Using the humanities to turn strangers into neighbors A Project funded by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council

West Scranton Heritage Series

WSHPNW--Logo-Final-2014-Web-PrepressEach month through June 2015, the West Scranton Hyde Park Neighborhood Watch and the Scranton Area Neighborhood Park Collaborative will Cohost a Heritage Night. The objective is to build community by learning and celebrating the rich ethnic culture that are the roots of our neighborhood, and to do this through the humanities (i.e., Things that make us “human”: art, literature, music, folklore, etc.).

Ethnic heritage nights are a time to celebrate the various cultures that comprise West Scranton. They include informal discussions of the history of your nationality’s immigration to West Scranton; Sharing of specialty beverages and a food; and the opportunity to learn more about cultural traditions. The program is generally less than 2 hours on a week night. Programs are free to the public and there is a modest budget to reimburse for the food and beverage costs.

Past events: November: Turkish Coffee Night and December: Welsh Tea and Cookie Night.

Upcoming events feature February: Dominican; March: Irish; April: Italian; May: Lebanese; June: Combined Pot Luck with past participants.

Items to consider when preparing your program:

What date or era did your ancestors come to West Scranton?

Are your countrymen immigrating currently?

Can you provide photos of your home country and region from where you lived?

What brought your ancestors to West Scranton?

Do you have a heritage organization(s) that supports your immigrants?

Do you have a successful member of your heritage that is available to tell their story or someone who traveled back to your homeland?

Do you have elders who would be available to tell their story?

What specialty beverage (warm or cold) would you like to share?

What specialty food and recipes would you like to share? (Generally, 3-5 items that would include a dessert item).

Do you have a preferred location to host the event (please name) or would you prefer us to provide the location?

Do you need assistance with technology?

What other items or topics would you like to share to make you heritage night a success? (Art, artifacts, literature, music).

Any questions please contact Karin Foster at 570-878-7368 or email to