December 17 2009

Press Release: Thomas Little Engineer, 2009 Ornament, Front Cover, Gloria & Jim - Raffle 02, Hiller Frosty Shadows at Dorflinger

Thomas:"Little Engineer" by Angela Trotta Thomas, oil on canvas 12" x 9"

2009 Ornament: Old Stone Jail, $17.50 plus tax

Front Cover: "Faces in Clay," by Vernon Leslie, $29.95 plus tax

Gloria & Jim: WCHS Research Gloria & Jim: Librarian Gloria McCullough buying raffle ticket from trustee Jim Bader

Hiller: Frosty Shadows: Photograph by Jeff Hiller available in silent auction

November 27 and 28 will mark the kickoff of the Wayne County Historical Society's traditional holiday season at its 810 Main Street, Honesdale, Museum and Shop. In addition to regular 10 am to 4 pm Wednesday through Friday hours, beginning November 27 up until Christmas, the museum will be open until 6 pm Fridays and Saturdays. Also beginning November 27, a new exhibit of the paintings of Angela Trotta Thomas, the only artist licensed by Lionel Trains/Lionel, LLC, will be housed at the historical society through December 5. This special exhibit commemorates the unveiling in Central Park on the 27th of the new Lionel limited edition Stourbridge Lion model.

The WCHS Holiday Open House is scheduled for Saturday, November 28, from 4 to 7 pm. In addition to bountiful refreshments, the museum and shop will be open for browsing and Christmas shopping. This year's ornament depicts Wayne County's Old Stone Jail, which celebrated its 150th birthday in 2009. The ornament is selling fast at $17.50 plus tax, but supplies are still available in the Museum Shop, along with many other items perfect for holiday giving. Books, foods, handmade items, prints and many other gifts are all attractively displayed in the 1860 building.

Winners will be drawn during the Open House for the historical society's cash raffle and the silent auction of Jeff Hiller's beautiful photographs of Wayne County. Raffle tickets will be sold up to the time of the drawing, and bids will be accepted on the photos up until 6 pm. Bids can also be made on the framed prints any time the museum is open, and raffle tickets are available in the shop. The $5 ticket buys a chance to win the $1,000 first prize, second prize of $750, third prize of $500 and fourth prize of $250.

For more information on the Open House and a complete list of Museum Shop offerings, visit the Wayne County Historical Society's website at Shop orders are accepted via phone (570-253-3240) or email ( with a credit card, but the staff and trustees of the Wayne County Historical Society hope everyone who is able will join them at the museum during the Open House on November 28.