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Upcoming Program

The Proposed Town of Luzerne “IN” West Pittston

Tuesday April 23, 6:30pm at the West Pittston Library, Exeter Avenue

Before West Pittston became a borough in 1857, a local coal company proposed a new competing town called Luzerne not to be confused with the current Luzerne borough. The new coal company town would encompass a portion of what is now West Pittston Borough. The plan included a beautiful hotel and other amenities but what was the real plan behind the company’s proposal and why did it fail?

Join us for this informative presentation about West Pittston’s early history and learn how the proposed Town of Luzerne could be helpful in researching the history of your West Pittston home.

2024 WPHS Membership Drive

It’s time to join the West Pittston Historical Society

if you are not already a member, this would be a great time to take out a membership to the West Pittston Historical Society. The mission of WPHS is to preserve our borough’s history for future generations. Membership funds go toward preserving our collecting items related to West Pittston history. We host educational programming throughout the year focusing on our town history. Our annual First to Fall event honors those Revolutionary War hero’s buried at the historic Jenkins Harding Cemetery on Wyoming Avenue. You can access our membership form using the following link.

2023 First to Fall

Sunday July 2, 2023 2:00pm though 4:00PM

Location: Jenkins Harding Cemetery corner of Wyoming Avenue and Linden Street, West Pittston

The legacy of those who were the first to fall in the days leading up to the Battle of Wyoming will be honored at this annual ceremony being held at the Jenkins Harding Cemetery in West Pittston. Our featured speaker this year is Rich Jenkins a descendant of the original Jenkins family who first settled our area. Also participating are the 24th Connecticut Reenactors. This is a family oriented free event open to the public.

2023 West Pittston History Day

Saturday MARCH 18, 2023 12noon though 3:00PM

The historical society will be hosting an event to showcase items from our collection. Please stop at the West Pittston Library at any time between 12:00 and 3:00 pm on March 18 to see a display of borough memorabilia.

We also invite visitors to bring old photos, slides, school items and memorabilia they think will contribute to continuing the legacy of West Pittston’s history.

Scanners will be available on site to digitize the pieces and all pho- tos and items will be returned that day. Visitors are encouraged to search their homes for historical artifacts to share with future gen- erations. Those who are unable to attend can still share their photos by emailing the historical society at: westpittstonhistory@

History of Firefighting in West Pittston

The West Pittston Historical Society will present a program on the history of the borough’s Hose Company #1 and the Goodwill Hose Company. The presentation on the early years of firefighting will include many historic photos of the original West Pittston firehouse, firefighters and early fire equipment.  Barry Hosier Sr. and Mary Portelli will collaborate in this presentation that will take place Monday October 17, 6:30pm at the West Pittston Library 200 Exeter Avenue West Pittston. The program is free and open to the public.  Please join us for this interesting and informative presentation. 

First to Fall

July 2, 2022

Our inaugural First to Fall event was held on Saturday July 2, 2022. We thank our featured speakers Clark Switzer and Attorney Stephen B. Killian.

WPHS Photo Raffle

July 2, 2022

To order raffle tickets please use Paypal to send payment donation to Be sure to include your email address in the message box so we can send you your ticket image. Two beautiful historic photos of West Pittston will be raffled off on July 2nd at the First to Fall event.

WPHS General Membership/Board of Directors Meeting – April 9, 2022

The WPHS Board of Directors will be holding a yearly public board meeting on Saturday April 9, 1:00 pm at the West Pittston Library. The meeting is open to historical society members and anyone with an interest in the historical society and their activities. This will not be a program meeting however we will be happy to answer any questions or take suggestions and comments from those attending. We hope to see you there.

Learn the History of Your West Pittston Home

If you live in West Pittston and are curious about the history of your home, this WPHS presentation will be of interest to you. The program will offer a general history of land development in the borough and how to use online resources to pin point the history and age of your home. Learn how to find out who lived in your home in the past, how to research your home’s deed, where to find map images of the borough and tips on where you might locate an old photo of your house. The resources presented will be focused on West Pittston but those from nearby communities may also find the sources helpful in their own research.

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