Culture and History

601 Colonial Pennsylvania Iron Industry    Instructor Dan Graham, historian

In 1716, more than 130 years before the Scranton Furnaces began producing iron, Thomas Rutter established the first ironwork in Pennsylvania in Berks County and began making bloomery iron. Over the next 70 years, numerous forges and furnaces were built and by the Revolution, the industry had grown into one of the state’s strongest.  Learn how the industry began, how a production and distribution system was developed, and how the early iron masters made iron.

Two Tuesdays, October 16 and 23, beginning at 6:00 pm

Location: St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Church St. Montrose

Fee: $10.00


602 History of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Montrose 1831-2018   Instructor, Dan Graham, historian

Founded in 1831, for over 180 years, St. Paul’s and its communicants have been fully integrated into the ebb and flow of the Montrose community.  The church and its parishioners are a part of the fabric of Montrose.  The establishment and growth of the parish have a rich history and are intertwined with those of the town, the other Montrose churches and the Episcopal churches of New Milford, Stevensville, and Springville.   Learn about how the Episcopal church was established in Montrose, where the first church was built, when the current church and parish hall were built, and various stories about the church and its rector’s over its history.  The class will include a tour.

One Thursday, October 11, beginning at 6:00 pm

Location: St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Church St. Montrose

Fee: $5.00


603 The Amazing Jehile Kirkhuff – World Champion Old-Time Fiddler of Lawton, PA   Instructor,

Jan Quackenbush, local historian

An amazing biographical film of Jehile Kirkhuff at my farmhouse in which he plays many tunes on his fiddle and introduces historical context of many of them – this showing leads into our discussion of Jehile the man and personality – life and history.

One Wednesday, October 17, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Location: Susquehanna County Library, Community Room, High School Rd. Montrose

Fee: $5.00


604 The Wesleyan Family of Churches, Instructor, Rev. Robert W. Harris, Historian of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church

A look at the early history of the Wesleyan Family of Churches.  The study will begin with a look at the Wesley family, a look at the other early leaders in England and America.  The final session will include the Free Methodist Church, African – American Methodist Churches, the Salvation Army and other Wesleyan bodies.  There will be a few slides as well as discussion.

Two Tuesdays, September 11 and 18 beginning at 1:30 pm

Location: Dryer Hall, Montrose Bible Conference, Locust St. Montrose

Fee: $10.00


605 Rodgers and Hammerstein   Instructor Charlene Thomson,    Musician and Composer

This course will explore 3 musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein.  They are Oklahoma, South Pacific and The Sound of Music.  Biographical information about the composer and lyricist will be included.  Song sheets will be provided, and the attendees will be encouraged to singalong.

One Monday, October 15, beginning at 1:30 pm

Location: First Presbyterian Church, Church St. Montrose

Fee $5.00


606 The Endless Mountains Trio in Concert

The Endless Mountains Trio will be performing a concert of original songs by members Corky Staats, Carl Hagstrom and Paul Fazio.  The trio has been performing together for over six years with their blend of contemporary folk, bluegrass and blues.

One Thursday, September 27, beginning at 7:00 pm

Location:  First Presbyterian Church, Church St. Montrose

Fee: $5.00


607 Tour of the Newly Renovated Historical Society     Instructor, Betty Smith, Curator and Staff This class is full

For 111 years the Susquehanna County Library and Historical Society shared the Monument Street building in Montrose. In July of 2017 the Library moved to their new location and the Historical Society now occupies the entire 1907 building, with its many recent renovations. Staff members will provide a tour of the research and exhibit rooms and give a brief explanation of the holdings of the Society.

One Tuesday, October 30, beginning at 1:30 pm  This class is full

Location: Historical Society Building, Montrose

Fee: $5.00


608 The Book Club, leaders Eileen Baessler and Ann Vitale

September 12. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, discussion leader Eileen Baessler
” ‘Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,’ grumbled Jo lying on the rug.” Do you remember the wonderful March girls from your childhood or later reading or from one of many film versions? Join us to go back to spend time with them again.

September 26 Educated by Tara Westover,
discussion leader Ann Vitale
Where does the courage for a teenager to change her life come from? From the same well of innate desire to learn? This memoir is often painful to read as a girl in a fundamentalist Mormon survivalist family in Idaho endures–and watches her five siblings endure– accidents, pain, and her father’s fanatical warnings about the outside world, the feds and the end days. She teaches herself enough to pass the ACT, is admitted to Brigham Young University and then goes on to Cambridge for a doctorate in history. Part of the cost is estrangement from her parents and several of her siblings.

October 10 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, discussion leader Eileen Baessler
“There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.” One of the great novels and one of the great characters of the 19th century. Spend time with Jane again or for a first time through her childhood and on into womanhood.

Three Wednesdays, September 12, September 26, and October 10 beginning at 4:00 pm

Location: Susquehanna County Library, High School Rd. Montrose

Fee: no fee.   Please indicate on the registration form which sessions you are interested in.