SCRANTON, PA – The Lackawanna Historical Society is pleased to be hosting the Pennsylvania Historical Association’s Annual Meeting in Scranton on October 12-14. This year’s theme, “Public Histories of the Mid-Atlantic,” will explore the many ways in which the public engages with the past.

The PHA advocates and advances knowledge about the history and culture of Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region, because understanding how the past informs the present helps us shape a better future.

The conference will present eighteen panels of academics and history professionals, discussing everything from organized crime in Pennsylvania to preserving the history of African Americans.

Keynote presentations include “Stolen, Smuggled, Sold: How Cultural Objects Reveal Historical Events” with PHMC Chair Nancy Moses who will discuss her latest book; a dinner program at Steamtown National Historic Site with “Living Landscape Observer” Editor, and former coordinator of National Heritage Areas, Brenda Barrett who will present Public History in Action - Pennsylvania Style; and a concluding lunch program Dimensions of Philadelphia’s History by urban and social historian Roger Simon.

Free and open to the public: The conference will kick off on Thursday, October 12 at 7:30 pm with an opening keynote, “World War I: From the Trenches to the Coal Seams” at the 5th Floor Heritage Room of the University of Scranton’s Weinberg Memorial Library.

The program will discuss a new exhibit by the Lackawanna Historical Society and University of Scranton Archives and Special Collections focusing on the WWI experiences of Lackawanna County, both on the battlefield and the home front.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit the PHA website at Special rates are available for members of the Lackawanna Historical Society.