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This page shows updates that have been made to the site since it was redone on April 7, 2003.  I've only put the link for this page at the top of the left-side menu on the home page; the link doesn't appear on the other pages.

August 14, 2008
Cal Herring has sent additional information about the Freeland Fire Department's apparatus in 1974 (see Municipal Matters).

August 2, 2008
Cal Herring has sent a history of major fires in Freeland borough, so I've added that to the Municipal Matters page.

June 17, 2008
Cal Herring has sent historical information about the Freeland Fire Department's apparatus over the years, so I've added that to the Municipal Matters page.

I've also updated the Links page (linked from the upper right corner of each page).

May 31, 2008
I've added to the Schools page a PDF of a Rusyn language textbook from 1917 that was used at St. Mary's School, along with images of the front cover and several sample pages.

February 17, 2008
New on the home page is a link to a page showing some 1895 maps of Freeland.

February 13, 2008
I made a new introductory page as the front door to my site. What had been the home page all along will now be the page that you get to when you go through the "door" of the intro page.  The new intro page has the URL <freeland.html>, and the home page has the new URL <freeland_home.html>.

January 30, 2008
I've made a few of the many updates I need to make to the list of Freeland businesses from recent decades -- more to come soon.

September 30, 2007
I've added information about Freeland's new historical society to the home page.

SOON TO COME: Revised and expanded list of Freeland businesses from recent decades, incorporating information from many e-mail correspondents.  This update is long overdue but I hope to be able to do it soon.  Apologies for the delay.

September 16, 2006
I've added information about the Pearl Jubilee booklet to the home page.

September 4, 2006
A photo of the Citizens Band has been added to the Pearl Jubilee page, compliments of Christina Sachs Humphrey. I've also added three more Pearl Jubilee photos from other sources. These are low quality images but still give a sense of what was happening during the celebration.

August 17, 2006
Pearl Jubilee booklet: A 16-page booklet about the 1906 Pearl Jubilee is now available at The Corner Market in Freeland. More information is available on the Pearl Jubilee page.

Revised home page with more text and images. Also, I'll start adding links to new update items on this page to make it faster for visitors to see what's new.

September 22, 2005
Several images were added to Freeland home page; pictures of Park M.E. Church and St. Casimir's and St. John's Nep. R.C. Churches were added to "Places of worship" page; a picture of Harry Fisher in front of Fisher's livery was added to the "Transportation" page; a view of the corner of Centre and Main streets was added to street views linked from "Street names" page; and  photos of St. Mary's Band were added to the "Organizations" page.

March 5, 2005
The page called "Images of Freeland places of worship," linked from the "Places of worship" page listed at left, has a lot more images now, both of early church buildings and current cornerstones. I'm still missing pictures of a number of Freeland's early churches, so if you have any that you would be willing to let me copy, please let me know. Thanks!

August 24, 2004
There's now a page about the 1906 Pearl Jubilee, linked off the "Organizations" page.

June 27, 2004
I've added a page showing views of Freeland streets on old postcards; it's currently linked from the "Street names" page.

I've also added a page called "What are you looking for?" This page tells where the best places on the site are to find information on people, businesses, or pictures of Freeland. It's a kind of quick guide. It's linked only on the homr page, as is the "What's new!" page.

I've switched pictures at the top of the "Buildings" page, so now there's a postcard photo of the Citizens Bank there.

June 22, 2004
I've added a page containing some pictures of Freeland area schools, linked from the "Schools" page.

May 29, 2004
I added another view of the Park Methodist Church to the "Places of worship - pictures" page, linked off the main "Places of worship" page. My library is hosting a conference in mid-June, and I've been preoccupied with the arrangements and unable to put time into my website for months now, but I'm hoping to get back to it in late June and will try to update the recent businesses page then.

May 15, 2004
After a long break, the site is again being updated. Sorry about the delay! Today I added several images to the "Places of worship - pictures" page, linked off the main "Places of worship" page. I added interior views of St. John's Nepomucene and St. Luke's, exterior views of St. Mary's and the Park M. E. Church, and a photo of the 1945 confirmation class from St. Luke's.

September 8, 2003
Better copy of Freehold 1873 map added to top of "1873 Freehold map" page.

September 7, 2003
New section added to left-hand menu: "More 1873 maps," showing views of Upper Lehigh and parts of Foster and Hazle Townships.

August 31, 2003
Additions made to text of "Transportation" page.

August 30, 2003
Images of the cover titles from Bradsby and the 1873 Atlas were added to the "Early accounts" page.

Two additional views of the 1873 Freehold map added to the "1873 Freehold map" page.

August 26, 2003
Links to information on the Coxe Family Mining Papers and the Eckley Miners' Village were added to the "Links" page.

August 19, 2003
Added and corrected information on the "Transportation" page.

August 18, 2003
Updated info about opera houses on "Entertainment" page.

Possible misspelling of surname "Rute" noted on listing of individuals in 1897 city directory linked from "People" page.

Updated information on the microfilming of old Freeland newspapers added to the "Newspapers" page.

New book added to "Print resources" page.

New section added to left-side menu: "Transportation."

Larger views added for images at top of main section pages (unless no larger image available at a high enough resolution).

May 17, 2003
Accounts of Eckley, Foster Township, and Upper Lehigh in 1880 Munsell's History added to "Early accounts" page.

May 13, 2003
Pages on individuals with short biographical sketches in the histories of Luzerne County by Munsell (1880) and Bradsby (1893), linked from the "People" page.

A page on the Freeland Post Office, including two photos of the construction of the current post office, linked from the "Buildings" page.

May 6, 2003
Some additional text added to "Places of worship in Freeland - Pictures" page.

Title page information for 1897 directoryadded to "Print resources" page.

May 3, 2003
"Places of worship in Freeland - Pictures" page added, linked on the "Places of worship" page.

"Businesses listed in 1921-1922 city directory" page added, linked on the "Businesses" page.

April 19, 2003
"New on this site" page added.

Account of Freeland in 1910 Encyclopaedia Britannica added on "Early accounts" page.

April 7, 2003
Entire site reorganized using new template, and several new sections added.  Side and top menus added.  Images added to section heading pages.  Theatre information added to "Entertainment" page.  Site map added.

Previous group of 1895 business ads expanded to include some ads from other early sources, linked on the "Businesses" page under "Businesses listed in city directories."

Map and map detail added on "1873 Freehold map" and "Site map" pages.

Example of "Remembering local businesses," using my grandfather's business as the example, added near the end of the "Businesses" page.

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