County Historical Society Librarian To Host ‘Caring For Your Collections’ Program

May 2, 2019

The Luzerne County Historical Society (LCHS) is offering a seminar entitled “Caring for Your Collections” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Bishop Memorial Library, 49 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. The workshop will introduce participants to some of the techniques used by the historical society to preserve the collections of the Luzerne County Historical Society. Attendees will learn the basics of how to care for, preserve and store their paper artifacts and photographs. Amanda Fontenova, LCHS’s director of library and archives, will teach the workshop. Fontenova has been working with the LCHS collection for 10 years. She previously worked at Eckley Miners’ Village and the Anthracite Heritage Museum. Fontenova is an experienced researcher and oversees all historical and genealogical requests at LCHS’s Bishop Library. Participation is limited and pre-paid reservations are required. Cost is $10 for LCHS members and $15 for non-members. To sign up, email reservations@luzernehistory.org or call 570-823-6244, ext. 3. The Bishop Memorial Library was purchased by the LCHS in 1972 to house the historical society’s library and archives. The society’s business offices are located there as well. Among the unique resources at the historical society are yearbooks from local schools, published local histories with genealogical information, and significant runs of Luzerne County newspapers, which are available on microfilm and through the searchable online database, newspapers.com (fee for use). Founded in 1858, the Luzerne County Historical Society is Pennsylvania’s oldest county historical society. LCHS preserves and promotes the collective history and heritage of Luzerne County at the Bishop Library and the Museum in Wilkes-Barre, the Denison House in Forty Fort and the Swetland Homestead in Wyoming. Visit the website, www.luzernehistory.org or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/luzernehistory/. From left, are Amanda Fontenova and David Rutstein in the library.