THE STROUD MANSION is CLOSED
FOR OUR HERITAGE CENTER CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
See Heritage Center page
Temporary office and research library now open • 748 Main St., 2nd Floor, Stroudsburg
Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • Appointments recommended
570-421-7703 • NOT handicapped accessible
John H. Abel
“The Story of Horatio Howell, a Water Gap Minister ”
Why would a Confederate soldier intentionally shoot a Union chaplain?
Three veterans of the 90th Pennsylvania, all survivors of the battle, travel to Gettysburg in 1913 for the 50th reunion of that three-day fight. Will they meet the rebel who felled their beloved chaplain, and if they do, how will they react?
John Abel makes his home in northeast Pennsylvania with his wife, Beverly. He is a member of the Monroe County Historical Association and chairs the History Committee.
Abel also is the author of “The Murder of Theodore Brodhead,“ a gripping account of the area's first murder.
When not writing, Abel can often be found on the golf course at Pocono Manor or in a local trout stream.
- Gettysburg Sentinels — Top 5 Facts About Chaplain Horatio Howell
- Wikipedia — Horatio Stockton Howell
- Gettysburg Stone Sentinels Reverend Horatio Howell
The presentation is free, but reservations are suggested due to limited space. For additional information or to make a reservation, please contact the Monroe County Historical Association office at 570-421-7703 or email email@example.com.
If you are unable to attend in person, look for a video of the program to be posted here after the event.
“Eastern Monroe County in World History Perspective ”
The presentation highlighted these cross-regional linkages, and attendees received a unique perspective on local history and how world history is being understood and taught.
Dr. Thomas Mounkhall is retired from a 40-year career teaching world history at the secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, he has directed world history teacher training programs across the country and in Cambodia.
He has also taught many courses for seniors at the Lifetime Learning Program at SUNY New Paltz, N.Y., and for almost two years at The Older Adult Learning Community (TOALC) in East Stroudsburg.’
“Clara, We Hardly Knew You: The Story of Clara Adams”
In 1928, Mrs. Adams was the first female paying passenger on the inaugural flight of the Graf Zeppelin, which traveled from North America to Germany. In 1936, she was the first to fly on a trans-Pacific flight from San Francisco to the Philippines in a flight that lasted 56 hours, 22 minutes. She was also present in New Jersey when the Hindenburg crashed in 1937.
Jim Werkheiser is a life-long resident of Monroe County and a founding member and former president of the Pocono-Jackson Historical Society. He began his career as a history teacher but soon became a guidance counselor at East Stroudsburg High School, a position he held for 38 years.
After retirement, his love of history returned and he became involved with volunteering to share Monroe County’s history with others.
Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo
“Religious Dynamics in the Making of Monroe County, Pennsylvania”
Reflecting the history of Europe, the earliest churches in what became Monroe County were identified with specific ethnic groups. Over two centuries, these racial and ethnic divisions have been subject to social dynamics.
Stevens-Arroyo will sketch the dynamics of religious interactions as believers adapt to changing social circumstances. The Second Great American Awakening, abolition movements before the Civil War, and labor organizing during the Gilded Age will provide examples of how religion in Monroe County has been both a great uniter but also a great divider.
Similarly, it will be shown that the tourist industry was a major factor in bringing greater religious diversity to the Poconos. Religious divisions lessened in the post-World War II period, especially after the Catholic reforms of the II Vatican Council.
Stevens-Arroyo is a professor emeritus and former director of the Studies of Religion Program of Brooklyn College. With a doctorate from Fordham University in the theology of Comparative Religions, he has published extensively on religious movements in history. Since moving to Monroe County in 2007, he has become an active member of many organizations and serves as a member of the board of MCHA.
THIRD THURSDAYPresented May through October
WE’RE ON THE ROAD THIS YEAR! Since the Stroud Mansion is closed for construction of the Heritage Center, our 2023 Third Thursday Lecture Series will be held at a different location around the county each month.
NOTE: Because of this, some lecture will be held on dates other than the “third Thursday.” Watch this page for dates and details of the lectures as they get scheduled.
NOTE: Reservations required due to limited space.
The lectures will be video recorded for those unable to attend, and will be posted here and on our YouTube channel following the event.