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Thursday, May 17
Rick Smith
“The Sinking of the Lusitania”
Rick will discuss the facts and political fallout from the torpedoing of the ocean liner Lusitania on May 7, 1915 off the cost of Ireland, which contributed to the U.S. entry into World War I.

Smith is a local historian and Pocono native who graduated from Pocono Mountain High School in 1971, and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wilkes University. Rick retired from Sanofi Pasteur in Swiftwater in 2016 after 44 years of service. During that time, he also served as a Pocono Mountain School director for 23 years. He and his wife, Kelley, live in Jackson Township.

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Thursday, June 21
Bill Lowenburg
“Every Picture Tells a Story: Historical Photographs from Monroe Country”
Photographer, author, and former history teacher Bill Lowenburg will present a selection of photographs from the Monroe County Historical Association collection. Bill’s commentary will range from the historical and social context of the images to their composition and value as story starters. Several old cameras will also be presented and compared to modern digital cameras. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

Lowenburg is the author of “Crash Burn Love,” a look at demolition derbies through photographs and essays. His photographs and articles have been published in Top Gear, London Telegraph, International Journal of Photography, Popular Photography, and other international publications.

Bill studied with Larry Fink and has taught graduate photography classes at Wilkes University. He is also the author of
"The Zorki Chronicles," a novel whose narrator is a young photographer.

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Thursday, July 19
Kendrick Bisset
“Phoebe Snow: Who (or What) Was She?”
More than 100 years ago, the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad became well known by its advertisements featuring “Phoebe Snow,” an advertising character who stretched the role of women at the time by traveling alone.

Kendrick will explain how Phoebe Snow came to be, how she disappeared during World War I, and then returned before World War II. He will display papers, pamphlets, pictures, books, and postcards documenting Phoebe’s history from 1900 to the present, show advertisements associated with Phoebe Snow, and share behind-the-scenes stories.

Kendrick Bisset is a retired railroad signal engineer and coauthor of “Introduction to North American Railway Signaling.” His love of railroads started by age 4 with his first American Flyer train set (even though he was in England at the time). Kendrick feels very fortunate that his life work and his hobby have been so closely related.

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Thursday, August 16
Russ Cramer
“The Stone Age in the Poconos: What Stones Can Tell Us”
This presentation will trace the 10,000-year evolution of stone weapons and tools used by Native American tribes living in the Poconos. The talk will be divided into three cultural periods: Paleo, Archaic and Woodland, each representing a distinctly different way of life for local Native American tribes. Authentic stone tools and weapons from each period will be featured and you will learn why each was essential at the time for a tribe’s survival.

Local historian Russ Cramer’s presentation will give new insights into how stone tools and weapons were adapted and refined in order for local tribes to survive a changing ecology.

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Thursday, September 20
Jim Werkheiser
“Monroe County Memorializes its World War I Doughboys”
This year, the United States celebrates the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, ending World War I in November of 1918. We also celebrate the more than 1,000 Monroe County boys who enlisted or were drafted into the Armed Forces and in particular, those who died while serving. To Monroe County's credit, four memorials were erected between 1919 and 1932 in various locations around the county. This presentation will focus on these four memorials.

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Thursday, October 18
Rick Smith
“Jack the Ripper”
Local historian Rick Smith will offer a presentation on one of England’s most famous serial killers, Jack the Ripper, who remains unidentified to this day.

Lecture Series

May through October • 7 p.m.
Stroud Mansion, 900 Main Street
The Monroe County Historical Association is pleased to present the schedule for its 2018 Third Thursday Lecture Series.

All presentations are held the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Stroud Mansion.

All presentations are free, but due to limited seating reservations are required.

Call 570-421-7703 or contact us.

May 17
The Sinking of the Lusitania
June 21
Every Picture Tells a Story: Historical Photographs from Monroe County
July 19
Phoebe Snow: Who (or What) Was She?
August 16
The Stone Age in the Poconos: What Stones Can Tell Us
September 20
Monroe County Memorializes Its World War I Doughboys
October 18
Jack the Ripper

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED as space is limited.

Reservations: Call 570-421-7703 or contact us.
NOTE: The lectures are held on the second flood of the historic Stroud Mansion, which is NOT wheelchair accessible.