Downtown Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walks

The Luzerne County Historical Society is proud to announce that our Annual Downtown Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walks will be returning again this year! The popular tours will run on October 15th and 16th 2021. Come join us for a walking tour of the downtown historic district and learn about totally true ghosts, murders, and hidden graveyards,…

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2021 Fall Festival

Early American craftsmen and artisans will come to life on Sunday, October 3, 2021, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the historic Swetland Homestead in Wyoming. The Fall Festival features crafters in the arts of cross-cut saw demonstrations, quill pen and ink, wood carving, wheat weaving, and much more. Hearth cooking methods will be…

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Revolutionary War Encampment

Join us at the newly renovated Swetland Homestead for an on-site Revoluntary War Encampment, featuring The 24th Connecticut Militia Regiment on Saturday, October 2nd from 12p.m. to 5p.m. The 24th Connecticut Militia Regiment, Inc., is a living history organization. Its objective is to educate and encourage interest in the Revolutionary War period of American history…

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163rd LCHS Annual Dinner

Dinner In Full Swing

On Friday, September 24th at the Westmoreland Club, 59 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre PA, the Luzerne County Historical Society will hold its 163rd Annual Dinner. The theme of this year’s dinner is “The Swetland Homestead: Restoring a Wyoming Valley Treasure”. Speakers John Panzitta of Panzitta Enterprises as well as Cathy Sobeck and Justin Detwiller of…

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3rd Annual Road Rally in the Valley

On Sunday, August 2, 2020, the Luzerne County Historical Society will host its second annual “Road Rally in the Valley”! What’s a road rally? A fun scavenger hunt combined with a road race! It’s a battle of mind and machine! Teams are not racing each other or the clock, but are instead attempting to complete…

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Re-enactment of the Capitulation after the Battle of Wyoming

On Saturday, July 3, 2021, 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 1:15pm at the Society’s Nathan Denison House, 35 Denison Street, Forty Fort, PA. Admission is free for everyone. The re-enactment and open house afterwards will follow…

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Virtual Auction #3

SAVE THE DATE: Due to popular demand, we’re doing another one! You wanted it, you got it! On Thursday, June 24th, the Luzerne County Historical Society will hold a second online auction on the virtual Auctria platform. This auction will run through Sunday, June 27th. The auction will once again feature a wide variety of…

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“Frances Dorrance – LCHS’ First Executive Director”

The Luzerne County Historical Society will present a lecture entitled “Frances Dorrance – LCHS’ First Executive Director” on the Zoom digital platform. Originally scheduled as a part of the celebration of Women’s History Month 2021, the lecture will now take place on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.  Attendees will learn about this local…

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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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