Dietrich Theater exhibit highlights history, beauty of Wyoming County

First Posted: 6/13/2014

The Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock is celebrating the history and beauty of Wyoming County with two exhibits. One showcases recently acquired historical documents of Wyoming County, and the other features photographic images by Janie Packer Stabinsky, celebrations of nature and everyday observances in Wyoming County.

“Wyoming County: Our Beginnings” features key documents, including the application and charter for Wyoming County to be created out of Luzerne County, a land warrant of Zebulon Marcy, based on the tax sale recorded on September 1803, and the execution warrant for Francis Basler on January 19, 1895.

Along with the documents on loan from the Wyoming County Historical Society, are treasures and other items of the early days of Wyoming County, gathered and installed by Mark Mitchell and Kent Ward, collectors and historians. Included in the exhibit are: flow blue dishes, popular at the time; a book illustration showing a sketch of Wall’s Hotel, now the Prince Hotel; a tiger maple foot warmer; a late 18th century spinning wheel, and more antiques to take the viewer back in time.

“Wyoming County: Our Natural Beauty” is a burst of color and energy of the many simple, but stunning observances that Janie Packer Stabinsky captured on film. Stabinsky sets off every day from her home in Meshoppen to see what she can see in the natural world. Stunning views of geese, sunrises, a soaring eagle, a salamander, a leaping deer caught in mid-air, insects, flowers, and many more show the viewer the every day beauty of surroundings sometimes too busy to see.

“Every day is an opportunity for me to find beauty in the world,” said Stabinsky in a news release. “I love to explore Wyoming County and share photos on Facebook.”

These exhibits will be at the Dietrich Theater through July. They are open to the public any time movies are shown or by appointment. For additional information, call 570-996-1500.

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