Only 3 Weeks until Christmas at Eckley is Here Again!
Join two of our own artists for some free entertainment and snacks this weekend!
1940’s Weekend is Almost Here!
See our Schedule of Events below for daily entertainment and activities!
Congratulations to Timothy Price, our Winter Wonderland Photo Contest Winner! We loved your use of photography techniques!
This is a reminder that the registration date for Girl Scout Day has been extended to March 17th. Keep in mind that if you register late, there is a chance you will not receive your badge until after the event. We hope to see you soon!
Attention Photo Enthusiasts!
There are only 5 days left until the conclusion of our Winter Wonderland Photo Contest! We are expecting a light snow shower tonight starting at 4 pm, so feel free to stop by after work or over the weekend to get those last minute photos! Hurry over…March 1st is right around the corner!
Register Now for Girl Scouts Day at Eckley!
2 Eckley Main Street
Weatherly, PA 18255
When—April 2nd, 12:00-4:00 pm
Cost—$8, includes the price of a fun badge that we provide and craft supplies (it is $10 per adult chaperone)
Come on out to Eckley to experience history first hand! A day at Eckley will include time for lunch (lunches are not included) a craft, a tour, and a scavenger hunt. Registration is required and you must register by March 4th, 2016. Please call the museum at 570-636-2070 for more information, or send us an e-mail at email@example.com!
We want to thank everyone who came out and braved the cold to participate in our Haunted Halloween Lantern Tour program! Our average weekend visitor attendance for the last five years was 582. This past weekend we saw over 770, in addition to over 100 volunteers. What a great turn out! This event is an important fundraiser for our organization, so the fact that it was that successful was very exciting. We hope to see everyone back again!
Halloween Tour Guides Needed!
If you are interested in giving Haunted Lantern Tours and would like to volunteer, please contact Eckely Miners’ Village ASAP! We are still looking for guides for October 16th and 17th, as well as the 23rd and 24th. You can call us at (570) 636-2070, let us know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or message our facebook page!
2015 Walking Tour Season
Eckley Miners’ Village Museum’s 2015 walking tour season began on Memorial Day weekend.
On a walking tour, our knowledgeable Eckley volunteers and re-enactors share information about the village’s history, immigrant residents, and the village’s utilization during the filming of Paramount Studio’s The Molly Maguires, starring Sean Connery and Richard Harris. With every walking tour, our visitors travel back in time and see the interiors of homes and community buildings in the anthracite village, witnessing to daily settings of miners’ families.
Tours of the village are available by reservation to groups of 10 or more by reservation only- (570) 636-2070. Group rates are subject to change.
Congratulations to Eckley’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year!
Margie has been an active volunteer at Eckley for nearly nine years. Starting as an Eckley Player, she quickly showed an interest in the work of the Eckley Associate Board and was nominated to a seat in 2010. In 2011 she accepted the seats of Board Secretary and Vice President, before assuming the presidency in 2012.
In 2014, Margie was particularly active as the Board’s President. She went above and beyond the seat’s expectations, investing her time, effort and energy into all aspects of the Associates’ events for the benefit of the museum. From cooking pounds of halushki for the museum’s 3rd Annual 1940s Swing Dance to cleaning artifacts in the museum houses, and shopping for supplies to running the monthly volunteer meetings, Margie rolled up her sleeves and was active in all aspects of the year’s functions to make sure everything ran smoothly.
The Associates are very appreciative of all the work Margie did to contribute to a successful 2014, and are eager to see what contributions she will make in the years to come as a dedicated Eckley Board member. Saying “Thank you, Margie!” does not seem like enough, but thank you, Margie, for being a model volunteer!
Free Close-to-Home Outdoor Fun and Fitness for All!
Keystone Active Zone Passport starts Saturday, April 25
Luzerne County: Starting Saturday, April 25, people of all ages and abilities will have a fun, easy way to get outside and active all over Luzerne County with the Keystone Active Zone Passport; a free program that anyone can use to explore the county’s close-to-home parks, trails and outdoor events. The passport lists 30 “Stops” that offer more than 50 opportunities to enjoy free, outdoor fun and adventure within a 10 to 60 minute drive of almost anywhere in Luzerne County. Passport participants earn awards and chances to win prizes as they visit stops and find the answers to each stop’s unique scavenger hunt question. Prominently featured is the D & L Trail, the 165 mile long, multi-county trail that starts in Wilkes-Barre and follows the journey that anthracite coal traveled from mine to market in Philadelphia, with many stops telling a piece of this historic story. From family friendly bike rides to rugged trail hikes, river festivals to quiet nature preserves, downtown walking tours to spectacular state parks, there is something for everyone to enjoy and discover with the Keystone Active Zone Passport.
To participate, visit the website: www.KAZpassport.org register and download a passport. Visit as many stops as you choose, find the answers to the stops’ questions, then log your answers on the website to earn awards and chances to win great prizes. For every 5 stops visited and successfully logged participants earn awards that support active living such as free skating passes to the ice rink at the Toyota Sportsplex at CoalStreet Park. The more stops visited, the greater the chances of winning prizes such as family days at Montage Mountain; whitewater and kayak excursions; bicycle gift certificates, camping weekends and more. The program runs from Saturday, April 25th to the end of September 2015 and you can start anytime.
Anthracite Heritage Museum Features New Exhibition on Anthracite Coal Mining Photography of Scott D. Herring
Scranton — The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum will feature a new exhibition entitled: “The Hardcoal Chronicles 40th Anniversary 1973-2013” on the anthracite coal mining photography of Scott D. Herring. The exhibition will open on Saturday, August 16, 2014, with a reception and refreshments from noon to 4 p.m., and remain in place through June 30, 2015. The event is included with regular admission for the Museum’s main exhibit, Anthracite People: Immigration & Ethnicity in Pennsylvania’s Hard Coal Region, and all temporary exhibitions.
The Hardcoal Chronicles that Mr. Herring has produced has generated a body of work of over 162,000 images. The 40th Anniversary exhibition represents a selection of this impressive collection. Scott Herring considers his photography as an endeavor to preserve the rich culture and history of the anthracite region of northeastern Pennsylvania. His regional title over the past quarter century is known as “the last anthracite photographer.”
The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum is located in McDade Park, off Keyser Avenue, in Scranton (Exits 182 or 191-B off I-81, and Exit 122, Keyser Avenue, from I-476). The museum is open each Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, noon to 5 pm. For more information or directions, call (570) 963-4804 or visit www.anthracitemuseum.org.
The Anthracite Heritage Museum is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in partnership with the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates.
The Anthracite Heritage Museum is one of 25 historic sites and museums administered by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History®. For more information, visit www.PATrailsofHistory.com.
Media contact: Chester Kulesa, (570) 963-4804
Eckley Receives Surprise Donation From Luzerne Foundation
Eckley Miners’ Village and the Eckley Miners’ VIllage Associates are very pleased to announce the museum and historic site was the recipient of one of the Luzerne Foundation’s $1000 20/20 Giveaways.
On April 22, 2014, Foundation President Charles Barber and Board Member Alexander Sloot visited Eckley and presented Margaret Bogash, President of the Eckley Miners’ Village Associates, and Bode Morin, Eckley Site Administrator, with the award. Mr. Barber remarked that there are many deserving charities and nonprofits in the county, but the work of the museum and its associates is very important to preserving and interpreting the heritage of the region, especially at a time when we continue to lose important historic landmarks.
Representatives of Eckley attended the foundation’s Non-profit 20/20 Vision Forum on March 26, giving a short presentation about its current goals and challenges. Two weeks later, Charles Barber called the museum and asked for a special meeting to discuss historic preservation and Eckley’s goals.
While the intended meeting was a positive indication, Bode Morin said that, at the time, he had no idea the foundation would come to Eckley and present such a gift.
“We are very pleased and grateful to be recognized for our historical and preservation work in the region, especially during times of financial cutbacks,” Dr. Morin said. “This gift is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our staff, associates, and especially our volunteers who give tirelessly to our community and ask for no recognition of special attention in return. We have several ongoing projects that the award can be applied to, and we will discuss the possibilities at our next board meeting.”
The Luzerne Foundation gave away $1000 per day for 20 business days to county nonprofits in celebration of its 20th anniversary.
Photo: Front row (l-r) Alexander Sloot- Luzerne Foundation, Maragret Bogash- President of the Eckley Miners’ Village Associates, Bode Morin- Eckley Site Administrator, Barbara Tulanowski- Eckley Board, Emma Tulanowski, and Charles Barber- President and CEO of the Luzerne Foundation. Back row (l-r) Eckley volunteers Gina Gibbon, Mary Grace DiGennale, Mary Anne Morgans, James Gidosh, Mark Prime, Georgia Nause, Sandy Myers, Sandy Pishko, and Bob Zimmerman. Photo by Donna Buchanan, EMVM.