Anthracite Heritage Conference to be held Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Scranton

Huber Breaker, Ashley

The Huber Breaker once stood in Ashley, PA (image courtesy of https://lattimerarchaeology.wordpress.com)

For Immediate Release

Media contact: Bode Morin, 570-963-4804

May 11, 2017

Anthracite Heritage Conference to be held Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Scranton

Scranton — On Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum will host 6th Biennial Anthracite Heritage Conference.  The conference is intended to encourage public interest in, and knowledge about, the Anthracite Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Seven presenters will examine a range of topics associated with the Anthracite Region:

  •  Richard G. Healey, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth, England, “Where Have All the Railroaders Gone?”
  •  Janet Blaum, Attorney-at-Law, “Black Lung: Legal Perspectives.”
  •  Mike Korb, Board Member, Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates, “The Reclamation of McDade Park, the Preservation of the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour, and the Development of the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum.”
  • Mary Kay Kimelewski, Adjunct Faculty, Misericordia University, “The 1943 Anthracite Coal Strike.”
  •  Melissa R. Meade, Doctoral Candidate, Klein College of Media and Communication, Temple University and Founder and Director of the Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania Digital Project, “In the Shadow of ‘King Coal’: Media and Memories of the Anthracite Coal Region.”
  •  Shaunna Barnhart, Director, Place Studies Program, Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment, Bucknell University, “Bucknell’s Coal Region Field Station: University-Community Partnership for Anthracite Community Studies and Revitalization.”
  •  Robert P. Wolensky, Adjunct Professor of History, King’s College, “Studying and Preserving Anthracite Heritage: Closing Comments.”

The conference fee is $25 per person and includes morning and afternoon refreshments, as well as lunch. Student and museum member discounts are available.

The Conference Planning Committee Members include Chester Kulesa, Bode Morin, F. Charles Petrillo, and Robert P. Wolensky.

The program is supported, in part, by a Lackawanna County Arts and Culture grant, a program of Lackawanna County Commissioners Patrick O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings, as well as Lehigh Anthracite Coal, LLC, Richard “Rusty” Taylor, President; the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation; and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Pennsylvania Anthracite Section.

The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum is located in McDade Park, off Keyser Avenue, in Scranton (Exits 182 or 191-B off I-81, and Exit 122, Keyser Avenue, from I-476).  The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 12 noon to 5 pm. For more information or directions, call (570) 963-4804 or visitwww.anthracitemuseum.org

The Anthracite Heritage Museum is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in partnership with the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates.  Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance or accommodations to visit the Museum should call the Museum at 570-963-4804, in advance to discuss their needs.  Pennsylvania TDD relay service is available at (800) 654-5984.

The Anthracite Heritage Museum is one of 25 historic sites and museums administered by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History®. For more information, visit www.PATrailsofHistory.com

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Anthracite Coal Region linked to in New York Times

 

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by Melissa R. Meade

New York Times reporter Michael Cooper linked to our Anthracite Coal Region webpage on which we reported about the work of local Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania artist Bob McCormick. The article is in the Arts section of the April 5  New York Times.

Bob grew up in the same coal patch town as my grandmother in Schuylkill County called Big Mine Run. We spoke about this connection when we had a chance meeting at composer Julia Wolfe’s performance of Anthracite Fields at the Weis Center at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA on Saturday, April 1. Mr. McCormick, the grandson of a coal miner and a railway man, said Ms. Wolfe’s compositions “elevated our ancestors travails to a universal height.” Mr. McCormick also exhibited seven pieces of his art at Ms. Wolfe’s more recent Rider University, Trenton, NJ performances of Anthracite Fields on April 21 and 22.

Julia Wolfe’s haunting and masterful contemporary piece indeed honors our anthracite coal-mining ancestors including those who were child laborers called “breaker boys.”  Ms. Wolfe won the Pulitzer Prize for this piece and has since won a MacArthur Genius Grant. I had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Wolfe that day in Lewisburg. The composer told me that she is particularly touched to bring the work back to Pennsylvania amongst the people to whom it means the most because at each performance she meets people with connections to the mines.

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