- Donate Today!
- Online Gift Shop
This is your invitation to visit the Main Museum in Honesdale soon!
The Wayne County Historical Society announces that the Main Museum and Research Library, 810 Main Street, Honesdale, will reopen to the public beginning 11:00 am, Saturday, May 22, 2021. All Covid-19 guidelines will be in place. Face masks and social distancing will be enforced. As WCHS takes this big step in reopening, the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and museum visitors will continue to be our first priority.
For the remainder of 2021, the Main Museum and Research Library will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. Also, appointments to do research in the Research Library can be scheduled by phoning 570-253-3240, Ext.4.
Museum visitors will find two wonderful new exhibits. Threads of Our Lives is a major gathering of local pieces created using quilting, weaving, candlewicking and other art forms in which threads and fabrics are used by the makers.
WCHS holds an impressive collection of textile pieces which have been donated by members of our community, and the display of these art forms will be a visual feast! The exhibit includes textile examples from the Civil War era to the present.
The second new exhibit is History of Wayne County’s Independent Pharmacies. The original research on this topic has never been compiled before, and volunteer Sally Talaga, who is a trained pharmacist herself, is documenting this important industry and curating this exhibit. Pharmaceutical items including little glass bottles that long ago held pills and liquid remedies will be on display.
The names and biographies of local pharmacists will be included. This exhibit is WCHS’ way of saying “Thank You” to the front-line workers at our hospitals, doctors’ offices and nursing facilities during the pandemic. How blessed we are to have so many capable and caring people in our community!
The ongoing exhibits which include Movin’ Energy and the full-scale replica of the Stourbridge Lion are being polished for your visit. Other exhibits that are perennial favorites are Faces in Clay which features Native American objects from the Upper Delaware River Valley, and Wayne County’s Glass Industry with amazing pieces of brilliant cut glass made or decorated in Wayne County.
The Children’s History Lab has hands-on stations for children of all ages, and is waiting for children to laugh and play in its creative exhibits once again.
Plan a visit now to see what’s new at the Honesdale museum, and get reacquainted with Wayne County!