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FIC: Stories of items “Found in Collection” #1 – Andersonville Prison

The following is the first in a series of blog posts titled "FIC: Stories of Items "Found in ...

Bringing The Giant to Its Knees, A Brief History of the Giant’s Despair Hillclimb: Part II -The Golden Anniversary Brings About A Golden Age 1951 – 1985

In 1951 after being dormant for 35 years, Giant’s Despair was reborn. The revival of “The Giant” coincided ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Frances Dorrance and the Indian Survey – A Crusader for Local History

Rather archaically named, the Indian Survey was the first statewide archaeological survey in Pennsylvania, and was only made ...

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 ...

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 ...

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."  ...

Bringing The Giant to Its Knees: A Brief History of the Giant’s Despair Hillclimb – Part 1: The Birth of “The Giant,” 1906-1916

Certain parts of our culture are as old as time itself. Other things remain unchanged throughout the course ...

Hobo Hat – “Bound for a trip around the world. When shall we meet again?”

In 1922, an imaginative shipping clerk at the Delaware & Hudson freight station in Wilkes-Barre decided to take ...

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 ...