"Scars and Stripes" Examines Waverly’s History as a Fugitive Slave Community

SCRANTON, PA – The Lackawanna Historical Society and Waverly Community House will present “Scars & Stripes: The Remarkable Story of Waverly’s Black Civil War Soldiers” on Sunday, September 21 at 2 p.m. at the Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, Waverly. This multimedia presentation will be led by author and Waverly native Jim Remsen.

Remsen’s lecture will chronicle the thirteen black men who left their safe haven in the Abingtons to volunteer for the Union Army -- and return south into harm’s way. Nine of the men lie buried today in Waverly. Remsen will explore the men’s hard lives before, during and after the war, as well as the larger social conditions around them. Beginning in the 1840s, a network of local abolitionists and other white allies defied the racist attitudes on the day by safeguarding dozens of runaway slaves and helping to set up Waverly’s so-called “Darkie Hill” settlement. For the disabled black Civil War vets and their widows, this assistance continued for decades after the war.

Jim Remsen is a graduate of Abington Heights who spent decades as a reporter and editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Now retired, he is pursuing a longtime interest in history. He recently published a historical novel for middle schoolers that explores Indian-settler conflicts along the upper Susquehanna River.

Fore more information about the program, contact the Lackawanna Historical Society at 570-344-3841 or email lackawannahistory@gmail.com. 

Founded in 1886 as the Lackawanna Institute of History and Science, the Lackawanna Historical Society provides the community with a record of local history through its museum and library collections, exhibits and programs. In 1942, from the bequest of George H. Catlin the Society established its permanent home at Catlin’s 1912 residence, located at 232 Monroe Avenue in Scranton, Pennsylvania. In 1965 Lackawanna County designated the Lackawanna Historical Society as the official county historical society and the Society continues to serve the county as a center for local history resources.




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Comm Classic Golf Tournament:

On Monday, May 19th, the Waverly Community House hosted its Sixteenth Annual Comm Classic Golf Tournament to benefit programming and recreation at the Comm. Seventy-nine golfers participated in the tournament which was held at The Country Club of Scranton. Golfers included: Kim Barrows, Mike Barrows, Janet Blaum, Tom Butler, Sharon Byrne, Jerry Calpin, Paul Casparro, Jeff Chrysler, Joe Chun, Karen Chun, Gina Cochran, Terry Cochran, Thomas Coleman, Yvonne Cronkey, Terry Dempsey, Patrick Doherty, Doug Duguay, Sandy Durbin, Tom Durbin, Steve Farrell, John Fritch, Nevin Gerber, Jeff Haudenschield, Tom Hillebrand, Lou Houck, Michele Hughes, Chris Kelly, Joseph Kelly, Kim Stampien Kelly, Tom Kelly, Michael Kwashnik, Chris Langan, James Langan, Darryl Lock, Jeff Marquardt, Sally Marquardt, Mario Matrone, Robert Mazzoni, Annie McDonough, Joe Messina, Debbie Meyer, Keith Meyer, Jeff Nalevanko, Nancy Nealon, Anders Nelson, Kathy Nelson, Cindy Neubert, Daniel Nulton, Jim O'Malley, Girard O'Neill, Stacy Ossenfort, Tom Ostrowski, Bill Rhodes, Scott Robinson, Ryan Rogan, Chris Rothwell, Pat Sabbatino, Barb Sanders, Jason Schoenberg, Anthony Sebastianelli, Alan Silverman, Steve Silverman, Linda Sproul, Bray Stahller, Patti Staples, Tom Staples, Jay Steele, Bill Thomas, Patti Thomas, Joe Vitzacovitch, John Walker, Kevin Walker, Bev Walsh, Joe Woelkers, Paul Woelkers, Mary Wok, Michael Wolk and Mary Ann Yonchak.
Sponsorship support for the event came from the following local businesses: Eckerlsey and Ostrowski LLP, Northeast Rehabilitation Associates PC, PNC and Shale Rail (platinum sponsors); Tom and Grace Hillebrand, Manci Insurance Agency, MGM Masonry, Peoples Security Bank and The Benefits Group (gold sponsors); and American Janitor & Paper Supply, Burkavage Design Associates, Kane Trucking, Lackawanna Mobile X-Ray, Law Offices of William M. Blaum, Jim Colangelo and Dave Patchcoski of Met Life, Pittston Machine, R.J. Walker Co., Timothy J. Pryle and The Quandel Group (silver and bronze sponsors).
Prizes went to the following: Men’s Flight #1 – Jason Schoenberg, Alan Silverman, Steve Silverman and Tony Sebastianelli; Men’s Flight #2 – John Fritch, Michael Kwashnick, Paul Casparro and James Langan; Women’s Flight #1 – Kathy Nelson, Mary AnnYonchak, Bray Stahller and Bev Walsh; Mixed Flight #1 – Joe Chun, Karen Chun, Janet Blaum, Bill Vitzacovitch; Most Honest Golfers – Sharon Byrne, Michele Hughes and Barb Sanders; Closest-to the-Hole – Bray Stahller (Women) and Terry Cochran (Men); Longest Drive – Nancy Luciani Nealon (Women) and Terry Cochran (Men); Skins Game – Jason Schoenberg, Alan Silverman, Steve Silverman and Tony Sebastianelli; Nancy Nealon, Darryl Lock, Terry Cochran and Gina Cochran; Michael Wolk, Mary Wolk, Keith Meyer and Debbie Meyer; Joe Chun, Karen Chun, Janet Blaum and Bill Vitzacovitch.
A day of golf was topped off with cocktails and dinner and a LIVE! Auction featuring a seven-night stay in a Vermont vacation home, a Big and Friendly Discount Book for Elk Mountain, an Official NFL Eagles’ jersey signed by running back LeSean McCoy, a foursome for golf and lunch at The Country Club of Scranton, a twosome for golf at Saucon Valley Country Club and a cooking class and dinner for eight at Chef’s Table at Keystone College.
Prizes were provided by Brucelli, C3 Group, Corky’s, Bob Dickert/Carl Von Lugers, Patti & Doug Duguay, Gerhart Scales, Glenburn Grill, Idle Hour Lanes, Jaya Yoga, Lakeland Golf Course, Olive Garden, Patsel’s, Pizza Hut, Red Lobster, Regal Cinemas, Sanderson State Street Salon, Pat & Tom Staples, State Street Grill, The Benefits Group, The Reeds at Shelter Haven in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, Waverly General Store and Mike & Mary Wolk. 


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