Our Collections

We are pleased to discuss donations to the Luzerne County Historical Society from friends, neighbors, and visitors. We need your help to tell the fascinating story of Luzerne County and its people.


Giving the past a future

The Luzerne County Historical Society preserves and interprets the largest collection of local objects and documents in the region. The collection numbers more than 200,000 objects, documents and published materials relating to the history of Luzerne County from prehistoric times to the present day. It also includes our two historic houses – the Denison House and the Swetland Homestead. Our collection is available for research by appointment and is used in our exhibitions and programs.

We actively collect

We continue to collect decorative arts, documents, artifacts, photographs, fine art and more, which are associated with the history of Luzerne County. We look for items that are in good condition and do not duplicate our existing holdings. If you would like to donate an item for the collection. Please note that LCHS staff are prohibited by federal tax law and by library and museum ethics from providing appraisals or an assessment of an item’s monetary value.

Gilded Age Luzerne County

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