Swansea Valley Celebration Male Choir
50 Voices in Concert promoting local talent and heritage
Carbondale, October 15, 2018: Côr Dathlu Cwmtawe Male Choir from the Swansea Valleys of Wales reprises their inspiring 2015 concert tour of NEPA. Sponsored by the Carbondale Historical Society, there are 5 US concerts scheduled beginning in Carbondale, October 28th. The choir brings the gifts of song, heritage, and tradition from the Swansea valleys to the communities that the Welsh helped create through coal, iron, and culture.
The Carbondale Historical Society, led by Dr. S. Robert Powell, a serious contributor to regional research, has recently published the last 4 volumes of a 24 volume, 10,000 page history of the D & H Canal Co. Gravity Railroad. Sponsoring concerts by a Welsh choir from the Swansea Valleys adds an entertaining cultural dimension to the society’s accomplishments that is historically appropriate. Ninety Welsh families were recruited here in the 1830’s to mine coal. Scranton and Bethlehem recruited Welsh iron masters from the Swansea area to start that industry. Along with the technology, the tradition of choirs became a large part of NEPA culture for over 100 years.
The tour of 2015 saw local High School choirs being invited to sing with the Welsh choir. A tradition of intergenerational mentoring by Welsh choristers, many of whom are educators, had an international impact. The Valley View HS Voices of the Valley Choir was invited to tour Wales for two weeks in 2017. The talent that our students presented impressed both audiences and the top national Welsh choirs with whom they sang.
The Swansea Valley Choir will re-unite with Valley View students on October 30th and will welcome students from Old Forge and Western Wayne at concerts on the 28th and 29th.
· Carbondale Methodist Church, October 28th, 7PM
Special guest: Old Forge Elementary Choralaires
· Western Wayne HS, October 29th, 7Pm
Special guests: Western Wayne HS Marching Band
· Valley View HS, October 30th, 7PM
Special Guest: Voices of the Valley Choir
· Wilkes-Barre First Presbyterian Church, October 31st, 7PM
Pre-concert organ interlude by Dr. John Vaida
· Bethlehem Trinity Episcopal Church, Nov. 1st, 7PM
Helen Gibbon, Soprano. Kees Huysmans, Bass Baritone. Both are four time winners at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
Dr. David Lyn Rees, Accompanist. A Primary Care Physician, Dr. Rees has been an international choir accompanist since his youth.
Conway Morgan, Conductor, Organist, Arts Educator, Horse Breeder.
Ticket information: Carbondale Historical Society 570-282-0385
Facebook: CD Choir US Tour 2018
(Presale $15 ends 10/26, $20 at the door)
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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Matthew Levine - The Carbondale Report:
Friday, October 19, 2018
This is Matthew Levine, from The Carbondale Report, here to inform all of you about local happenings and events in the Pioneer City. We hope to see you at these events, so read on to find out more in this column!
Before I get into local happenings and events, I want to inform all of you about a book I am currently reading. It is called The Founding Foodies: How Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin Revolutionized American Cuisine, by David DeWitt. DeWitt’s book traces the history of colonial gastronomy in the United States, starting with the first English settler colony in Jamestown before proceeding to the era in which Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin lived. The book specifically analyzes aspects of the Founding Fathers’ culinary side, including Washington’s agricultural experiments at Mount Vernon, Jefferson’s travels in Europe, and Franklin’s celebrity status regarding his gastronomical palate; Franklin once declared that Native American hoecakes were finer than any Yorkshire pudding he’d ever eaten, and he proposed recognizing the turkey as our national bird instead of the bald eagle. This book also includes colonial-era recipes updated for twenty first-century palates; DeWitt’s study offers a little-explored side of our Founding Fathers’ history in the shaping of our country. I highly recommend it as a read to anyone with an interest in this.
Now, for some local events and happenings: on Sunday, October 28th, the Côr Dathlu Cwmtawe male choir from the Swansea Valleys of Wales will be giving a concert performance in Carbondale. This performance comprises part of a concert tour that includes five stops in Pennsylvania, including at the United Methodist Church in Carbondale (October 28th, at 7:00 P.M.), Western Wayne (October 29th, at 7:00 P.M.), and Valley View (October 30th, at 7:00 P.M.). If you like Welsh musical tunes, these performances are for you. Come out and support this talented musical choir!
The previous was a snippet of local events and happenings in Carbondale. 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