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Library at the Greene-Dreher High School in Newfoundland, c. 1908

Whether you are doing genealogical research for your own family or for a special project, we welcome you to the Greene-Dreher Historical Society research library and archives. The Society maintains a unique collection of books and archival materials which are available to family historians seeking information about their ancestors and the area where they lived. If you have questions about what is available before you come to do research, feel free to call us at 570-676-4354 or email us at info@greenedreherhs.org.

About Our Library Collections 

Books, journals and pamphlets— The library houses a variety of books and general reference materials on local history, including the Society’s quarterly journal which includes oral histories and first-hand accounts by longtime residents, as well as scholarly monographs and articles.

Family Files—Comprising over 1000 individual names, these papers have been collected over the years by family members and researchers and supply a wealth of information for genealogists. The collection includes books about families who lived in the area during the 19th and early 20th centuries, hundreds of obituaries can be used to research your family’s history, personal papers created by individuals and families, and records created by organizations and businesses.

Scrapbooks—Family scrapbooks preserve newspaper clippings of local happenings and notable personalities.

Archival Collections—Primary resource materials include diaries and recollections, correspondence, minutes, and account books that document the lives of people from this area.

Photographic Collection—More than 2000 photographs and postcards are available to researchers. Photographs from our collection are available for reproduction and may be ordered from the museum shop. Please note that reproduction of any photographs, images or text requires our written approval.

Church Records—The Society has preserved many records from area churches, from baptisms to burials.

School Records—The Society has documented the early one-room schools in our area and is also the repository for the yearbooks, photographs and ephemera from the Greene-Dreher School in Newfoundland and the Greene-Dreher Alumni Association.

Military Records—As part of the Veterans History Project, we have documented the military service of veterans from Greene and Dreher Townships.

County Records—The archive includes county records of various types: births, marriages, deaths, taxes, voting rolls, census reports, and miscellaneous warrants and deeds.

Maps and Atlases—When conducting research, it is helpful to take a look at maps from the time period to better understand your topic. The maps in the collection cover Pike and Wayne Counties.

The library is open to the public by appointment. For a partial list of books and materials available for genealogical and local history research, click here.

Research and Photocopying Fees

Non-members requesting general or genealogical research at the museum are asked to pay a $10 fee. Requests may be mailed to the Greene-Dreher Historical Society at PO Box 176, Greentown PA 18426, and these should be accompanied by a check. Or you can email us at info@greenedreherhs.org with your request. We will search materials that are in the archival and library collections of the Society and, while we cannot guarantee results, we will make every effort to help you by documenting all sources consulted during our search.

The fee schedule for research services and photocopies is:

  • Research services: Members – no charge; Non-members – $10/hr.
  • Digitized photographs sent electronically as print-ready file: $1 per image
  • Copies of documents – .20 per page (either digital or paper)
  • Paper copies that are mailed – .40 per page
  • CD: $5 (includes mailing)

We reserve the option of providing information and photos at no charge, such as providing a photographic print to the donor of the original photo. We invite members and guests to share their own family genealogies and photographs with the Historical Society. This information will be placed in our collection and made available to researchers.