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Explore Scranton with ‘Valley Quest’ scavenger hunt and win prizes from Oct. 10-30

Explore Scranton with ‘Valley Quest’ scavenger hunt and win prizes from Oct. 10-30
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From a press release:

The Lackawanna Historical Society is taking a modern approach to the past with “Valley Quest,” a competitive app-based scavenger hunt.

Explore the city with an adventure called the “Scranton Safari.” The hunt will be open from Saturday, Oct. 10 through Friday, Oct. 30, sending participants on a mission around downtown Scranton to find interesting (and sometimes hidden) architectural details that represent animals and other whimsical creatures.

Players may complete the hunt at their own pace – all at once or over the course of several days – but they must finish before Oct. 30. Clues will guide participants to 15 sites in the Electric City. A geographical area will be outlined at the beginning of the game, and hints will be available if needed. Look for letters at each site to spell out a secret phrase and complete the hunt. Players who complete the adventure and have the most correct answers will be entered into a drawing to win the grand prize of a “Basket of Family Fun,” including a variety of prizes for all ages to enjoy.

The registration fee is $10 per player and includes a special gift just for playing. All registered players will receive an email that contains the link to the clues for the hunt when the adventure begins on Oct. 10. Online registration is available at and closes on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Meanwhile, the Lackawanna Historical Society is hosting its annual “Scranton After Dark” haunted walking tours through Oct. 30. All tour dates are currently sold out.

For more information about these programs, contact the Lackawanna Historical Society at 570-344-3841 or email

Founded in 1886 as the Lackawanna Institute of History and Science, the Lackawanna Historical Society provides the community with a record of local history through its museum and library collections, exhibits, and programs. In 1942, from the bequest of George H. Catlin, the society established its permanent home at Catlin’s 1912 residence at 232 Monroe Avenue in Scranton.

In 1965, Lackawanna County designated the Lackawanna Historical Society as the official county historical society, and the society continues to serve the county as a center for local history resources. It receives funding from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Catlin Memorial Trust, Lackawanna County, and memberships.