December 13 2008

Press Release: Wayne County Historical Society Open House

"The Way It Was..." book cover.

Stourbridge Lion Ornament

"Faces in Clay" book cover

Gloria McCullough (l.) and Ann O'Hara

"Dorflinger Glassware Collection" book cover

Linda Dix Lee

"Murder & Mayhem" cover

The final event in a very busy year for the Wayne County Historical Society is the popular Holiday Open House scheduled for Saturday, November 29, from 4 to 7 pm. Visitors are invited to tour the expanded museum, sample the refreshments and browse the museum shop. Featured this year in the shop are this year's collectible ornament, three new books and a reprint of a classic.

This year's ornament once again depicts the Stourbridge Lion, always a popular theme. An earlier Lion ornament has been sold out for some time. The new ornament is priced at $17.95 plus tax.

The classic "Faces in Clay," by former Wayne County Historian Dr. Vernon Leslie, has been reprinted by his daughter, Karlyn Leslie Shedlowski, who realized that the original hard cover edition had become rare and expensive. The new quality paperback, at $29.95 plus tax, contains every word and illustration of Dr. Leslie's readable and scholarly description of the archaeology of the Upper Delaware Valley and its pre-European residents.

"Dorflinger Glassware Collection of Ray LaTournous," published by the Wallenpaupack Historical Society and sold for $57 plus tax, contains photographs of the magnificent glass collection of this local artist and expert on Wayne County glassware. Mr. LaTournous will be available to autograph copies of the book for purchasers.

"The Way It Was. the Story of David William Dix" by Linda Dix Lee, is a collection of David Dix's stories as told to his daughter Linda. Richly illustrated with pictures from his collection, the book tells a warm and loving story of life on a farm in Northern Wayne. Ms. Lee will also be autographing copies of her book at the Open House.

"Murder, Mayhem & Sundry Misadventures in Wayne County, Pennsylvania," compiled and written by Gloria McCullough and Ann O'Hara, is the result of years of research in local newspapers and an avid interest in true crime. Not for the squeamish, the book pulls no punches when it comes to vivid descriptions of accidents, medical disasters and crimes in the "good old days" in Wayne County. Fully indexed, the book sells for $20 plus tax.

For those who cannot attend the Open House on November 29, all these items are available online at or by phone (570-253-3240) or email ( The Wayne County Historical Society museum, library and shop are open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, at 810 Main St., Honesdale.