Mining History Month

A group of anthracite miners before their work day begins. (Source: http://explorepahistory.com) Schedule of Events, January 2017 Contact Name: Prof. Bob Wolensky, Anthracite Heritage Foundation and King’s College Contact Phone: 715 252 6742; email: rwolensk@gmail.com  A regional observance of Mining History Month will take place between January 7-29, 2017, at programs in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Pittston, Plymouth,…

Anthracite Coal Region Poetry Round Up

As many of you know, from time to time I find, read, and record poetry written by local poets about their experiences living in and experiencing the Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania for all of us to appreciate. For our last Friday in August 2016, I am including a “Poetry Round Up” of these recordings. Going…

Plymouth’s Gaylord Mine Disaster

We thank Steve Konrad for sharing this story and photo with us. Recently, Steve Konrad from the Plymouth Historical Society in the Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania submitted some new photos to add to a previous post he submitted. Steve writes, “I have been doing some additional research on Plymouth’s Gaylord Mine Disaster, that…

Coal Region: A Local Artist

The newest initiative of the Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania is to collect to add local voices to this Coal Region project vis-à-vis our new hashtag #‎MyCoalRegion. To help to shape understanding of the history, culture, and media representations of the Greater Anthracite Region and make sure your town/area is represented, please share a picture/pictures of…

1902 Anthracite Coal Strike

Background Leading Up to the Coal Strike The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) became prominent in the late 1890s after a series of immigrant-led protests. One such protest, the 1897 walkout of adolescent mule drivers, culminated in the Lattimer Massacre in September of 1897. Subsequent strikes in 1898 and 1899 asked for the abolition of…

Skies Over Schuylkill County – Aerial Photography 3

(Third in a series)   In previous posts we shared with you two sets of aerial images: the borough of St. Clair, PA and a coal mine at Raven Run, PA. Today we we provide several close-ups showing how Pottsville, PA looked in the 1930s. We enlarged these images from a single aerial photo of Pottsville, PA…

Skies Over Schuylkill County – Aerial Photography 2

(Second in a series) We previously shared with you the first in what will be a series of aerial photos taken over Schuylkill County in the 1930s. That St. Clair PA image pictured the town and nearby Pottsville, PA from thousands of feet in the air. The special Dallin Aerial Survey Company plane, (shown at left),…

Skies Over Schuylkill County – Aerial Photography 1

(First in a series)   The Dallin Aerial Survey Company made several fly-overs of Schuylkill County in the 1930s. They specialized in photographing business and industry, as well as city and town views. We share some of images results here. In this first post in a series of posts, their single-engine plane flew over St.…

Photographer of the Mines: Pottsville’s George Bretz

First in a series about the photographer and his work We have shared a number of heartbreaking photographs of breaker boys taken by visitors to the Anthracite Region on our Facebook page and we even did an initial blog post on such an image. Binding to our cultural memory, these images have been valuable to understanding…