The Luzerne County Historical Society in conjunction with the Westmoreland Club Charitable Foundation cordially invites you to a Portrait Walk on Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Westmoreland Club, 59 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Join us in the main dining room for complimentary hors d’ouevres and champagne before…

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The Luzerne County Historical Society announces that, in cooperation with Jennifer Ciarimboli, its next monthly mindfulness meditation session at the LCHS Museum, 69 Rear South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, will take place on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 6:30 pm. Meditation is free and open to all participants. Bring your Yoga mat or cushion and join…

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In 1951 after being dormant for 35 years, Giant’s Despair was reborn. The revival of “The Giant” coincided with a post-war boom in auto racing interest throughout America. American G.I.s had spent the years after the war in England watching the small, two-seat sports cars so popular in Europe race around the dozens of now…

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A regional observance of Anthracite Mining Heritage Month will take place during January 2020. A wide variety of programs will be featured in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Pittston, Plymouth, Nanticoke, Bethlehem, and Port Griffith. The annual event focuses on the history and culture of the anthracite region of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Luzerne County Historical Society is proud…

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As the afternoons get darker and the wind howls and moans, we thought we would share this spooky newspaper clipping from 130 years ago… From an article in the Wilkes-Barre Record, June 4, 1889: “Yesterday forenoon a policeman crossed Public Square going towards the police office carrying a parcel wrapped in newspaper and followed by…

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What’s your favorite hobby? Does it have any insider jargon? Most hobbies do. Comic book collecting is no different; its most common bit of jargon may be “grail.” Collectors will often ask each other, “What’s your grail?” Or an excited collector will exclaim, “I finally found my grail!” In comic book terms, a grail is…

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Shortly after I started as Executive Director of LCHS, I came across an image of Wilkes-Barre’s “palm house.”  I was fascinated. “How cool!,” I thought, “What were the circumstances for that, and what happened to it?” However, as I started to look around in order to learn more, it was a bit more challenging than…

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Certain parts of our culture are as old as time itself. Other things remain unchanged throughout the course of their lifetimes, creating a rich, deep tradition. Motorsports is one such activity. Although only dating back about 150 years or so, it has remained almost exactly the same throughout that time. The first car to cover…

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