Union County Historical Society


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Newest Accounts Feb. 2017 Vol 7, No. 1
2016 Newsletters:
Vol.6, No.1

Vol.6, No.2
Vol.6, No.3

 "Dead or Alive: African-American Access to End-of-Life Healthcare in Union County" by Kate Hastings

Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Dale/Engle/Walker House, 1471 Strawbridge Rd., Lewisburg 

Kate Hastings’ current research asks the question: “Did African American residents of Union County have equal access to health care, particularly at the end of their lives?"

Her presentation uses data from public health records of citizens of Union County in the mid-20th century to determine whether there were patterns of disease and access to care that were race-specific. The effects of Spanish Influenza, tuberculosis, and polio will be discussed, as well as the changing patterns influenced by the introduction of antibiotics.

Hastings, who teaches at Susquehanna University, has presented other talks in our Black History series since its inception, and has been an inspirational resource for others. She has published on several aspects of local black history that focus on working communities of free African Americans in Union County, particularly those living in Lewisburg, Winfield, and Hartley Township since the early 1800s. Her work is featured in the UCHS Heritage series, African Americans in Union County: Slave and Free, available at the UCHS office in the Union County Courthouse, and from www.unioncountyhistoricalsociety.org 

The program is free and open to the public.

The Julia Quest
Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2 PM
with Jane Luther and Mary Sieminski
at the Dale/Engle/Walker House, 1471 Strawbridge Rd., Lewisburg

Julia C. Collins, was the author of The Curse of Caste; or the Slave Bride, the first novel published by an African American woman. The book was written in 1865 while Collins was a schoolteacher for the African American children of Williamsport. A Pennsylvania state historical marker commemorating her was placed on the River Walk in Williamsport in 2010. Sadly, little is known about Collins’ life, not her name at birth nor when or where she was born. Jane Luther and Mary Sieminski are determined to change that.

Jane Luther, a resident of Jersey Shore has family roots in Hartley Township, Union County, dating to at least 1830. Information suggests she is related to Julia Collins through her great-grandparents.

Mary Sieminski of Williamsport, is the manager of ther Lycoming County Women's History Collection and writes a monthly column on Lycoming County women for the Williamsport Sun Gazette.
Jane and Mary have been searching for traces of Julia Collins for eight years, discovering many links to Julia in Union County. They will take the audience on a journey — of how they have traced these links and others in Williamsport and Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut.

The program is free and open to the public. Tours of the Dale House original hearth will follow the program.

Announcing the Fall 2016 issue of ACCOUNTS


Accounts Oct. 2016 Vol 6, No. 2

Into Deepest, Darkest Pennsylvania; The 1790 Maclay Expedition
Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7 PM 
with Bruce Teeple 
at the Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg

To reserve a seat, please call the library at 570-523-1172


Historic Playing Cards - December Special

Historic Playing Cards

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Union County Historic Playing cards are here.

Each card has a different photo with caption of a person, place or event in Union County history. While you enjoy your favorite game of poker, rummy or even war, you can peruse the pictures and read a little about Union County history. These decks make nice gifts, and are great to have for that at-home, rainy / snowy day card game. 

Cards can be purchased at the following locations:
The Mercantile, 319 Market Street, Lewisburg
Laurel Market, 1415 PA Route 235, Laurelton
Tastcraft Market, 315 Chestnut Street, Mifflinburg
and the Historical Society office in the county courthouse, 103 S. 2nd Street, Lewisburg

Mail orders accepted. You can also order decks of card online by using the links below.

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As in the past, we have dug into our archives to bring you pictures of Union County history. This year is the 100th anniversary of the US entry into World War I. Union County mobilized for the war and on certain months you will see the headlines from the local papers that reflect the war efforts.

TWO size calendars are available this year: the regular size at $6 and a pocket size calendar for $4.  If ordering by mail add $2.00 for postage and handling for each calendar. If ordering more than one calendar, please call the office at 570-524-8666 for postage charge.  Checks can be mailed to the Union County Historical Society at 103 South 2nd Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837.  You can also order calendars online by using the links below.

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