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Lackawanna Historical Society shares student photojournalism documenting pandemic on Feb. 14

Lackawanna Historical Society shares student photojournalism documenting pandemic on Feb. 14
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From a press release:

On Valentine’s Day, the Lackawanna Historical Society in Scranton will present a virtual love letter to the community and debut “Every Picture Tells a Story,” a photojournalism project capturing Northeastern Pennsylvania during quarantine.

A short Zoom meeting and video premiere will be held on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. to introduce the project participants as well as provide a link to an online archive of the photos.

The society began the “Every Picture Tells a Story” project last May with Scranton Times-Tribune photojournalist Jake Danna Stevens and a group of local students documenting their communities in quarantine. The goal of the project was to teach advanced photography and photojournalism skills while making a record of this historic period. The photos taken will become part of the society’s permanent collection and provide a visual archive of the coronavirus pandemic that will tell their stories to future generations.

Students who participated in the project are: Ashtyn Mecca, Lackawanna Trail; Abigail Tirva, Scranton High School; Julia Kosarev, Mid Valley High School; Paige McConlogue, Scranton High School; Nora Collins, Scranton Preparatory School; Alyssa Slocum, Lackawanna Trail; Dev Patel, Scranton High School; Sarah Williams, Scranton High School; Zachary Allen, Abington Heights High School; Luke Pica, Scranton Prep; Kathryn Wozniak, Scranton High School; and Hollis Hoban, Keystone College. The project was supported by funding from the Margaret Briggs Foundation.

For more information or to receive the Zoom link for the program, contact the society at 570-344-3841 or by email at

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.