WHITE MILLS — The third annual Thomas Kennedy Local History Festival is set for April 22 at its new location, the Dorflinger Factory Museum, 8 Elizabeth Street.
The event is presented by the Local History Roundtable and is free and open to all comers.
Dr. S. Robert Powell, president of the Carbondale Historical Society and founder and director of the Carbondale D&H Transportation Museum, will give a presentation from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the museum conference room about the Pennsylvania Coal Company Gravity Railroad and the important role it played in developing the area.
The railroad ran from Paupack Eddy in Hawley to Port Griffith in Pittston. It is often overshadowed in historical contexts by the better known Delaware and Hudson Gravity Railroad which ran between Honesdale and Carbondale.
Powell is the author of the electronically-formatted 24-volume work, “A History of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company.”
According to a release, Powell was a founding member of the Thomas Kennedy Local History Roundtable and has been encouraging the pursuit of local history as the Carbondale Historical Society President for over 35 years.
Powell made a career of teaching humanities and romance languages at the State University of New York, Penn State University, Brooklyn College and Susquehanna University.
Local history exhibits will be on display in the Blue Room from noon to 3.
Roundtable spokeswoman Ann O'Hara said the exhibits allow the local historical organizations to showcase the work they do for their respective communities.
In the past, the exhibits included calendars of their upcoming events, books for sale about historical topics, and sometimes displays of artifacts they've found or had donated to them.
O'Hara said this year's festival will be focused on drawing the public eye. To accomplish this, the implementation of a local history Past-Port system will be a major feature of the event.
The Past-Ports are a stamp card featuring museums and local historical hotspots. They can then be stamped when one travels to the various locations as evidence of the visit.
The roundtable is still taking applications for local historical organizations that wish to set up a display at the event. Interested historical groups and organizations looking for more information should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-253-5468.
The roundtable is comprised of Bethany Historical Society, Community Library of Lake & Salem Townships, Damascus Township Historical Society, Dingman-Delaware Historical Society, Dorflinger Factory Museum, Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary, Equinunk Historical Society, Gouldsboro Historical Society, Greene-Dreher Historical Society, Grey Towers (National Park Service), Historians of Sterling Township, Matamoras-Westfall Historical Society, Pike County Historical Society, Pocono Mountain Vacation Bureau, Shohola Railroad & Historical Society, Wallenpaupack Historical Society, Waymart Area Historical Society, Wayne County Historical Society and the Zane Grey Museum (Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River).
Traditionally the festival sees between 15 and 20 organizations both within the roundtable and acting independently.