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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 Frances Dorrance. Attendees will learn about this local woman who made historic preservation and archaeology her life’s callings at the Historical Society and through the programs she helped create under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration to put academics to work during the Depression. “Join us in learning about a tremendous woman, whose influence is still felt at many local institutions today,” said Earl.  

Attendees will be able to tour the LCHS Museum including the exhibition, “Native Americans in the Wyoming Valley,” which includes several items recovered from digs held by the Frances Dorrance Chapter of the NEPA Archeological Society. The lecture is free for LCHS members and $5 for non-members (includes Museum admission). For more information, call 570-823-6244 ext.3 or email reservations@luzernehistory.org. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The LCHS Museum is located at 69 Rear South Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre, PA (behind the Osterhout Library).  The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free for members; $5 for non-members and $3 for children.  Exhibitions on view at the museum include: “Native Americans in the Wyoming Valley,” “The Battle of Wyoming at 240: Revolution on the Homefront,” and ““Mysterious Customs and Warm Charity”: Fraternal Organizations in the Wyoming Valley.”

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