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Luzerne County Historical Society Director of Operations and Programs and Museum Curator, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Wilkes-Barre Area School District Social Studies teacher and former Luzerne County Historical Society board member, Michael Ward, discuss some well known and never heard of topics about the rich and full history of Luzerne County. Become a Patron! https://patron.podbean.com/firesidehistory Shop on Amazon https://amzn.to/3wruyRn
 
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Dust off the record player, because on season 2 episode 9 of Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society, Mark Riccetti Jr. and Michael Ward will be making you nostalgic for hits from the past. From Eddie Day and the Starfires or Eddie Day and TNT, Joe Nardone's All-Stars, The Buoys, Breaking Benjamin, and even WARM 590, Mar…
 
In 2015 the historical society received a package in the mail from a family in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. The passing of one generation had caused the next generation to sort through boxes of “Dad’s stuff”. In one of the boxes were Brattleboro-related items that the family decided to donate to our organization. One of the items was William Whipple…
 
In this thirty-ninth episode I have an in-depth discussion with my friends about Konami's 2022 Silent Hill Transmission that streamed on youtube October 19th and revealed several new games, including a Silent Hill 2 Remake and a movie adaptation! There's also a video version of the podcast uploaded to my WhitneyPlays youtube channel that includes a…
 
In the late 1970’s a section of the south side of Elliot Street was purchased by the town in order to build a small park. The park was part of a larger Elliot Street re-vitalization project that was funded through federal grants secured by the Brattleboro Community Development Office. Here's the story...…
 
Governor Holbrook served as Governor for 2 years during the Civil War. He lived on Walnut Street, used the Brattleboro House for his executive offices and rented space in the American House for official correspondence, (the telegraph office was in the American House). He believed he had a warm, influential relationship with Abraham Lincoln...here's…
 
One hundred and sixty years ago the United States was in a major battle for its soul. The Civil War was a little over a year old and it was clear there would be no easy resolution. In 1861 Brattleboro's Frederick Holbrook was elected Vt. Governor. This begins his story...由Brattleboro Historical Society
 
Dim the lights and gather 'round the fire as Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward tell some of the darker stories of Wyoming Valley history. In season 2 episode 8, Mark and Mike talk about a massacre in 1763, an axe murder in West Pittston, the hauntings of the Augustus Lanning and Smurl homes, and the legend of the Suscon Screamer. Thank you to the…
 
In partnership with Victoria Mansion; Recorded September 8, 2022 - Built and furnished between 1858 and 1860, Victoria Mansion was remarkable from the day it was created. It stands today as the final unaltered and fully intact example of the work of three of 19th-century America's towering creative talents, architect Henry Austin, interior designer…
 
The historical society accepts donations of local items of historical significance. These items are catalogued and stored in AB boxes. The AB is short for Artifact Box. This past weekend; while placing a newly donated item into an AB box for medals, pins, jewelry and other small artifacts, we decided to share stories attached to some of the items i…
 
Have you ever played the 1990's game, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? In this edition we play a modified version known as Six Degrees of Fairbanks Moore. Moore was the first English colonizer to settle along the West River in the 1750's and we trace an early 1900's Harness Maker's sign to him in six steps...…
 
In 1869 two days of heavy rain throughout New England caused floods along tributaries of major NE rivers and lakes. Water power was the main source of energy for factories and mills. A great deal of destruction and loss of life resulted from these freshets. This is the story of two families facing the consequences of a natural disaster...…
 
Ever wonder where the city got the name, Wilkes-Barré? Who is the Franklin from Franklin Street? A late night talk show poked fun at Forty Fort, did you know the origins? What's Daniel Edwards connection to the westside? In episode 7 "What's In A Name?" of Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and M…
 
In 1922 Charles Crane was commissioned to produce a series of booklets called, “With Interest”. These little booklets were put out every few months and were chock full of information and photos about Brattleboro and surrounding towns. The topics were diverse and included subjects like schools, railroads and local trees. The booklets were sponsored …
 
Dr. O'Connor played major league baseball for a short time but achieved two distinct statistics that will keep him in the record books for a long time. This is part 1 of a two part story explaining how he lived in Brattleboro for less than a decade but had a lasting impact on the community...由Brattleboro Historical Society
 
Hop on the bus and head in to town with Mark Riccetti, Jr., and Michael Ward in season 2 episode 6 of Fireside History Presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society! Mark and Mike get nostalgic about some of the downtown Wilkes-Barre stores of the past such as, Lazarus, Pomeroy's, Fowler, Dick, & Walker, and Percy Brown's. This will surely bri…
 
Recorded June 1, 2022 - During the 18th century, patterned silks were some of the costliest fabrics available. Hand-woven on complex drawlooms, patterned silks worn for dress could be highly decorative, featuring designs that changed not just yearly, but seasonally. With no large-scale weaving in the colonies, a select group of New Englanders imita…
 
Next Saturday, August 6, the park east of the railroad station with be transformed into “RiverFest Village”. It will be part of a broad offering of free family-friendly activities that will take place on both sides of the river. The historical society will be there to celebrate the history of the Connecticut River. An overview of the day and a litt…
 
Recorded June 21, 2022 - Fashion choices can tell us a lot about a person and the world they lived in, but did you know that historic textiles can also reveal hidden stories of ordinary people and how they made use of their material goods' economic and legal values? Historian Laura F. Edwards discusses her book Only the Clothes on Her Back: Clothin…
 
Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward return to the Giant's Despair Hill Climb for part 2 of "Bringing the Giant to Its Knees". In this episode of Fireside History Presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society, Mark and Mike talk about how the underground mine fire effected the race, the decline in popularity during the 1960's, how Oscar Koveles…
 
Recorded May 17, 2022 - Whether you're a sailor, a singer, or just a lover of New England lore, you'll love the ballads and broadsides featured in Bygone Ballads from Maine Vol.1--Songs of Ships & Sailors. Julia Lane & Fred Gosbee of Castlebay spent over a decade researching and found a wealth of songs, stories and folkways from the Celtic traditio…
 
It is golfing season and recently at the Brattleboro Country Club two tournaments were held, the Vermont Amateur and the BCC championship. The local championship has some history, and it is fitting that we take a look back at two premier golfers, Shawn Baker and Hugh Barber...由Brattleboro Historical Society
 
In 1949 the Brattleboro Maples semi-pro baseball team won the Northern League pennant. It was a team made up of major league "has-beens" and "never-weres". On the last day of the 70 game season they won the league by a few percentage points over the rival Montpelier team. Here's the story...由Brattleboro Historical Society
 
In 1920 a large portion of the Bradley farm north of the West River was purchased by the Windham County Cooperative Milk Producers Association. The Milk Producers Association purchased the 75 acre property and planned to build a milk plant on the sight. The milk plant was a cooperative effort of the dairy farmers in the area. Originally, 115 farmer…
 
In part 1, Mark Riccetti, Jr., and Michael Ward talked about the build up of Hurricane Agnes and devastation that hit Luzerne County on June 23, 1972. Fireside History Season 2 Episode 4 "Agnes at 50: Part 2" goes over what came next. From cleaning the mud, living in a trailer, the Flood Recovery Task Force, and the long term impact the flood had o…
 
In 2020 three middle school activists visited with the Town Manager to discuss the Civil War Soldiers' Monument. In 2022 a corrective bronze tablet will be added to the site to present a more comprehensive representation of those who fought and died for Brattleboro during the Civil War. Here's the story...…
 
June 23, 1972, is a day that many residents of the Wyoming Valley have burned into their memories. People evacuated, water rushed the streets, homes and businesses disappeared, and life was never the same. In episode 4 of season 2, Mark Riccetti, Jr., and Michael Ward take us on a journey of events leading up to and a timeline breakdown of what hap…
 
Henry and Janet Schroeder moved to Ginseng Hill in West Brattleboro in the 1950’s. He was an accomplished scientific researcher and she was an accomplished sculptor. By happenstance a litter of rats at the Schroeder laboratory would help change the world of science. Here's the story...由Brattleboro Historical Society
 
One of the world's most famous opera singers grew up on South Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre. She wasn't famous for being a good opera singer, however. In season 2 episode 3 of Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward discuss the life and legacy of Florence Foster Jenkins. Hear an act…
 
Recorded April 26, 2022 - Between 1783 â�� 1850, the newly constituted United States emerged as a fragile, internally divided union of states contending with European empires and other independent republics on the North American continent. Native peoples sought to defend their homelands from the flood of American settlers; the system of American sl…
 
1900 Valley Fair in Brattleboro...30 year old Jessie Tarbox Beals took photos for the Vermont Phoenix and the Windham County Reformer. The Reformer published her name with the photos and, according to photography historian Alexander Alland, Sr., Beals became the first recognized female photojournalist in the United States. This is the story...…
 
Recorded April 13, 2022 - Dress codes are as old as clothing itself. For centuries, clothing has been a wearable status symbol; fashion, a weapon in struggles for social change; and dress codes, a way to maintain political control. Even in todayâ��s more informal world, dress codes still determine what we wear, when we wear it, and what our clothin…
 
In episode 2 of season 2 of Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward talk about how the ship of dreams became a nightmare for passengers with a Luzerne County connection. The Thomas's, the Frauenthal's, and a newlywed couple were on their way to Wilkes-Barre when the R.M.S. Titanic hit…
 
In 1955 the Clark Farm was purchased in order to secure a spot for the Living Memorial Park. A plan for the development of the 53 acre recreation area off Guilford Street progressed through the year. The Recreation Board stressed the need for a swimming pool as soon as possible, as “the present facility at the West River is unreliable, uneconomical…
 
How does a Russian astronomer name an asteroid after a Brattleboro native? Why is a crater on the far side of the moon named after the same man? Listen to the story of how Edwin B Frost became a leading astrophysicist in the last century...由Brattleboro Historical Society
 
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