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Luzerne County Historical Society to Host Talk on Revolutionary Medicine at the Nathan Denison House

On Sunday, June 30, 2019, at 2 p.m., the Luzerne County Historical Society will host a talk about Revolutionary-era medicine, its tools and remedies. Join re-enactor Jeff Smith to learn about common ailments of the late 1700s, and how they were treated at the time. Check out the tools and remedies that were used.

Tours of the historic 1790 Nathan Denison House, 35 Dennison Street, Forty-Fort, PA, will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are free for members of the Society, $5 for non-member adults and $3 for non-member kids. Tickets include a tour of the Denison House and the talk. For more information, call 570-823-6244 ext. 3 or email reservations@luzernehistory.org.

Nathan Denison was one of the first forty shareholders in the Susquehanna Company to settle five new towns in the Wyoming Valley in February 1769. Denison became a popular leader of the pioneer settlers from Connecticut. He served as a Justice of the Peace and colonel of the local militia.

Re-Enactment of Capitulation after Battle of Wyoming at Luzerne County Historical Society’s Denison House on July 4, 2019; Historical Society to Participate in Annual Ceremony at the Wyoming Monument

On Thursday, July 4, 2019, the Luzerne County Historical Society and the 24th Connecticut Militia Regiment will host a re-enactment of the Capitulation after the Battle of Wyoming at 1:30 and 3 p.m. and an open house from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Society’s Denison House, 35 Denison Street, Forty Fort, PA. Admission is free for everyone. The re-enactment and open house will follow the annual ceremony commemorating the Battle of Wyoming at the Wyoming Monument on Wyoming Avenue in Wyoming, PA.

At the Wyoming Monument ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m., the Luzerne County Historical Society will be selling books, DVDs and notecards related to the history of the Battle of Wyoming, the monument and local history. The Society and the Wyoming Commemorative Association will also have copies of the ceremony’s proceedings from the early 1900s through early 2000s available for sale. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

The Battle of Wyoming took place during the Revolutionary War on July 3, 1778. The British worked with members of the Native American Seneca tribe on this campaign. The Americans, led by Zebulon Butler (1731-1795) and Nathan Denison (1740-1809), reportedly suffered more than 200 casualties in the battle out of their force of approximately 375. Nathan Denison negotiated the capitulation to the British, which will be re-enacted on July 4th at the Denison House at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Although the Battle of Wyoming was a British victory, it led George Washington (1732-1799) to send a counter-offensive in 1779, which was successful in removing Native Americans from the Susquehanna, Mohawk and Allegheny valleys.

The 24th Connecticut Regiment of Militia was originally established by the Connecticut Legislature in May 1775. The Continental Congress established two independent companies of the regiment in August 1776. Nathan Denison (1740-1809) held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel

and was promoted to Colonel in 1777 when the two independent companies left the Wyoming Valley to join General Washington at Morristown, New Jersey. Over the course of the next two years, the regiment fought in battles at Millstone, Bound Brook, Germantown, Brandywine, Fort Mifflin and White Marsh. After spending a harsh winter at Valley Forge, the companies fought at the Battle of Monmouth. They were released in 1778 to return to the Wyoming Valley, but arrived too late to be of help at the Battle of Wyoming on July 3, 1778. The Regiment was then sent on the Hartley Expedition in September 1778 and were with General Sullivan’s march into the Finger Lakes region of New York during the summer of 1779.

Nathan Denison was one of the first forty shareholders in the Susquehanna Company to settle five new towns in the Wyoming Valley in February 1769. Denison became a popular leader of the pioneer settlers from Connecticut. He served as a Justice of the Peace and colonel of the local militia.

The Denison House is open for tours on Sundays through September 29, 2019, from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free for LCHS members; $5 for non-member adults and $3 for non-member children. For more information, email info@luzernehistory.org or call 570-823-6244 x3.

The LCHS Museum and Bishop Library, both on South Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre, will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

Luzerne County Historical Society to Conclude Kids’ Craft Program Native American Beading - Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Luzerne County Historical Society will present a series of kids’ craft programs over the course of the summer at the LCHS Museum, 69 Rear South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA. On three Thursdays, July 11, July 25 and August 8, at 2:00 pm, children will learn a local history lesson and create a craft that connects to the museum’s exhibitions and collections. Each child will go home with a keepsake of their time at the museum.

The final Kids’ Craft program in the series explores the art of Native American beading and will take place on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at 2:00 pm. Join LCHS Director of Operations and Programs Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Museum Manager Allyson Earl on a tour through the Museum’s “Native Americans In the Wyoming Valley” exhibition. The children will be able to create a beaded piece inspired by the stories of the area’s Native Americans.

Reservations are preferred for this program. Tickets are FREE for children of LCHS members and $5 per child for nonmember children. Price includes the beading activity and a beverage. No lunch will be served. Tickets may be purchased by calling 570-823-6244 ext. 3 or by emailing reservations@luzernehistory.org.

Luzerne County Historical Society to Continue Kids Craft Programs Fun with Fossils - Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Luzerne County Historical Society will present a series of kids’ craft programs over the course of the summer at the LCHS Museum, 69 Rear South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA. On three Thursdays, July 11, July 25 and August 8, at 2:00 pm, children will learn a local history lesson and create a craft that connects to the museum’s exhibitions and collections. Each child will go home with a keepsake of their time at the museum.

The second Kids’ Craft program in the series is Fun with Fossils and will take place on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at 2:00 pm. Join LCHS Director of Operations and Programs Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Museum Manager Allyson Earl on a visit to the petrified stump on the LCHS lawn. After learning about fossilization and how it occurs, the children will then create their own pressed “fossils” to take home as an example of what they learned.

Reservations are preferred for this program. Tickets are FREE for children of LCHS members and $5 per child for nonmember children. Price includes the craft activity and a beverage. No lunch will be served. Tickets may be purchased by calling 570-823-6244 ext. 3 or by emailing reservations@luzernehistory.org.

 

Luzerne County Historical Society to Kick Off Kids’ Craft Programs Powder Horn Designs on Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Luzerne County Historical Society will present a series of kids’ craft programs over the course of this summer at the LCHS Museum, 69 Rear South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA. On three Thursdays, July 11, July 25 and August 8, at 2:00 pm, children will learn a local history lesson and create a craft that connects to the museum’s exhibitions and collections. Each child will go home with a keepsake of their time at the museum.

The first program in the series explores the art of powder horn decoration and will take place on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm. Join LCHS Director of Operations and Programs Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Museum Manager Allyson Earl on a tour through the Museum’s “Battle of Wyoming at 240” exhibition. The children will learn about how Revolutionary War era soldiers customized their powder horns with unique designs. They then will create a design of their own inspired by the horns in the Museum’s collection.

Reservations are preferred for this program. Tickets are FREE for children of LCHS members and $5 per child for non-member children. Price includes the craft activity and a beverage. No lunch will be served. Tickets may be purchased by calling 570-823-6244 ext. 3 or by emailing reservations@luzernehistory.org.

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…