December 19 2010

Press Release: Stourbridge Lion Open Houst at WCHS

Vernon Leslie

Karlyn Shedlowski

Stourbridge LionReplica Moving to Permanent Home, 1993

The Wayne County Historical Society's annual open house commemorating the running of the Stourbridge Lion is scheduled for Saturday, August 7, from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission will be free at the museum at 810 Main Street, Honesdale, and light refreshments will be served. The museum is the home of the famous Stourbridge Lion replica, a full-size working copy of the original.

An added attraction this year is the appearance of Karlyn Leslie Shedlowski, daughter of Dr. Vernon Leslie, author of "Honesdale and the Stourbridge Lions," the definitive book to date on the historic test of the locomotive that took place on August 8, 1929. Ms. Shedlowski will be available up until 3 pm to sign copies of any of her father's books purchased in the museum shop that day. In addition to "Honesdale and the Stourbridge Lions," Dr. Leslie was the author of "Faces in Clay," " The Early Years," "The Battle of Minisin," and "Things Wayne County, 1876-1889," among others.

For more information about the open house and Vernon Leslie's books, call the Wayne County Historical Society at 570-253-3240 or email The books are also available on the WCHS website,