Wyoming County, Pennsylvania
In 1762 settlers from New England came to the Wyoming Valley, but were driven out by the Indians. It was not until after the Sullivan expedition in 1779 that families were able to establish a permanent settlement in the Tunkhannock area. In 1842, Wyoming County was created from part of Luzerne County. The name “Wyoming” is derived from an Indian word meaning “extensive meadows.” With its glistening streams, gently rolling hills and tranquil valleys, Wyoming County is undoubtedly one of Pennsylvania’s most scenic counties. With a history and heritage running as wide and deep as the Susquehanna River that crosses its pastoral fields and meadows, the Wyoming County Historical Society was organized to make this information available to the public.
Located in the old brick school building in the County Seat of Tunkhannock, the library offers a major source of research material to the public. The collection includes numerous books on New England ancestry, newspapers dating back to 1797 and census records for Wyoming and surrounding counties from 1790 to 1930. Also on file are records for over 90 area cemeteries as well as various other information about local history.
Historical items from Wyoming County and surrounding areas are on display and include a collection of Indian artifacts as well as numerous items from the Civil War, World Wars I & II. Dr. Walter Tewksbury’s 1900 bronze Olympic Medal along with the displays of toys, tools and household items are of special interest to visitors of the museum.