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Scranton Lace Company’s History Has a New Home

WAVERLY TOWNSHIP — A bit of Scranton’s history was on the move today.

The Marine Corps League moved historic records of the former Scranton Lace Company to the Waverly Community House.

A group of veterans from Lackawanna County took their free afternoon, and loaded more than a century’s worth of history into the back of some pick-up trucks and drove them to the Waverly Community House.

It’s a new home for what’s left of the Scranton Lace Company, but as the veterans put it, it’s our history too.

“During World War II, parachutes were actually made at the Scranton Lace Company, which with my military background, it interests me,” said Joel Sofranco.

The lace company was once the biggest employer in Lackawanna County. The closed factory still stands in Scranton, but was emptied of all its records a few years ago.

For now, the Marines carried the 100-year-old records with care to a room in the attic at the Waverly Community House. They found in the piles, many pieces of Scranton’s history.

“We also have, this is kind of interesting, drawings from Hugh Rodham, and that’s important because Hugh Rodham is the father of Hillary Rodham Clinton from the time that they lived here,” said Ella Rayburn of the Lackawanna Historical Society.

The records will be part of an exhibit at the Waverly Community House. Officials from the Lackawanna Historical Society said they’re really coming home though. Since the founder of the Scranton Lace Company, Henry Belin, also founded the Waverly Community House.

“The records include ledgers and photographs, as well as templates of lace and beautiful pieces of art, and it’s a way for them very locally to see some very rich history,” said The Waverly Community House’s Executive Director Maria Wilson.

“Not too far in the future, a couple of months maybe, we’ll have them accessible to people who want to do good solid research into the history of Scranton Lace,” added Rayburn.

Even if you’re not a history buff, the organizers of the exhibit said there’s something for everyone to find in the records. They hope to have a small museum set up in a year or two.


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