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The Everhart Museum, founded in 1908, had its first collection provided by Dr. Isaiah Fawkes Everhart, a veteran of the Civil War and a physician in Scranton. Everhart provided the museum?s collection of natural history specimens and monies. The original mission of the museum was to provide a showcase for the endemic birds and animals of Pennsylvania as well as other wildlife specimens. Additional gallery wings for the museum were built in 1928 to serve as a home for the museum?s archaeological and ethnographic collections. In the 1940?s, the museum received a donation of American folk art featuring Japanese, Oceanic, and African artworks as well as Dorflinger glass.

When visiting the museum, make sure to appreciate its building as well. The masonry structure shows off a Beaux-Arts style that was specifically selected to complement the ?City Beautiful? movement in the early 1900?s. Located at Nay Aug Park, the museum has fifteen gallery spaces used for displaying both temporary and permanent exhibits. It holds numerous events regularly, including workshops and camps for kids as well as special events like the Summer Solstice and the Civil War Road.
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