Culture and History and Useful Information

Spring 2024

501 Colonial Pennsylvania Iron Industry   Instructor Dan Graham

In 1716, Thomas Rutter established the first ironwork in southeastern Pennsylvania in Berks County and began making bloomery iron. Over the next 70 years, numerous forges and furnaces were built and by the Revolution, 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 ironmasters made iron.

One Wednesday,  April 10 at 6:00 pm

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

Fee: $5.00


502 The 1918 Influenza Pandemic   Instructor Ann Vitale

The deadliest pandemic in modern history is seldom talked about. Is it because it was so awful in its effect on families and WWI, or because nothing was known about where it came from so suddenly? Hear stories from Pennsylvania and elsewhere, important updates as science believes it now knows its origin, why it was so brutal for young adults especially, and the chances of a repeat. Students are encouraged to add family stories to the class.

One Thursday, April 11 at 1:30 pm

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

Fee: $5.00


503 An Afternoon of Early Music   Instructor Nancy Houck

This class will present an overview of Music from the Medieval and Renaissance periods.  It will include demonstrations of the recorder family and early double reeds.

One Thursday, April 18 at 2:00 pm

Location:  Susquehanna County Historical Society

Fee: $5.00


504 Recorder Lesson    Instructor Nancy Houck

This class will be an opportunity for people to sign up for a lesson on their own recorder. Fingering charts and some music will be given to the participants of this session.

One Thursday, April 25, at 1:30 pm

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

Fee: $5.00


505 Prohibition: The Good, the Bad, and the Frankly Funny  Instructor Ann Vitale

The only Constitutional Amendment to be repealed, we must wonder how it lasted 13 years. This lecture covers the reasons behind the enactment and whether it accomplished anything it set out to do. Some supported it, some opposed it, some became wealthy and powerful, and a lot of people just plain ignored it. Hint: The most frequent diagnosis for which doctor’s wrote “prescriptions” was “malaise”.

One Thursday, April 25, 1:30 pm

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

Fee: $5.00


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

Founded in 1831, for over 190 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 over its history.

One Thursday, May 9 at 6:00 pm

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

Fee: $5.00

507 Learn to Play the Mountain Dulcimer     Instructor Janet Nieburg

Learn to play America’s folk instrument, the Mountain Dulcimer. In four sessions, you will learn to play some songs and to do some chording that is suitable for playing “backup” to other singers or instrumentalists. If you happen to own a dulcimer, bring it! If you do not own one, contact the instructor, who can make “loaners” available. The class is limited to 10 students. This is a repeat of a class originally offered in September-October 2022.  If you need a loaner Dulcimer for the class please indicate that on the registration form.

Four Wednesdays, May 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Location: May 1,15, 22, Community Room, Susquehanna County Library, High School Rd, Montrose

               May 8,  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Church St., Montrose

Fee: $20.00


509 Paul Revere: Fact or Fiction       Instructor   Anne Armezzani

Paul Revere was a man of action and bravery. He seldom sat still and was born into a time that needed a man of action. He was immortalized in the famous poem by Longfellow, yet Longfellow might have stretched a few facts, perhaps for the sake of his poetry. This class will present Paul Revere’s life, showing that, in war or peace, he was truly a legend, far beyond what Longfellow showed in his poem.

One Thursday, May 2 , 1:30 pm

Location: Community Room, Susquehanna County Library, High School Road, Montrose

Fee: $5.00


Useful Information

601 Medicare Basics  101      Instructor  Emily Gelatt

Learn about original Medicare basics and how to fill in the gaps.  Two information sessions are being offered.  Please indicate on the registration form the session that you will attend.

__Session #1 

One Monday, May 13,  6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Location: Montrose Area High School, High School Rd., Montrose

Fee: $5.00

__Session #2

One Monday, May 20, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

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

Fee: Free but registration is required.


602  Tour of Susquehanna County Recycling Center   Instructor Jen Hibbard, Recycling Coordinator

The Susquehanna County Recycling Center processes 8,000-10,000 pounds of recyclable material each day.  Join us for a tour of the facility and see how the material is inspected, sorted, baled, and shipped.  Discover why some items labeled as recyclable cannot be recycled everywhere.  Learn what we can accept at our local recycling center and how you can help our county program continue to be successful.  Please, meet us at 10:00 am at the Susquehanna County Recycling Center which is located at 133 Ellsworth Drive in South Montrose. The class is limited to 20 participants.

One Thursday, April 18, 10:00 am

Location: Susquehanna County Recycling Center, 133 Ellsworth Drive, Montrose, PA

Fee: Free but registration is required.


603  Canine Behavior   Instructor Ann Vitale

This class covers dogs and their instincts, why being the benevolent pack leader is important, fun things to do to solve problems, and using more of your dog’s learning ability. Useful commands and tricks are all the same to them. Handouts include basics of Canine Good Citizen for you to try on your own. An option for a scheduled one-on-one with your dog included. The instructor has experience in Star Puppy, CGC, Obedience, Rally, Trick Dog.

One Saturday, April 20, 10:00 am

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

Fee: $5.00


604 Tips on Setting up a Financial Plan for your Child/Grandchild      Instructor Howard Burkett

Join the instructor… a father, grandfather, great grandfather, as he shares how he has been investing in his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids by setting up Dividend Reinvestment Stock Accounts and US Savings Bonds for over 40 years. Come find out how a contribution of a few dollars a month can result in millions of dollars later in life, due to the power of compound interest, for those you care about! For about $100, you can set up an account that you can contribute to on a regular basis, or just on events like birthdays and holidays. We will also discuss and show how to set up a United States Treasury account where you can purchase Savings Bonds. You will receive a copy of the award-winning book, “I’m A $hareholder Kit”, which includes a $20 off their first share of stock in a company that you select. This class is a learning experience for you and

most important, you can share the book and information with that special young person. The instructor will be able to help you set up accounts as part of the class. You will receive more information on what to bring before the class meets. If you are attending with your spouse, only one of you needs to pay the material fee, you can share the book! You don’t need to know ANYTHING about the stock market to understand what we cover in the class!

One Wednesday, April 17 at 2 :00 pm

Location: Montrose Library Community Room, 458 High School Rd, Montrose

Fee: $5 .00     Material fee:  $20 .00