In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Luzerne County Historical Society will present a lecture entitled “Frances Dorrance — LCHS’ First Executive Director” on Thursday, March 11, at 7 p.m. on the Zoom digital platform.

Attendees will learn about Dorrance, known as the “First Lady of Archaeology in NEPA” and her commitment to historic preservation and archeology through her work with the historical society, and through the programs she helped create under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration, to put academics to work during the Depression. The public is welcome.

The lecture will be presented by former LCHS president and current board member Tish McCarthy Last. Last attended Wilkes University and has recently retired from the development office of King’s College. She has been active with the LCHS for nearly two decades.

The lecture is one of a continuing series made possible through grants from the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, and Luzerne County through the CARES Act.

This is a virtual event via Zoom. To attend, use the Zoom link

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, at the Bishop Library and the museum in Wilkes-Barre, the Denison House in Forty Fort and the Swetland Homestead in Wyoming. For information, visit or follow the society on Facebook.