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Lackawanna Historical Society looks back on ‘Past Times’ in virtual lecture series Feb. 12-April 23

Lackawanna Historical Society looks back on ‘Past Times’ in virtual lecture series Feb. 12-April 23
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From a press release:

The Lackawanna Historical Society in Scranton will continue its winter “Lackawanna Past Times” virtual lecture series on Zoom into the spring.

“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, 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.

Friday, March 12 at 2 p.m.: “Scranton Broadcasters and the Women Who Ran It” is a spotlight on WYOU founder Madger Megargee Holcomb and her sisters by WBRE/WYOU Creative Director Rebecca Stitzer.

Friday, March 26 at 2 p.m.: In “Beyond the Society Page,” Tina Lesher, Ed.D., shares stories about her experience as a woman working for Scranton newspapers in the 1960s.

Friday, April 9 at 2 p.m.: “Early Jermyn History” will be discussed by former Jermyn mayor Bruce Smallacombe.

Friday, April 23 at 2 p.m.: North Pocono historian Ted Baird talks about “Covington Township History.”

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.