Preservation & Revitalization in Greater Hazleton


Preservation Advocacy
& Cultural Heritage

Museum at 55 N. Wyoming St., Hazleton

Revitalization &
Community Development


Academic Lectures, Walking
Tours & Special Event


Archival Research

Welcome to the Historical Society & Museum

The Greater Hazleton Area Historical Society & Museum, founded in 1980, is a non-profit organization that works to advocate and preserve the rich cultural, industrial, and architectural heritage of the City of Hazleton and its surrounding communities in southern Luzerne County. The Historical Society is dedicated to preserving Greater Hazleton’s unique architecture, revitalizing Hazleton’s downtown and residential neighborhoods, and interpreting the region’s cultural past.

The Historical Society’s Museum is located at 55 N. Wyoming Street in downtown Hazleton. The three-story Museum, which houses one of the largest collection of artifacts in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is at the site of the former Borough Hall (later Hazleton’s first City Hall) until the completion of the present City Hall in 1912. The present structure, completed in 1924, was constructed as a fire house by Hazleton’s Pioneer Fire Company.


“The Art of James Moran: Retrospective & Architectural Walking Tour”
Friday, August 4 (5:30 – 7:00 PM in downtown Hazleton)

This walking tour will highlight the architectural history of downtown Hazleton through the interpretation of James Moran’s paintings. A Hazleton native, Moran’s paintings and sketches often summarized the historical legacy of Hazleton. The architecturally unique buildings in downtown Hazleton summarize that history in physical form. Learn more about Moran, the story behind Hazleton’s architectural development, and ongoing revitalization and preservation projects in downtown Hazleton. Moran’s collection will be featured throughout selected sites downtown. Charles McElwee, Greater Hazleton Historical Society vice president, will lead the tour. Booklets will be distributed. To learn more about Moran’s work, click here.

Cost is $10 per person; children are free. (Purchase Tickets)

Tour begins and ends at Center City Park (corner of Broad and Laurel Streets). For more information contact Charles McElwee at