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WWII-era ‘Big Boy’ locomotive restored and returned to Steamtown in Scranton for National Train Day

WWII-era ‘Big Boy’ locomotive restored and returned to Steamtown in Scranton for National Train Day

From a press release: Today, the Steamtown National Historic Site in downtown Scranton announced that its Union Pacific Railroad “Big Boy” No. 4012 has returned to static exhibition in the park following an extended cosmetic restoration, just in time for National Train Day and National Preservation Month. The locomotive was removed from display in 2019 […]

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Who is Jane Jacobs? The life story behind the citywide Observe Scranton festival on May 4-8

Who is Jane Jacobs? The life story behind the citywide Observe Scranton festival on May 4-8

From a press release: The inaugural Observe Scranton festival that is set for Tuesday, May 4 through Saturday, May 8 is a tribute to hometown hero Jane Jacobs, but who was this iconic city activist and how will her hometown celebrate what would have been her 105th birthday? She was born Jane Butzner on May […]

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After more than a year, Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour reopens at McDade Park in Scranton on April 30

After more than a year, Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour reopens at McDade Park in Scranton on April 30

From a press release: Lackawanna County residents and area visitors can dive into a piece of local history once again. The Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour at McDade Park (1 Bald Mountain Rd., Scranton) is back open for business, beginning this Friday, April 30. The award-winning tourist attraction will, for starters, be open on weekends – […]

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Lackawanna Historical Society hosts local history game show virtually with ECTV on April 23-24, May 1

Lackawanna Historical Society hosts local history game show virtually with ECTV on April 23-24, May 1

From a press release: Can you identify Scranton architectural landmarks? Do you know what natural feature originally covered Courthouse Square? Play along with the Lackawanna Historical Society’s 12th annual local history game show, “You Live Here, You Should Know This,” hosted virtually by Electric City Television. The first two rounds of the game will begin […]

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New ‘Observe Scranton’ festival celebrates the city with live events, exhibits, and more May 4-8

New ‘Observe Scranton’ festival celebrates the city with live events, exhibits, and more May 4-8

From a press release: The Center for the Living City, in partnership with the Scranton Fringe Festival, is planning a nearly week-long community festival celebrating Scranton through the eyes of hometown hero Jane Jacobs, an iconic city activist, on what would have been her 105th birthday. Dubbed Observe Scranton, this new event on Tuesday, May […]

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Glynn Lunney, legendary Apollo flight director for NASA and Old Forge native, dies at 84

Glynn Lunney, legendary Apollo flight director for NASA and Old Forge native, dies at 84

From a press release: Glynn Lunney, a legendary NASA engineer from Lackawanna County, died on Friday, March 19 at the age of 84. An employee of NASA since it was formed in 1958, Lunney was a flight director for the Apollo 11 moon landing mission, and he was lead flight director for Apollo 7, the […]

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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

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 […]

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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

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 […]

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WVIA rebroadcasts ‘War Stories’ about Pittston WWII vet Patrick Solano on Jan. 29-31

WVIA rebroadcasts ‘War Stories’ about Pittston WWII vet Patrick Solano on Jan. 29-31

From a press release: In remembrance of Patrick Solano, a decorated World War II veteran who became a public servant under nine Pennsylvania governors, WVIA will air a special rebroadcast of the award-winning original documentary film “War Stories: Pat Solano” this Friday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 1:30 p.m. […]

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University of Scranton hosts virtual Schemel Forum series on world affairs during spring semester

University of Scranton hosts virtual Schemel Forum series on world affairs during spring semester

From a press release: During the spring semester, the Schemel Forum’s World Affairs seminars at the University of Scranton will deliver a full spectrum of enlightening virtual presentations on current topics starting in February. Eight experts in their fields will bring their insights into the homes of area residents, once again through a Zoom format […]

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