Then and Now: A 1918 Mask Comparison

The 1918 strain of influenza was unique among most types of flu, as it had a high mortality rate among 15 to 34-year-olds, rather than the oldest and weakest of the population. By the time what we now incorrectly call the “Spanish Flu” was over, it had even lowered the life expectancy across the United…

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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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Wyoming Valley Epidemics

The following blog post is a modified version of a column that appeared in the December 2020 edition of The Westside Bulletin. The article originally ran to promote a lecture the Society was planning on local epidemics. That lecture is now available for view on the LCHS YouTube channel, and we are reprinting this article…

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Taste the History: Trying Out Historic Recipes

While everyone is at home I thought it would be cool to look at something a little different this week: a historic cookbook! Most of us have cookbooks laying around, and a lot of those are the ones put together by small organizations as a fundraiser you feel obligated to buy: Boy Scouts, church groups,…

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