Monday, December 15, 2008

Nanticoke Historical Society in the news

Update, 2/12/2011:  The Nanticoke Historical Society has a new website, and a Facebook page.  Details here.

The Nanticoke Historical Society was featured in a story in today's Citizen's Voice:

Nanticoke Historical Society saves, documents pieces of city’s past
BY ELIZABETH SKRAPITS
STAFF WRITER

Published: Monday, December 15, 2008 11:58 AM EST
NANTICOKE — They’re preservationists, technophiles, detectives and, when the occasion calls for it, Dumpster-divers.

Members of the Nanticoke Historical Society have seen too much of the city’s history reduced to rubble, crumble to dust, get carted to landfills or otherwise irretrievably vanish to be squeamish. When it comes to saving records that might be crucial for charting the South Valley’s history or providing genealogical data, they’ll do what they have to.

“Believe me, it’s a rich, rich history we have in this town,” said Chester Zaremba, the society’s vice president and secretary.
You can read the rest of the article here. You can visit the Nanticoke Historical Society website here.

1 comment:

anziulewicz said...

Nothing is permanent. I suppose the best we can do in the digital age is scan as many old photos and documents as we can, but some things will be forever lost. I can still remember the singing of "Hospodi Pomiloi" (Lord Have Mercy) at the old St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church on Green Street, where my mom's parents used to attend mass. How wonderful it would be if somewhere there were old sound recordings of that. I have to wonder if there are ANY such churches left, especially in Pennsylvania, in which mass in sung in Ukrainian.

I still have a few old relatives left in Nanticoke who can still carry on a conversation in Ukrainian, but even that will vanish away with time.

I know West Side Park still exists, but some of the great old playground equipment I remember from my childhood visits there is long gone. For instance, there was a sort of tilting merry-go-round that was tremendous fun, I think my cousins called it a "Bar-Bell" or something like that. You can see a photo of one such device here:

http://www.hampton.lib.nh.us/hampton/images/bchmisc/playground03.jpg

It was one of coolest, funnest pieces of dangerous old playground equipment EVER ... now forever vanished into the mists of obscurity.

CHUCK ANZIULEWICZ