Carbondale was founded by William and Maurice Wurts. On March 15, 2019 the Carbondale Historical Society will celebrate the 168th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Carbondale on March 15, 1851 with a festive Birthday Dinner/Celebration. All interested persons are cordially invited to attend. Details on the dinner/celebration on March 15, 2019 will be be posted here.
Carbondale Historical Society and Museum, Inc.
Location: One North Main Street, Third Floor, Carbondale, PA 18407
Mailing Address: Post Office Box 151, Carbondale, PA 18407
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, noon to 5 P.M.; Saturday by appointment
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Carbondale Historical Society and Museum
Michele Bannon, Carbondale
John Bifano, Cape Coral, FL
Leo B. Burke, Vestal, NY
Joe Callahan, Dickinson, ND
Tom and Kitty Collins, Gaithersburg, MD
John Fagan, Carbondale
Sean Farber, Charlottesville, VA
John R. Hollenback, Greenfield Township, PA
Anthony Di Marino, Massapequa Park, NY
Trudy Gerlach, Wyalusing, PA
Judy Gretzula, Carbondale
John A. Gummo, Beech Creek, PA
Morton and Lucille Kubel, Easton, PA
Alan and Diane Kurlansky, Carbondale
Craig and Ellen Price Kutchmanich, Carbondale
Martin L. Langan, Greenfield Township, PA
Attorney Jeffrey & Mrs. Lisa Levine Family, Carbondale
Matthew Levine, Carbondale
Pierre Mancuso, Carbondale
Donald and Kimberly L. McCarthy and family, Carbondale
Attorney Fred Moase and family, Carbondale
Mary Monahan, Carbondale
Marty Mulholland, Hertford, NC
Vincent and Mary Lynn O’Bell, Olyphant, PA
Ann Marie Pettinato, Carbondale
Peter L. Pettinato, VMD, and family, Carbondale
S. Robert Powell, Carbondale
John and Mary Ellen Price, Carbondale
Carl Reichart, Honesdale, PA
Robert S. Ryczak, Bel Air, MD
Joe and Alice Scotchlas, Carbondale
Marie Gillette Speicher, Carbondale
Jason Smith, Honesdale, PA
Barbara and Joe Sprovkin, Lake Lorraine
Bob and Mary Tomaine, Crystal Lake
Susan Valentine, Alexandria, VA
Gloria A. Wilson, Waymart, PA
Michael Yavorosky, Hop Bottom, PA
Mary C. Zlobl, New Bern, NC
Matthew LevMatthew Levine - The Carbondale Report:
By Matthew Levine, February 8, 2019
This is Matthew Levine, here from The Carbondale Report, to inform all of you of events in the Pioneer City. We hope that you enjoy this week’s columns, so read on to find out about our offerings!
On Thursday, February 21st, 2019, the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 14th Annual Dinner, also known as its “Celebrating Progress Dinner.” The Dinner will be held at the Hotel Anthracite, on 25 S. Main Street, in downtown Carbondale. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m., with a Complimentary Cocktail Hour sponsored by the Hotel Anthracite, featuring passed hors d’oeuvres. Dinner will be an hour later, followed by the program’s beginning at 7:30 p.m. The featured guest speaker is Lynn Conrad, the Executive Director of Rails to Trails; her talk will be on the economic impact of trail towns. There are five 2019 GCCC recognitions that will be rewarded that night: Clifford Township, Johnson College, Pizza Guys of Carbondale, Rails to Trails, and the Hotel Anthracite. The choices for dinner include chicken saltimbocca, braised beef, a vegan entrée, and eggplant rollatini. Don’t miss this wonderful night! We hope to see all of you at this event!
I also have a few updates regarding my thesis. Since I am in another editing process, I am rewriting my chapters, this time on a weekly basis; I have tighter deadlines, in other words. These deadlines are ambitious, yes, but they should serve their purpose. Also, my advisor seemed happy with the second component to my thesis argument (that anti-Catholicism had three dimensions to it - theological, political, and historical), so that gives me confidence, too.
The previous was a snippet of events and happenings in the Pioneer City, as well as some important thesis updates. Once again, please check out our next column for more exciting events and happenings!
Pennsylvania Coal Company Gravity Railroad
There were two "Gravity" railroads in northeastern Pennsylvania in the nineteenth century: the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company's Gravity Railroad from Carbondale to Honesdale, and the Pennsylvania Coal Company's Gravity Railroad from Pittston to Hawley.
The article given below is about the presentation that Dr. Powell gave on April 22nd at White Mills, PA, on the Pennsylvania Coal Company's Gravity Railroad. This talk, which was very well attended and very well received, was a part of the annual Tom Kennedy Local History Festival.
Genealogical and/or historical research requests must be received by the Historical Society through one of the research request options offered under "Research Services." Genealogical and/or historical research requests that are sent to the Historical Society's email address can not be processed appropriately by the Society.
For general research not related to genealogical items, select Research Option #6.
"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.
2018 Historical Society Membership Campaign: To renew your membership in the Society for 2018, 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.
Carbondale Historical Society Members, 2018
1. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Williams, Carbondale
2. Nancy and John 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
20. Patti Morrell, Carbondale
21. Ann Marie Pettinato, Carbondale
22. Sean P. McGraw, Esquire, Carbondale
23. Frank Moro, Waymart, PA
24. Thomas and Ellen Farrell, Carbondale
25. Neal and Susan Davis, Carbondale
26. Benjamin Schnessel, Esquire, Carbondale
27. McGovern Insurance Agency, Carbondale
28. John J. Price, Carbondale
29. Dan, Eliza, Sarah, and Anna Totsky, Carbondale
30. John M. Coleman, Esquire, Pasadena, CA
31. Tony Mickloiche, Carbondale
32. Alex Kelly family, Carbondale
33. S. Robert Powell, Carbondale
34. Marie and Charlie Speicher, Carbondale
35. Barbara A. Campbell, Archbald, PA
36. Kevin L. Tomaine, Alexandria, VA
37. Dawn Bentley, Mitchellville, IA
38. John Bifano, Cape Coral, FL
39. John Fagan, San Francisco, CA
40. John Fagan, Greenfield Twp, PA
41. Anne Maleskey Rose, Merritt Island, FL
42. Joan Chellino, Carbondale
43. Mazza Linen, Carbondale
44. Joseph P. C. Surace, MGySgt. USMC (Ret.), Meridian, ID
45. Carl Reichart & Jason Smith, Honesdale, PA
46. Ben Franklin High School, Class of 1951
47. Russell Bonacci, Paoli, PA
(age 90; grew up in Carbondale; visited Historical Society on July 27, 2017)
48. Matthew Levine, Carbondale
49. Jeffrey & Lisa Levine, Carbondale
50. Delores Levine, Carbondale
51. Aaron Levine, Philadelphia, PA
52. Joe Callahan, ND
53. Tony Mickloiche, Carbondale
54. Judy Gretzula, Carbondale