December 22 2010

Press Release: WCHS Prepared for Busy Season

"Faces in Clay," Dr. Vernon Leslie's classic pre-history of the Upper Delaware River Valley.

New Wayne County afghan depicting eight historic sites in Wayne County. Left: Kay Stephenson, WCHS Shop Manager. Right: Lynne Ober, Owner of Your Finishing Touch Gift Outlet of Richland, PA, which produced the afghan for WCHS.

The Wayne County Historical Society's Museum Shop is fully stocked for the tourist and Christmas seasons, with hundreds of souvenirs and gift items.

The shop recently received its first shipment of the new full color Wayne County afghan to replace an older afghan which is no longer available. The new afghan depicts eight scenes from around the Wayne County Courthouse, Bingham Park Bandstand, Waymart Gravity Station, Wayne County Historical Society (former headquarters of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Co.), Old Stone Jail, Bethel School, Silsby Steamer and Stourbridge Lion. In the center is a typical Wayne County lake vista from the society's collection of more than 7,000 photographs.

Books are among the most popular items. In addition to classic Wayne County histories like Phineas' Goodrich's "History of Wayne County" and the 1998 Bicentennial History, the shop features more recent works, like Gene Tagle's "The Irish Experience in Wayne County," Vernon Leslie's "Faces in Clay" and other histories, and the shop's current best seller, "Murder, Mayhem & Sundry Misadventures in Wayne County, Pennsylvania." There are also a very few copies of artist William Amptman's "Wayne County, Historic Buildings & the Rural Landscape." This limited edition book of drawings was created for the society's recent Capital Campaign and will never be reprinted.

Handmade clothing, glassware, condiments and jewelry are attractively displayed and priced in the shop, along with collectible ornaments from past years and the undated Stourbridge Lion ornament, a top seller year-round. The 2010 ornament, which will depict the Bethel School, will be available shortly.

Perhaps the most popular gift for local history buffs is a membership in the Wayne County Historical Society. Individual annual membership is $35 and a family membership $50, with business and junior memberships also available.

Shop Manager Kay Stephenson and Receptionist Rachel Bakota are on hand from 10 am to 4 pm Wednesday through Saturday to assist shoppers. The shop is right inside the front door of the museum, at 810 Main St., Honesdale, but questions are answered and credit card orders accepted by phone at 570-253-3240, by email at or online at