#110 100 Years Ago in Clarks Summit
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 20 Time: Noon
From 1889 until 1925, Clarks Summit had many changes that established what the borough is today. Dennis Martin will take you from the establishment of the first high school in the area, the coming of the Northern Electric, the establishment of the borough, the rebuilding of the Lackawanna Railroad through town, the creation of the Lackawanna Trail, the first election open to women and the building of the new high school, many aspects of what we think of as Clarks Summit came into existence.
#111 Embattled Freedom: Waverly and the Underground Railroad
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 27 Time: Noon
At one time in the history of our area, runaway slaves moved secretly through Waverly homes that were part of the Underground Railroad. The abolitionist era brought conflict between white supremacists who ruled the region and the whites who supported abolition and worked to provide the fugitive slaves with safety, work, land and even education. This narrative, developed by speaker Jim Remsen who was born in Waverly, details the complex history of the remarkable yet little-understood “Colored Hill” settlement, its white supporters and its thirteen black fathers and sons who fought bravely in the Civil War. Mr. Remsen’s extensive research ties these local narratives in with events and attitudes of other towns in the Lackawanna Valley at that time.
#112 Brain Boot Camp
Date: Every second Wednesday Oct. 4, 18, Nov. 1, 15 Time: Noon
Work your brain in stress- free noon sessions. Bring your friends and join in word games, puzzles, trivia, vocab challenges, and all kinds of mind boggling activities that will wake up those brain cells and make them work! We’ll add some “good ole competition” to make the meeting lively. Don’t skip the yoga or Pilates, but add this class to your schedule and keep your mind in shape too.
#113 Genealogy 101
Date: Wednesday, October 11 Time: Noon
For how long have you been meaning to do some research into your family and background? Like all of us, you probably mean to, but just haven’t gotten to it. This class will help. Maureen Gray, president of the Genealogy Center in our area, will guide class in the steps needed to research a family tree and a pedigree chart. Each participant will receive a folder with materials needed to continue research. Miss Gray will bring several artifacts and samples from her own research that will help explain the research process.
#114 A War in Letters
Date: Wednesday, October 25 Time: Noon
Mary Beth Voda chronicles the battle for Iwo Jima as seen through the letters of two combatants: US Marine Pfc Tom Kennedy and Japanese commander, Gen. T. Kuribayashi. Although enemies, these shared a love of family and sense of duty to country.