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Historical Society Plans Reception For Exhibits

cropped_wedding_gownforwebThe Luzerne County Historical Society announces the opening of two new exhibits at the Museum: Germans in Luzerne County and “The Bride Wore”—Wedding Gowns of Wyoming Valley. The first exhibit focuses on the German people of Luzerne County. The exhibit explores the history, culture and contributions of the German immigrants who settled in Luzerne County in the 19th century. Historic artifacts, photographs, music, printed materials and ethnic clothing are among the items featured in the exhibit. This exhibition continues the series of exhibits focusing on the ethnic groups which contribute to the rich cultural heritage of Luzerne County. Previous exhibits in the series focused on the Welsh, Slovaks, Jews, African Americans, the Irish and the Poles.

In photo: The wedding gown belonged to Olivia Burr Hillard Conyngham and it is from 1864.

The second exhibit features wedding gowns from the Society’s collection. The Society houses a large collection of wedding dresses and accessories, and 25 gowns will be on display. A small exhibit on the theme at the Society’s Swetland Homestead in 2007 was very well received and there have been many requests to display and interpret more of the collection in the larger space of the Museum.

St._Conrad's_Society,_circa._1910wThe opening reception for the exhibit will be Friday, September 26, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum, 69 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre (behind the Osterhout Library). Cost for the reception is $20.00 per person, $15.00 for LCHS members. For reservations, call 570 823-6244, ext. 3, or email

The St. Conrad’s Society is a German Fraternal organization

The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 2:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $4.00. The exhibits will remain on display through January 31, 2015.