These events are planned this weekend, hosted by the Wayne County Historical Society.

Friday, August 2nd at 5 pm: Plain Speaking
This week's speakers in the Wayne County Historical Society's "Plain Speaking" series are Ann O'Hara and Gloria McCullough (the "History Ladies") who will speak on "From Pink to Steene," the story of how some Wayne County communities got their names.
The 5 pm Friday talks at the Society's headquarters at 810 Main St., Honesdale, are free and touch on a variety of local history topics. The speaker on August 9 will be Albert G. "Ab" Rutherford, whose subject is "John C. Delaney: From Ireland to a Congressional Medal of Honor." For more information, call 570-253-3240 or email CONTACT: Ann O'Hara, 570-253-5468,

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 10am-1pm: Old Stone Jail Open House
The Wayne County Historical Society and The County Commissioners invite you to tour The Old Stone Jail The jail is located on 10th street behind the courthouse in downtown Honesdale, PA.
A special invitation is being extended to the law enforcement community of Wayne County and beyond. If you are (or were) a Sheriff, Police, Correctional, or Probation Officer, Lawyer, US Marshal, or any other Federal, State, or County Law Enforcement Officer please visit on August 3rd for a special tour of the jail, which was built in 1858. Don't worry; you won't have to work the whole shift… Please stop by and share your law enforcement stories, the good, the bad, and the ugly! Thank you for all that you have done to protect and serve.

Sunday, August 4th at 2 pm: Sunday at the museum
The speaker for the August 4 program at the Wayne County Historical Society is Dorothy Kieff, and the topic will be "History of Catholic Churches in Honesdale during the D&H Canal Era." Prior to the construction of the Canal, Honesdale was largely wilderness. By 1826, when the Canal was being built, there were only a handful of Catholics in Honesdale due to the influence of the Connecticut culture on Northeast Pennsylvania. Dorothy will trace the history of St. John the Evangelist and St. Mary Magdalen Churches as Catholic immigrants came by the thousands to work on the Canal, in the Tanneries, and in the Glass industries.
There is a special program every Sunday at 2 pm at the Society's 810 Main Street Museum, and the program for August 11 is especially for children: "Canal Adventures Story Time for Kids," with Tracy Schwarz. For more information about "Sundays at the Museum" call 570-253-3240.

The Wayne County Historical Society
810 Main Street, Honesdale PA 18431