A View of the Park
On a recent afternoon, I visited Dr. S. Robert Powell at the Carbondale
Historical Society and Museum on the third floor of Carbondale City Hall.
Walking through the exhibition galleries, where so many artifacts are so
proudly displayed, I was filled with nostalgia. It was exciting to see the
memorabilia of the many stores that were a big part of our lives. Do you
remember Fulkerson's Music store, on Salem Avenue? Cramer’s
Photography Studio on Main Street? The Elite at the Park?
As I looked at Memorial Park, out of the third floor windows of City
Building, I smiled when I saw the monuments, one of which my dad helped
to dedicate. Over the years, the Park has maintained its peaceful and quaint
look and along with the City Building remains the centerpiece of our small
town. In my youth, Main Street was always filled with pedestrian traffic but
on this sunny day, the sidewalks were empty.
I was born in Carbondale and raised on Lincoln Avenue, in a home my
grandfather built in 1927. Both my husband and I are graduates of Benjamin
Franklin High School but like so many of our contemporaries, we left our
hometown for college and to establish careers.
Because we have built a retirement home in the area, we are fortunate to
spend time in our beloved hometown. Looking at the park that day, I
wondered what I could do to help maintain our heritage. What could people
who are non-residents do to support the efforts already established by the
Carbondale Historical Society? What about the residents of Carbondale?
Your membership is fundamental to keeping the Society viable. If you have
not yet renewed your membership for 2016, I encourage you to do so. If you
are not certain if you have renewed, Dr. Powell has supplied a list of current
2016 members. Please see below.
What could I do as a part time resident? The answer came through clearly as
I spent time with Dr. Powell-- -- volunteer, get involved in creating a new
vision for Carbondale, learn more about our shared history, visit the
museum. The enthusiasm among the members of the Chamber of
Commerce and the City Building is contagious. Those citizens are working
vigorously to revitalize the spirit of Carbondale but it can't be done without
the support and encouragement of not only the residents of our town but
those of us who are non-residents as well.
For your convenience, membership can be renewed via the Historical
Society's webpage: www.carbondalehistoricalsociety.org. Click on "Membership"
Please consider a membership to the Carbondale Historical Society and
Museum (if you are not already a member) or contact the Society (570-282-
0385) to get on the Volunteer Schedule. It is one small thing but it will make
a huge difference.
Mary Parise Tomaine
Carbondale Historical Society Members, 2016
1. Mary Monahan, Carbondale
2. Leo Burke, Vestal, NY
3. John Fagan, Carbondale
4. Jack Fagan, San Francisco, CA
5. Michael Yavorosky, Hop Bottom
6. Mary Downing, Carbondale
7. John Lawler, Carbondale
8. Gloria Wilson, Elk Lake
9. Anthony DiMarino, Massapequa Park, NY
10. Jeffrey S. Taylor, Carbondale
11. S. Robert Powell, Carbondale
12. Mary Parise Tomaine, Madison, AL
13. Robert S. Ryczak, Bel Air, MD
14. Joseph P. Callahan, Dickinson, ND
15. Mary C. Zlobl, New Bern, NC
16. Edward Spall, Manassas, VA
17. Peter Pettinato, Greenfield Township, PA
18. Gerald P. Williams family, Carbondale
19. Michael D. Golden, Alexandria, VA
20. McCarthy/Yepson family, Carbondale
21. Donald R. Law, Phoenix, AZ
22. Marty Mulholland, Hertford, NC
23. Joseph Scotchlas, Carbondale
24. Linda Starzer, Carbondale
25. A. Jared Essif, Marana, AZ
26. Mary Klem, Scott Township, PA
27. Charles Carroll, Endwell, NY
28. Barbara Campbell, Archbald
29. David Dottle, Davenport, FL
30. Martin Langan, Carbondale
31. Barbara J. Clune, Hilton Head, SC
32. Mary E. Downing, Carbondale
33. Alan and Diane Kurlansky, Carbondale
34. Ted Frutchey. Carbondale
Welcome to the new and improved Carbondale Historical Society website! Please bear with us as we migrate to the 21st Century and update this site with all of our archived content from our old site as well as provide new content for you to enjoy.
The Carbondale Historical Society and Museum is located on the third floor of historic Carbondale City Hall and Courthouse in Carbondale, PA. The building, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is located at One North Main Street.
The first public meeting of the Historical Society, founded in October of 1974 by a group of six Carbondale Area school teachers, was held in January of 1975. On November 6, 1982, the Historical Society and the Committee to Restore Carbondale City Hall merged to form the Carbondale Historical Society and Museum, which was incorporated on March 15, 1983.
The Carbondale Historical Society and Museum is an educational and historical membership organization whose mission is to record, gather, and preserve the history of the city of Carbondale and the surrounding area. Through its genealogical and local history research center and exhibition galleries on the third floor of Carbondale City hall (listed in the National Register of Historic Places on January 6, 1983, through the efforts of the Society) and through an annual series of public lectures, programs, exhibitions, and commemorative ceremonies, in the community and in the public schools, the Society, at the same time, interprets and makes accessible to the public the City's rich, diverse, and unique history and heritage. The Carbondale Historical Society and Museum is committed to the central values of (1) maintaining the highest possible standards in all its endeavors, (2) providing excellent service to the public at all times, and (3) demonstrating leadership and innovation in the field of local history.
The Society's research room and exhibition galleries are open from 1 - 5 P.M., Monday through Friday, and by appointment. Given the fact that we are an all-volunteer organization, it is always a good idea to phone ahead (570-282-0385 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) to make sure that someone will be at the Society when you arrive. This is especially important if you're traveling from out of town to Carbondale to do research.