Culture and History

History and Culture

 601 Civil War Nursing   Instructor Judith Matanic, registered nurse This class has been canceled


602 Shades and Shadows     Instructor, Jan Quackenbush, historian

Shades and Shadows: A short selection (3) of historical video documentaries that I taped of now by-gone Susquehanna County friends. They help illuminate personal history and culture and our antecedent genealogy and times. Each selection will last about 15 minutes and hopefully inspire the viewer to record aspects of his or her ancestors, life and culture. Informative and entertaining.

Two Wednesdays, April 24 and May 1, 6:00 pm.  Unfortunately the second session scheduled for May first will have to be canceled  

Location: Susquehanna County Library, High School Rd. Montrose

Fee $10.00  (Now $5.00 for one session scheduled April 24.)


603 The Book Club, Leaders Eileen Baessler and Ann Vitale

This is an informal gathering of book lovers that meets three Wednesdays this spring. You don’t have to read the book to come to the discussion, but we are hoping that you put these three on your winter reading list. All are different which we hope sparks your interest. When you register, indicate whether you will be attending all three, or which of the three you will attend.  you will attend.

April 17, Discussion leader Ann Vitale

THE DAY THE WORLD CAME TO TOWN:9/11 In Gander Newfoundland by Jim DeFede
In journalistic style, DeFede tells the stories of the 7000 exhausted, confused, and frightened passengers who found themselves in a small town on a strange island and of the 10,000 townspeople who fed, housed, cared for, and consoled them. Two viewpoints to discuss: the passengers and the townspeople. And, could we have done the same?

May 8, Discussion leader, Eileen Baessler

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Discussion leader Eileen Baessler
Since its publication in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird has been one of America’s most beloved books, placing number one as America’s favorite book on PBS’s Great American Read in the fall of 2018. Scout’s first-person narration of life in the South during the Depression still resonates today.

May 22, Discussion leader, Ann Vitale

 EXCELLENT DAUGHTERS: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World by Katherine Zoept The author lived and traveled throughout the Arab world in the 2000s, just prior to the Syrian war, speaking Arabic and gaining the trust of young women. Without the usual clichés, the author tells, not of large rebellion, but of small changes young women are making, altering the Arab world little by little.

Three Wednesdays, April 17, May 8, and May 22 beginning at 4:00 pm Please indicate on the registration form which sessions you will be attending.

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

No Fee


604 Colonial Pennsylvania Cast Iron Fire Backs, Stove Plates and Warming Stoves                              Instructor: Dan Graham, historian

Many of us in Susquehanna County use wood stoves to heat our houses.  Early models were bought by immigrants from Germany and northern European in the early 1700s.  Their success was guaranteed as they used less wood and provided more heat than English fireplaces.  They became a production staple at the colonial Pennsylvania furnaces.  Stove size, shape and production methods changed during the first hundred years and several models were made.  Learn about how stoves came to Pennsylvania, how they were copied and produced by the American iron-masters and how they evolved into the stoves that we are using today.

One Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 pm

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

Fee: $5.00


605  The Methodist Churches of Susquehanna County, Instructor Rev. Robert Harris, Historian, Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church

A history of the active and unoccupied Methodist Churches of Susquehanna County. The majority will be United Methodist Churches.  A few will be from other Methodist or Wesleyan groups.

Two Mondays, April 8 and 15,   1:30 pm

Location: Honeyman Room, Montrose Bible Conference, Locust St. Montrose

Fee: $10.00


606 Meet the Mountain Dulcimer  Instructor: Janet Nieburg, retired music educator

Students will be introduced to this truly American instrument—the mountain dulcimer—using recordings, photos, and live performance. The instructor will open the class by giving a short performance on the mountain dulcimer, followed by an overview of the history and development of this instrument, and then play recordings of important dulcimer players.  The class will conclude with a short sing-along of familiar songs often sung with dulcimer accompaniment.

One Wednesday, May 15 beginning at 1:30 pm

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

Fee $5.00


607 Happy Holidays: The Origins of Four of our Favorite Holidays in America 

Instructor: Jason Clapper, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Montrose

Some people say that it’s wrong to say Xmas instead of Christmas.  But did you know that Christians used “Xmas” before the English language was invented?  Did you know that there was no turkey at the first thanksgiving?  Did you know that Halloween was originally intended as a way to commune with our ancestors?  Have you ever wondered why Easter is on a different day each year?  If these questions spark your interest, join our class this spring!

Four Tuesdays April 23,30, May 7 and 14 beginning at 1:30 pm

Location: First Presbyterian Church, Church St. Montrose

Fee: $20.00


608 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. Limit 20 students per session.

Two sessions, Wednesday April  10  session is full Wednesday April 17 beginning at 1:00 pm. Please indicate on the registration form which session that you plan to attend.    This class is full

Location: Historical Society Building, Monument Square, Montrose

Fee: $5.00  April 10th is full,   April 17th is full