"City Drinking Fountain, Carbondale, Pa." This drinking fountain for horses was located in the center of the intersection of North Main Street and Lincoln Avenue.
In 1951, the City of Carbondale celebrated the centennial of the incorporation of the City on March 15, 1851 with a week-long celebration, featuring several street parades, all with a wide variety of floats. In the photograph shown here, we see a D&H steam locomotive pulling a Gravity Railroad passenger coach down Main Street.
2017 Historical Society Membership Campaign now underway. To renew your membership in the Society for 2017, click on "Membership" at the head of the webpage. Select the level of membership that you wish to register for, and fill out the membership form there.
To continue to do all that we do for the community, we need the membership support of many people. Please help to continue our work on behalf of Carbondale's past, present and future.
Mason Jars: Among the many remarkable items in the holdings of the Historical Society are many home canning jars from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including some remarkable green jars from the mid-nineteenth century. These jars have all come from houses in the Carbondale area.
Carbondale Historical Society Members, 2017
1. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Williams, Carbondale
2. Nancy Hollenback, Greenfield Township, PA
3. Hendrick Manufacturing Company, Carbondale
c/o Kathy Saslo
4. Ben Franklin High School Class of 1961 and
Saint Rose High School, Class of 1961
Courtesy of Ronald Konosky
5. Carbondale Chapter of UNICO National
"Service above Self"
c/o Yvonne Gatto
6. Pierre Mancuso, Carbondale
7, Attorney and Mrs. Fred Moase and family, Carbondale
8. Attorney and Mrs. Jeffrey Nepa and family, Carbondale
9. Marie P. Greto, Carbondale
10. Mary C. Zlobl, New Bern, NC
11. Chris Wade and family, Dickson City, PA
12. Marjanie P. Hellman, Carbondale
13. Jeffrey Davis, Naches, WA
14. Nancy Moran, Port Orange, FL
15. Anthony Di Marino, Massapequa Park, NY
16. Edward J. Spall, Manassas, VA Corporate Member
17. Mary Parise Tomaine, Carbondale, and Madison, Alabama
18, Gloria A. Wilson, Waymart, PA
19. Leo B. Burke, Vestal, NY
A View of the Park
On a recent afternoon, I visited Dr. S. Robert Powell at the Carbondale
Historical Society and Museum on the third floor of Carbondale City Hall.
Walking through the exhibition galleries, where so many artifacts are so
proudly displayed, I was filled with nostalgia. It was exciting to see the
memorabilia of the many stores that were a big part of our lives. Do you
remember Fulkerson's Music store, on Salem Avenue? Cramer’s
Photography Studio on Main Street? The Elite at the Park?
As I looked at Memorial Park, out of the third floor windows of City
Building, I smiled when I saw the monuments, one of which my dad helped
to dedicate. Over the years, the Park has maintained its peaceful and quaint
look and along with the City Building remains the centerpiece of our small
town. In my youth, Main Street was always filled with pedestrian traffic but
on this sunny day, the sidewalks were empty.
I was born in Carbondale and raised on Lincoln Avenue, in a home my
grandfather built in 1927. Both my husband and I are graduates of Benjamin
Franklin High School but like so many of our contemporaries, we left our
hometown for college and to establish careers.
Because we have built a retirement home in the area, we are fortunate to
spend time in our beloved hometown. Looking at the park that day, I
wondered what I could do to help maintain our heritage. What could people
who are non-residents do to support the efforts already established by the
Carbondale Historical Society? What about the residents of Carbondale?
Your membership is fundamental to keeping the Society viable. If you have
not yet renewed your membership for 2016, I encourage you to do so. If you
are not certain if you have renewed, Dr. Powell has supplied a list of current
2016 members. Please see below.
What could I do as a part time resident? The answer came through clearly as
I spent time with Dr. Powell-- -- volunteer, get involved in creating a new
vision for Carbondale, learn more about our shared history, visit the
museum. The enthusiasm among the members of the Chamber of
Commerce and the City Building is contagious. Those citizens are working
vigorously to revitalize the spirit of Carbondale but it can't be done without
the support and encouragement of not only the residents of our town but
those of us who are non-residents as well.
For your convenience, membership can be renewed via the Historical
Society's webpage: www.carbondalepahistorical.org. Click on "Membership"
Please consider a membership to the Carbondale Historical Society and
Museum (if you are not already a member) or contact the Society (570-282-
0385) to get on the Volunteer Schedule. It is one small thing but it will make
a huge difference.
Mary Parise Tomaine
Welcome to the new and improved Carbondale Historical Society website! Please bear with us as we migrate to the 21st Century and update this site with all of our archived content from our old site as well as provide new content for you to enjoy.
The Carbondale Historical Society and Museum is located on the third floor ofhistoric Carbondale City Hall and Courthouse in Carbondale, PA. The building, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is located at One North Main Street.
The first public meeting of the Historical Society, founded in October of 1974 by a group of six Carbondale Area school teachers, was held in January of 1975. On November 6, 1982, the Historical Society and the Committee to Restore Carbondale City Hall merged to form the Carbondale Historical Society and Museum, which was incorporated on March 15, 1983.
The Carbondale Historical Society and Museum is an educational and historical membership organization whose mission is to record, gather, and preserve the history of the city of Carbondale and the surrounding area. Through its genealogical and local history research center and exhibition galleries on the third floor of Carbondale City hall (listed in the National Register of Historic Places on January 6, 1983, through the efforts of the Society) and through an annual series of public lectures, programs, exhibitions, and commemorative ceremonies, in the community and in the public schools, the Society, at the same time, interprets and makes accessible to the public the City's rich, diverse, and unique history and heritage. The Carbondale Historical Society and Museum is committed to the central values of (1) maintaining the highest possible standards in all its endeavors, (2) providing excellent service to the public at all times, and (3) demonstrating leadership and innovation in the field of local history.
The Society's research room and exhibition galleries are open from 1 - 5 P.M., Monday through Friday, and by appointment. Given the fact that we are an all-volunteer organization, it is always a good idea to phone ahead (570-282-0385 or email email@example.com) to make sure that someone will be at the Society when you arrive. This is especially important if you're traveling from out of town to Carbondale to do research.