Gettysburg 150th: Luzerne Lackawanna Co. History

Published 07/04 2013 07:26PM

Updated 07/04 2013 06:14PM

Many men from Northeastern Pennsylvania fought and died during the Battle of Gettysburg. The Luzerne County Historical Society is featuring an exhibit that honors those from the area who took part in the three day battle. Mary Ruth Burke is the Curator of the Exhibit- she explained the role of those from Luzerne County who gave their lives on the battlefield in 1863. Attorney Steve Killian had two family members involved in the Civil War. Killian is a Civil War historian. Killian's greaat grandfather entered the war at age 15 -taking the place of an older soldier who did not want to go to war.
In Lackawanna County- The   Civil War Museum is located in the lower level of Scranton City Hall. Joseph Long Junior is curator of the museum. The day Eyewitness News stopped by a group of students from North Pocono Middle School were there on a tour. The teens were very impressed with the artifacts on display. They were able to hold cannon balls and got a taste of snack (Water and Flour) that was popular with the soldiers during the civil war. Long told us the tour gives the young people a chance to touch history and it is something that will stay with them the rest of their lives
Both the Lackawanna County Civil War museum and the Luzerne County Historical society have impressive collections. They are inviting everyone to stop and experience

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