Fireside History presented by Luzerne County Historical Society

Fireside History presented by Luzerne County Historical Society

Luzerne County Historical Society Director of Operations and Programs and Museum Curator, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Wilkes-Barre Area School District Social Studies teacher and former Luzerne County Historical Society board member, Michael Ward, discuss some well known and never heard of topics about the rich and full history of Luzerne County. Become a Patron! https://patron.podbean.com/firesidehistory Shop on Amazon https://amzn.to/3wruyRn

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August 30, 2022 61 min

Hop on the bus and head in to town with Mark Riccetti, Jr., and Michael Ward in season 2 episode 6 of Fireside History Presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society! Mark and Mike get nostalgic about some of the downtown Wilkes-Barre stores of the past such as, Lazarus, Pomeroy's, Fowler, Dick, & Walker, and Percy Brown's. This will surely bring up memories for our listeners. Thank you to the Luzerne County Bar Ass...

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Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward return to the Giant's Despair Hill Climb for part 2 of "Bringing the Giant to Its Knees". In this episode of Fireside History Presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society, Mark and Mike talk about how the underground mine fire effected the race, the decline in popularity during the 1960's, how Oscar Koveleski dominated the race in the 1970's, and what the race is like no...

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In part 1, Mark Riccetti, Jr., and Michael Ward talked about the build up of Hurricane Agnes and devastation that hit Luzerne County on June 23, 1972. Fireside History Season 2 Episode 4 "Agnes at 50: Part 2" goes over what came next. From cleaning the mud, living in a trailer, the Flood Recovery Task Force, and the long term impact the flood had on where people lived, worked, and even shopped, was discussed by fireside in ...

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June 23, 1972, is a day that many residents of the Wyoming Valley have burned into their memories. People evacuated, water rushed the streets, homes and businesses disappeared, and life was never the same. In episode 4 of season 2, Mark Riccetti, Jr., and Michael Ward take us on a journey of events leading up to and a timeline breakdown of what happened that day on Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society...

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One of the world's most famous opera singers grew up on South Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre. She wasn't famous for being a good opera singer, however. In season 2 episode 3 of Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward discuss the life and legacy of Florence Foster Jenkins. Hear an actual aria from the collection and compare the Florence who grew up in Northeas...

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In episode 2 of season 2 of Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward talk about how the ship of dreams became a nightmare for passengers with a Luzerne County connection. The Thomas's, the Frauenthal's, and a newlywed couple were on their way to Wilkes-Barre when the R.M.S. Titanic hit an Iceberg in April of 1912. Sit by the Fireside and listen to their stories...

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Everyone knows Mr. Peanut. But, did you know Mr. Peanut was born in Wilkes-Barre? From a small cart on Public Square to the global brand it is now, Planters Peanuts owes its success to an Italian immigrant who came to Luzerne County. Join Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward by the fireside and listen to the season 2 premiere, "The Nutty World of Amedeo Obici and Planters Peanuts."

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One year since the first episode, Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society is going strong. In episode 12, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward talk about influential African Americans and their contributions to the Wyoming Valley. Hear the stories of American Revolutionary soldier Gershom Prince, businessman Samuel Wright, former diplomat John Henry Smythe, community activist Blanche Wright Morris, artist...

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For miners, sometimes going down the mineshaft meant, they were not coming back. In episode 11 of Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward talk about disasters in the Twin Shafts, Avondale, Sheppton, and Baltimore mines.

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Did you ever play at Hollenback Golf Course? Have you ever driven down Dorrance Street in Kingston? Do you know the story of the NEPA version of Ben Franklin? We have all heard the stories about the Fell House. In this episode of Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward discuss Matthias Hollenback, Charles Dorrance, Jacob Cist, and Jesse Fell. 

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In Episode 9 of Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward discuss how Luzerne County prepared for WWI. From the fears of the residents in Luzerne County to the outpouring of patriotism, issues from a war across an ocean, were right here in our own backyard. 

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In Episode 8 of Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward discuss some of the most famous breweries in Luzerne County. From Stegmaier to Lion to Bartel’s to E. Robinson’s Sons and current local craft breweries, you will be taken on a historical beer tour of Luzerne County. As Ben Franklin said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

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Do you have memories of going to Hanson's Amusement Park in the summer? Did you ride the Laurel Line up to Rocky Glen Park? Can you remember the name of the garbage eating pig from Angela Park? Was attending shows at San Souci Park part of your teen years? If so, Episode 7 of Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society is for you! Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward talk about some of the summer activiti...

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The Giants Despair Hillclimb has been a tradition in Luzerne County for over 100 years. Do you know when it was started? Have you heard about some of the best drivers from all over the world that competed in the race? Ever been curious as to how the hill got the the name "Giants Despair"? In this episode of Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward take a look b...

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A battle of the American Revolution was fought in Luzerne County. In a place that many of us have gone by hundreds of times in our lives. On this episode of Fireside History presented by the Luzerne County Historical Society, Mark Riccetti, Jr., and Michael Ward, discuss the days leading up to and the massacre that was the Battle of Wyoming.

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Global pandemics are nothing new. Typhoid, Scarlet Fever, Smallpox, and the Spanish Flu all hit Luzerne County. In this episode of Fireside History, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward discuss how people of the Wyoming Valley dealt with these epidemics and how it all sounds quite similar to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Everyone has probably driven past the Swetland Homestead on Wyoming Avenue in Wyoming. Have you ever wondered who lived in the home? On this episode of Fireside History, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward talk about Luke, Belding, and William Swetland, along with their relative, Payne Pettebone and the impact they had on Luzerne County. 

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Have you heard the story of a young girl kidnapped by Native Americans? Do you know who the first woman elected to Wilkes-Barre Area School Board was? Do you know the two women of Luzerne County who fought for the rights of Breaker Boys and stood up the mafia? How about the first executive director of the Luzerne County Historical Society? In this episode of Fireside History, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward answer all of these ...

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There is a Gildersleeve street in Wilkes-Barre, but do you know why? Hint; it has to do with the Underground Railroad. In the first episode of Fireside History, Mark Riccetti, Jr. and Michael Ward discuss William Camp Gildersleeve and his life dedicated to helping free slaves.

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