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The Life and Death and Lincoln
Thursday, November 01, 2018, 06:30pm - 08:30pm
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Luzerne County Historical Society to Host Lecture on Abraham Lincoln’s Luzerne County Connections, His Death, and Funeral

On Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., the Luzerne County Historical Society will host a lecture entitled “The Life and Death of Abraham Lincoln.” Join former LCHS President Dr. William V. Lewis Jr. and current LCHS Board Member Brian Leffler for a lecture spanning the last years of President Lincoln’s life. Dr. Lewis will focus on the Luzerne County politicians who aided or thwarted the president in his push for Emancipation and civil rights. Mr. Leffler will explore the origins of embalming (dating to the Civil War) and explain how the president’s body was prepared for his funeral train and to lie in state.

The lecture will be illustrated with photos of local dignitaries, as well as images of Lincoln’s casket and funeral train. Copies of Dr. Lewis’s book Lincoln: Luzerne County Friends and Foes, and his other works, will be available for purchase and signing. Purchases benefit the Society’s operations, including its programs and the care of its collection.

The lecture will be held at the Kniffen O’Malley and Leffler Funeral Home, 465 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Tickets are free for members of the Society and $5 for non-members. For more information, or to make a reservation, call 570-823-6244 ext. 3 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Founded in 1858, the Luzerne County Historical Society is Pennsylvania’s oldest county historical society. LCHS preserves and promotes the collective history and heritage of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, at the Bishop Library and the Museum in Wilkes-Barre, the Denison House in Forty Fort and the Swetland Homestead in Wyoming. For more information, visit our website, Follow us on Facebook at
Location Kniffen, O'Malley & Leffler

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