Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Does anyone know his story?


The photo above is Civil War veteran Samuel N. Callender in his Ezra Griffin Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Post 139 uniform.
I have always been interested in the stories behind these pictures and was wondering if anyone knows his story.  Where did he live? Where did he serve in the Civil War? According to one source he lived in Scranton in 1900, but if you can verify this, please comment as I am sure other reader's will be as interested as myself. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

New Collections Scheduled for Release

Two new LVDA collections are scheduled for release in the coming months. First, in October, is Rising Waters: The Devastation and Aftermath of Hurricane Diane which will feature photographs, articles, video interviews, and TV footage from the flood that devasted Northeastern Pennsylvania in August 1955. Then, in January of 2013, we have The History of the Community Medical Center which will contains photographs, scrapbooks, and other historical information from this storied health care provider.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A View of Reference

As a Reference Librarian I always love to look at old pictures of public library Reference Departments.  In this case its my own.  This photo comes from the History of the Scranton Public Library archive.  Last week there was a post of the circulation desk and this week a look at the Scranton Public Library Reference Room.  Based on the style of hat the woman is wearing I believe we may be looking at the 1920s or early 30s.  I would like to point out that while the chairs aren't here anymore one of the tables can still be found in the department.  If you are in Scranton or live in the area please come into the library its an architectural gem!!