffrage Movement

African American women played significant roles throughout every stage of the woman suffrage movement in the United States from the beginning of the movement in the antebellum period to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. In the mid-nineteenth century, African American women had little opportunities to join in woman suffrage organizations due to…

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From the Wilkes-Barre Record – A Ghastly Find!

As the afternoons get darker and the wind howls and moans, we thought we would share this spooky newspaper clipping from 130 years ago… From an article in the Wilkes-Barre Record, June 4, 1889: “Yesterday forenoon a policeman crossed Public Square going towards the police office carrying a parcel wrapped in newspaper and followed by…

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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 for a Master’s in Library and Information Science at Drexel University. Allison scanned and cataloged a large collection of the Society’s mining-related photos and other images. Here she writes about an image that she found particularly interesting.…

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Wilkes-Barre’s Comic Book Grail – Joe Palooka #1

What’s your favorite hobby? Does it have any insider jargon? Most hobbies do. Comic book collecting is no different; its most common bit of jargon may be “grail.” Collectors will often ask each other, “What’s your grail?” Or an excited collector will exclaim, “I finally found my grail!” In comic book terms, a grail is…

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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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