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Mission Statement

The Wilkes-Barré Preservation Society promotes the city’s architectural and social history.

The Wilkes-Barré Preservation Society was founded in 2003 to promote the architectural and social history of Wilkes-Barre. Over the years, thousands have enjoyed architectural walking tours of Wilkes-Barre’s River Street Historic District, Luzerne County Court House and social history tours of Hollenback Cemetery thanks to the commitment of the Preservation Society. In 2017, the Preservation Society saved the oldest house in Wilkes-Barre, the Zebulon Butler House, from demolition, and is in the process of funding its restoration.

In the spring of 2023, the Preservation Society will publish Great Historic Houses of Wilkes-Barre, a beautifully designed coffee table book featuring 100 historic houses through a collaboration with the Times Leader Media Group and NEPA Camera Club. Additionally, they are collaborating with the Osterhout Free Library to publish a children book on Wilkes-Barre history.

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