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Luzerne County Historical Society’s Swetland Homestead Open for Tours

The Luzerne County Historical Society announces that the historic 1803 Swetland Homestead, at 885 Wyoming Avenue in Wyoming, will be open for guided tours on Sunday September 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free for LCHS members, $5 for nonmember adults and $3 for nonmember children. Reservations are accepted but are not…

Luzerne County Historical Society Executive Director Named to PA Museums Board of Directors

The Luzerne County Historical Society is pleased to announce that its Executive Director, Aimee E. Newell, Ph.D., has been named to the board of directors of PA Museums (formerly the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Places). Based in Harrisburg, and founded in 1905, PA Museums is Pennsylvania’s statewide trade association serving museum professionals and…

Octoberfest Talk at Luzerne County Historical Society – “History of Brewing in Luzerne County” – October 10, 2019

In celebration of Octoberfest, the Luzerne County Historical Society will offer a lecture and slideshow entitled, “The History of Brewing in Luzerne County” on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the LCHS Museum, 69 Rear South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre. The lecture will be presented by LCHS Director of Operations and Programs Mark J.…

Gallery Talk at Luzerne County Historical Society Museum “The Battle of Wyoming at 240: Revolution on the Homefront” – November 14, 2019

The Luzerne County Historical Society will offer a gallery talk about its exhibition, “The Battle of Wyoming at 240: Revolution on the Homefront” on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition draws on paintings, prints, letters, artifacts recovered from the Battle site and survivor accounts in their own harrowing words. These items combine…

Luzerne County Historical Society to Extend Mindfulness Meditation Classes

The Luzerne County Historical Society announces that, in cooperation with Jennifer Ciarimboli, it is extending the monthly mindfulness meditation sessions at the LCHS Museum, 69 Rear South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, for another three months. The first session of the fall series will take place on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, with sessions to follow on Wednesday,…

Luzerne County Historical Society to Present Talk on Needlework Samplers Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Luzerne County Historical Society (LCHS) announces a talk on needlework samplers by Executive Director Aimee E. Newell, Ph.D. (author of A Stitch in Time: The Needlework of Aging Women in Antebellum America) on Sunday, September 22, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Denison House Visitor Center, 35 Denison Street, Forty Fort, PA. The Denison…

150th Anniversary of the Avondale Mine Disaster

On September 6-8, 2019, LCHS is partnering with the Lackawanna Historical Society, the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, the Plymouth Historical Society, Pennsylvania Labor History Society, and members of the Welsh Heritage community to present a program exploring the Avondale Mine Disaster that occurred on September 6, 1869. The disaster resulted in the deaths of 110…

Luzerne County Historical Society to Present “Battle of Wyoming Walking Tours” Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15, 2019

The Luzerne County Historical Society announces that its Battle of Wyoming Walking Tours will run on Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15, 2019. Join Luzerne County Historical Society Board Member Stephen B. Killian, Esq., for a first-hand account of the disastrous Battle of Wyoming and the massacre that followed. Attorney Killian will lead the…

Jon Valentine to be Starter and Grand Marshall for Luzerne County Historical Society’s Inaugural Road Rally in the Valley, Wyoming Valley BMW to Sponsor Sunday, August 4, 2019

When the Luzerne County Historical Society presents the inaugural “Road Rally in the Valley” on Sunday, August 4, 2019 the field will be flagged off by legendary local racer Jon Valentine. Valentine of Dallas, PA, is a multi-time champion of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and has competed around the world at locations…

Revolutionary-Era Militia Encampment at Denison House on August 17 & 18, 2019

On Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, 2019, the Luzerne County Historical Society will host a Revolutionary War-era militia encampment by the 24th Connecticut Militia Regiment at the Nathan Denison House, 35 Denison Street, Forty Fort, PA. The Encampment will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to…

Upcoming Gallery Talk – “Frances Dorrance – First Lady of Archeology in NEPA”

The Luzerne County Historical Society will present a lecture entitled “Frances Dorrance – First Lady of Archeology in NEPA” on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Society’s Museum, 69 Rear South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Museum Manager Allyson Earl will give a gallery talk about former LCHS Exeuctive Director and PHMC commissioner…

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

LCHS Museum Features Artifacts from Nearly Three Centuries of Settled History “Let’s Go Shopping!” Exhibition to Close March 2, 2019; “Battle of Wyoming at 240” Exhibition Ongoing

Looking for something to do this winter? Visit the Luzerne County Historical Society Museum, which has a collection of historical artifacts, photographs and documents on view, telling fascinating local stories. The Museum is open four days per week, year-round, at 69 Rear South Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  A downtown Wilkes-Barre landmark since its construction…

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…

Luzerne County Historical Society to Present Radio Play on the Lattimer Massacre As Part of Anthracite Mining Heritage month Thursday January 10, 2019

In connection with the region-wide celebration of Anthracite Mining Heritage Month in January 2019, the Luzerne County Historical Society will present an original radio play on the 1897 Lattimer Massacre, which took place at the Lattimer Mine, near Hazleton, PA.  The program will take place on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the…
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