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Lackawanna County Courthouse featured in documentary on the Pennsylvania Cable Network on Aug. 20

Lackawanna County Courthouse featured in documentary on the Pennsylvania Cable Network on Aug. 20
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From a press release:

Residents of Lackawanna County will get a fascinating glimpse of the beauty and history of the County Courthouse in downtown Scranton through an upcoming documentary on the Pennsylvania Cable Network, found on local Comcast cable channel 186.

As part of the “Pennsylvania’s Historic Courthouses” series, a documentary detailing the architectural and historical value of the Lackawanna County Courthouse was recently produced through a joint effort of the Pennsylvania Cable Network and the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.

The Lackawanna County Courthouse segment will debut on PCN on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. The segment is approximately 30 minutes long and is jointly narrated by Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley and the Honorable Thomas J. Munley, President Judge of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas.

“We were delighted when PCN and CCAP decided to feature our courthouse as part of its excellent documentary series,” said Commissioner Jim Wansacz. “We are proud to present to our residents a unique look at this amazing building.”

“The crews from PCN and CCAP were very cooperative and helpful in the filming and production of this documentary,” added O’Malley. “It was a pleasure to be able to speak about our rich history and culture and the stature of this stately structure.”

“It is a great honor for our courthouse to be featured with many other historic courthouses from around the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in this unique series,” Commissioner Edward Staback agreed. “This documentary will serve as a source of reference on the history of the courthouse for many years to come.”

Produced at no cost to Lackawanna County taxpayers, the segment highlights the historical significance of the many monuments around Courthouse Square, while also detailing the various architectural features of the exterior. The video explores the décor and history of the courthouse’s courtrooms and public spaces. Special attention is given to the opening hearings of the 1902 Anthracite Coal Strike Commission, which were held in the building, and the impact of the hearings on local and national history.

The segment will be rebroadcast on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. Future rebroadcasts of the segment on PCN will be announced as schedules become available.

In advance of the broadcast debut of the documentary, a public screening will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Lackawanna County Children’s Library (520 Vine St., Scranton). The screening is free and open to the public.

The Lackawanna County Courthouse joins courthouses in Cumberland, Westmoreland, Warren, and Cambria Counties that are being featured in the 2015 “Pennsylvania’s Historic Courthouses” series. Other Pennsylvania counties previously highlighted include Allegheny, Armstrong, Berks, Bradford, Butler, Centre, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mercer, Montgomery, Washington, and Wyoming.