WHITE MILLS - Lori Strelecki, Director of the Pike County Historical Society, will help celebrate the county’s Bicentennial and commemorate the death of Abraham Lincoln by sharing the fascinating story of the Lincoln Flag in a talk at the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctaury on Thursday, April 10 at 11 a.m.
     The presentation will be held in the Blough Building on the Sanctuary grounds. It is the first Sanctuary’s Lectures and Lunch series for 2014. A lunch will follow. There is no charge for the lecture, but there is a fee for the lunch (members of the Sanctuary $10; non-members $12). Reservations are necessary. Please call 570-253-1185 or email suydam@ptd.net. Space is limited.
     As one of the Historical Society’s prized holdings, this blood relic, which was taken from Ford’s Theatre the night of Lincoln’s assassination, was used as bunting for the Presidential Box in 1865. The flag was placed under the dying President’s head while he lay on the floor of the box being attended to by Dr. Leale.
      It was donated to the Society in 1954. In 1996, Joseph E. Garrera, current president of the Lincoln Group of New York, an organization dedicated to studying the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, concluded an independent year-long study regarding the authenticity of a bloodstained, 36 star, American flag that played an important role in the events at Ford’s Theatre on the night President Lincoln was assassinated in 1865. His findings and conclusions, subsequently published in a 125-page research document, “The Lincoln Flag of the Pike County Historical Society, declare the flag “authentic.”
   Strelecki has been the Director of the Pike County Historical Society since November 2000. Quite diverse in her pursuits, Strelecki’s historical background has taken her from the in situ canal town in Waterloo Village in Stanhope, N.J. Where she conducted research (she even had her own mule!), to the bewitching town of Salem, Massachusetts. Where she worked at the House of the Seven Gables.
    Strelecki’s work in the educational domain includes several years in Environmental Education and an assignment at The Theodore Roosevelt Indian Boarding School in White River, Arizona, where she taught 6-through 8th-grade level Apache students on the reservation. There she taught everything from history to gym, and often ran what was called “the responsibility room,” where discipline was enforced.
    In her many years at The Columns, Lori has made it her priority to live up to the Mission Statement of the Pike County Historical Society as well as make the museum and its programming accessible to all. In addition to her varied work experience, Strelecki is a published author, poet and artist. More information about the Society is available on its website: pikecountyhistoricalsociety.org.
    The Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary is a 600-acre property with hiking and nature trails. It is home to the Dorflinger Glass Museum and the Wildflower Music Festival.
    On Thursday, May 22, Bernadine Lennon and Diane Smith from the Greene-Dreher Historical Society will talk about the Hopedale Church Mission and the Newfoundland Settlement. Sullivan County (NY) Historian John Conway will talk on Thursday, June 12 about Gamblers and Bootleggers of Sullivan County. Additional information is available at: www.dorflinger.org.
     The Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary is located on Long Ridge Road and Elizabeth Street in White Mills. At the blinking light adjacent to the Pennsylvania Historic Marker in White Mills, turn and go up the steep hill (Elizabeth Street) for 6/10 of a mile to the stop sign at a second blinking light. Continue on for 1/10 of a mile to the entrance of the Sanctuary on your right.