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Sept 2017
  • Wed., Sept 6 Marking Lattimer Massacre’s 120th, Join us at the Catlin House on Wednesday, September 6 at 7 pm as Bill Bachman, senior instructor of communications at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, presents a program on the Lattimer Massacre marking its 120th anniversary. His program will offer the retelling of the tragedy that occurred on September 10, 1897 near Hazleton, PA, which pitted coal company owners, the sheriff of Luzerne County and striking miners against each other, with a deadly outcome. Bachman will lead a discussion on the Lattimer Massacre and how it relates to current topics of our civil liberties, human rights, the justice system and the treatment of immigrant laborers in the U.S. today.
  • Sat., Sept 9 Guided downtown walking tours are back this summer! Take a stroll to learn about the history and architecture of some of the buildings you pass each day. Tours will be held on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. A new tour this year will spotlight Green Ridge residences. Tours are free, but please call the Society at 570-344-3841 to make a reservation by the Thursday prior to the tour date.
    Tours will be offered on the following Saturday dates:
    Aug. 12: meet at Scranton Electric Building, 507 Linden St.
    Aug. 26: meet at Nancy K. Holmes Library, Green Ridge St. & Wyoming Ave.
    Sept. 9: meet at Lackawanna College, corner N. Washington & Vine
    Sept 23: meet at Nancy K. Holmes Library, Green Ridge St.& Wyoming Ave.
  • Wed., Sept 20 Dine Lackawanna at JW Pub & Eatery. Want to take a night off from cooking, and support the Lackawanna Historical Society at the same time? This fundraiser is hosted each month at a different local restaurant, and gives you the chance to enjoy a fabulous meal chosen from a great menu at one of the area’s premiere dining locations, and a portion of night’s proceeds benefit LHS. This month join us we Dine Lackawanna at JW Pub & Eatery (570) 254-9119. Hope to see you there.
  • Sat., Sept 23 Guided downtown walking tours are back this summer! Take a stroll to learn about the history and architecture of some of the buildings you pass each day. Tours will be held on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. A new tour this year will spotlight Green Ridge residences. Tours are free, but please call the Society at 570-344-3841 to make a reservation by the Thursday prior to the tour date.
    Tours will be offered on the following Saturday dates: Sept 23: meet at Nancy K. Holmes Library, Green Ridge St.& Wyoming Ave.
  • Sat. Sept 30, 10 am Lions & Owls & Elves, Oh My !, the Lackawanna Historical Society will offer a special downtown walking tour featuring 30 of our tour guides' favorite things about Scranton. The tour will start at the Catlin House. LHS guides Joanne Kavulich, Juliana Piccini and Joyce Hatala will lead participants on an exciting journey through the downtown with stops at some of the city's most treasured buildings like the Albright Memorial Library, the Lackawanna County Courthouse and the Radisson Lackawanna Station, They will discuss several downtown churches, hotels, banks and local landmarks that exemplify our amazing past, and also point out some of the more interesting and unique architectural details that are sometimes missed by the casual passerby. The tour is free and open to the public. To register call the LHS at 570-344-3841.
Oct 2017
  • Thurs. - Sat., Oct. 12-14 Pennsylvania Historical Association Conference LHS is pleased to be hosting the PHA annual meeting in Scranton on October 12-14. Eighteen panels will present topics that relate this year's theme, Public Histories of the Mid-Atlantic, to explore the many ways in which the public engages with the past. Three keynote speakers will explore the theme at a lunch program with PHMC Chair Nancy Moses who will discuss her latest book, Stolen Smuggled, Sold: How Cultural Object Reveal Historical Events; a dinner program at Steamtown National Historic Site with "Living Landscape Observer" Editor, and former coordinator of National Heritage Areas, Brenda Barrett who will present Public History in Action - Pennsylvania Style; and a concluding lunch program Dimensions of Philadelphia's History by urban and social historian Roger Simon. To add to the weekend, the Society will conduct a special Friday the 13th Scranton After Dark walking tour following the dinner program, and many of our local partners will offer free admission or special tours to conference attendees on the final day to encourage participants to stay and explore the city.
  • More details can be found at https://pa-history.org/meeting/2017/.

     

  • Wed., Oct. 18 Dine Lackawanna at Sidel's Restaurant. Want to take a night off from cooking, and support the Lackawanna Historical Society at the same time? This fundraiser is hosted each month at a different local restaurant, and gives you the chance to enjoy a fabulous meal chosen from a great menu at one of the area's premiere dining locations, and a portion of night's proceeds benefit LHS. This month join us we Dine Lackawanna at Sidel's Restaurant (570) 343-6544. Hope to see you there.
  • Fri., Oct. 20 Take a Spooky Stroll for Halloween $5 per person Reservations are required, On Friday, October 20 at 6:30 pm the Lackawanna Historical Society’s haunted walking tour returns for the Halloween season! Join the Society for a guided walking tour around Downtown Scranton for tales of mayhem and mysterious happenings at some of your favorite places. The tour will meet at the Society’s headquarters, the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Avenue, Scranton, and the walk will take about 1.5 hours. Join us to learn more about Scranton’s perfidious past!
  • Sun., Oct. 22, 2pm An Afternoon with Buffalo Bill, An American Story; On Sunday, October 22 at 2 pm, the Society will present Tom Jordan in the one-man show, Buffalo Bill, An American Story. The program will feature Mr. Jordan as Buffalo Bill in full costume telling stories of his youth on the plains as a wagon teamster, Pony Express rider and Army scout, as well as experiences with the Buffalo Bill Combination and Buffalo Bill's Wild West shows. Members may recall the article, When Buffalo Bill's Wild West Played Scranton by Willis Conover that was published in a 2012 LHS Journal (Vol. 42, No. 4) detailing the show's runs in Scranton. As Buffalo Bill Mr. Jordan will also reminisce about his friends Wild Bill Hickok, Sitting Bull, George Armstrong Custer and others. The program is free and open to the public.
  • Wed., Oct. 25, 6 pm President Roosevelt is coming to Scranton! LHS Dinner Marks 115th Anniversary of the Anthracite Coal Strike On October 25, the Society will host its annual dinner at the Radisson Lackawanna Station in Scranton at 6 pm with a very special guest, President Theodore Roosevelt. President Roosevelt, as portrayed by nationally recognized interpreter Gibert "Gib" H. Young, Jr. of Huntington, Indiana, he will discuss the Anthracite Coal Strike of 1902 and also be available during the cocktail hour to chat with guests and to pose for photographs. The Society is grateful to Prudential for its early sponsorship for this event. Call 570-344-3841 to register or for more information.
Nov 2017
  • Sun., Nov. 12, 2pm Battle of the Bulge Program Honors Local Veteran LHS Member James Dougher will present a lecture on the Battle of the Bulge at the Catlin House on Sunday, November 12 at 2 pm with a special focus on Dr. Joseph Schectman, a Lackawanna County podiatrist who as a member of the 3rd Battalion 424th Infantry Regiment 106th Infantry Division was trapped during the deadly battle north of Bastogne, and was able to escape with the help of the 82nd Airborne Division. Mr. Dougher spent countless hours interviewing Dr. Schectman to tell his story which led to a presentation by Pennsylvania Congressman Cartwright of nine medals honoring Dr. Schectman's wartime service, including the Bronze Star of Valor, "for fearlessly running messages as the U.S. 106th Infantry Division was under massive assault by Nazi Panzer Divisions". Dr. Schectman passed away on October 18, 2016 and the Society was honored when his widow, Harriet Schectman donated some of his WWII collection this past Spring
  • Wed., Nov. 15 Dine Lackawanna at Posh @ the Scranton Club. Want to take a night off from cooking, and support the Lackawanna Historical Society at the same time? This fundraiser is hosted each month at a different local restaurant, and gives you the chance to enjoy a fabulous meal chosen from a great menu at one of the area's premiere dining locations, and a portion of night's proceeds benefit LHS. This month join us we Dine Lackawanna at Sidel's Restaurant (570) 955-5890. Hope to see you there.
Dec 2017
  • Fri., Dec. 8 Holiday Open House at the Catlin House Details TBA

 


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