The Lackawanna Historical Society will continue its popular “Lackawanna Past Times” Zoom lecture series in September after a summer hiatus! They are delighted to be able to offer local history programming that can be viewed from the comfort of your couch, to help inspire the exploration of Lackawanna County’s rich history.
Their Lackawanna Past Times virtual lecture series presents programs on local history topics on the last Friday of each month at 2:00 PM. Email them at email@example.com or check their Facebook page for the Zoom login.
Friday, September 30 at 2:00 PM |“William W. Scranton and the United Nations, 1976-77” explores former Governor Bill Scranton’s tenure as Ambassador to the United Nations. Presented by Dr. Sean Brennan, professor of history at the University of Scranton.
Friday, October 28 at 2:00 PM |“Abington History: The Lackawanna Trail, 100 years ago” Join Julie Manwarrento to learn more about the planning, construction, and historic opening of the Lackawanna Trail (today US Route 11) connecting Scranton to rural communities in the Abingtons and its importance, then and now, to our region.
Friday, November 18 at 2:00 PM |“Spotlight on the Jenkins Archive” provides a sneak peek into a Colonial-era archive of more than 3,000 documents and maps in the Lackawanna Historical Society’s collection and explores the life of Col. John Jenkins, a Revolutionary soldier. Presented by Rich Jenkins, a descendant of the Colonel.
Since 2020, the Lackawanna Historical Society has produced 50 episodes in this popular series of virtual local history lectures. Past topics range from Scranton architecture and women’s suffrage to virtual tours along long-vanished electric trolley lines or a visit to Rocky Glen amusement park. All past episodes are available to view on their YouTube channel.