December 20 2011

Press Release: Finishing 2011 for WCHS

"The Pride and the Lion" Cover

2011 Ornament - The Honesdale National Bank Ornament

"The Rural Schools of Wayne County"

The rest of 2011 will be a very busy time at the Wayne County Historical Society.

First, the annual Holiday Open House is scheduled as usual for the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 26, from 4 to 7 pm. Lots of good things to eat and drink have been promised by volunteers and four authors of new books will be autographing their work for

"The Pride and the Lion" a new look at the Stourbridge Lion and the Pride of Newcastle, the first two locomotives imported to America. Author Ray State had access to new material in U. K. files and worked closely with Honesdale's Albert G. "Ab" Rutherford, who will be autographing the book,.

Margaret "Mimi" Steffen has just released her "The Rural Schools of Wayne County," a must for all teachers, former teachers, friends and descendants of teachers and anyone interested in our county's history.

"One-Room Schools in Greene and Dreher Township" will be signed by authors Bernadine Lennon and Diane Smith. This new book zeroes in on the two townships and features many photographs and the memories of many former students of these long-ago centers of learning.

"Life and Times of Tom McKeon - Boatman, Cowboy, Indian Scout, Telephone man," will be autographed by author Don McKeon, chronicler of the adventures of this 19th century Renaissance man.

Also available in the Museum Shop, of course, is this year's WCHS ornament, commemorating the 175th birthday of the Honesdale National Bank, as well as many other attractive items for holiday giving.

Finally, the drawing for the 2011 Cash Raffle will be held at 6 pm during the Open House. There is still time to purchase $5 tickets for a chance to win $1,000, $700, $500, $200 or $100.

The venue for "Tastes of First Wednesdays" on December 7 is Three Wishes, at 1643 Beach Like Highway (Route 652). A generous donation for every meal served that day goes to the Wayne County Historical Society. Call 570-729-8187 for reservations.

Saturday, December 10. Sally Talaga will give a gallery talk on Honesdale's own Jennie Brownscombe from 30 to 5:30 pm. The talk is free to WCHS members, $5 for non-members.

Finally, the museum and research library will be open from 10 am to 4 pm Wednesday through Saturday through December 31, when several exhibits will be dismantled and the building closed for the winter. This is the last chance to see the acclaimed "Wayne County Experience," "Fire, Fire" and Jennie Brownscombe exhibits. The museum will open again in April with several new exhibits, including a very exciting major display of the works of Howard Becker.

For more information, call 570-253-3240 and check out the WCHS website, All shop items can be purchased online as well as in the Museum Shop.