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Lackawanna Historical Society looks back on ‘Past Times’ in virtual lecture series Jan. 29-Feb. 26

Lackawanna Historical Society looks back on ‘Past Times’ in virtual lecture series Jan. 29-Feb. 26
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From a press release:

The Lackawanna Historical Society in Scranton will continue its popular “Lackawanna Past Times” virtual lecture series on Zoom in 2021.

“As we continue to practice social distancing and put off larger gatherings in-person (and move into the season of cold and snowy weather), we’re delighted to be able to offer local history programming that can be viewed from the comfort of your couch,” the organization said.

The Lackawanna Past Times series presents programs on local history topics biweekly on Fridays at 2 p.m. Email the society at or check its Facebook page for the Zoom login.

Lackawanna Past Times lectures

Friday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m.: “Roaring Brook Township” with North Pocono Boy Scout Corey Kowalski. He will present what he learned while working on his Citizenship in the Community merit badge in the society library.

Friday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.: “Destination Freedom” with E.J. Murphy will examine Waverly’s connection to the Underground Railroad.

Friday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.: “Mrs. Thomas Jefferson,” portrayed by Gina Aleo Gordon, will shine light on the more personal side of presidential history.

To observe Anthracite Mining Heritage Month, the Lackawanna Historical Society will also sponsor a zoom lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. with Professor Richard G. Healey of the School of the Environment, Geography, and Geosciences at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. Healey has been traveling from England for more than 30 years to conduct original research using the society’s collection of payroll records from the DL&W coal department. His program, “The Miners of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Coal Department During the Civil War Era: Some Recent Findings,” will be of interest to genealogists and will highlight a searchable index he is creating to document and trace individuals in the coal fields in the early days of Scranton.

Anyone who misses a lecture or wants to watch previous programs can find the videos on the society’s YouTube channel.

For more information on any of these events, call 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.