“The old story” – A short editorial on opposition to vaccines and its consequences… from Pottsville in 1903

Amid a smallpox epidemic in Schuylkill County, a newspaper editor threw up their hands at those who refused to be vaccinated, despite very real danger.

The completion of Williamstown Tunnel – 1873

In December 1873, a 4,000 foot tunnel was completed through Big Lick Mountain in Dauphin County. Williamstown Tunnel opened up Bear Valley for profitable coal mining.

Letters from War – Sergeant Schwartz discusses his position in the US Army after the war – Summer 1945

In this letter to to Horace Reber, Irvin Schwartz reveals why he turned down a promotion and his travels through post-war Germany.

Letters from War – Sergeant Schwartz’s farewell to General Eisenhower – June 1945

In the weeks after VE Day in the spring of 1945, General Eisenhower returned to the US. Sergeant Schwartz penned a farewell to his "supreme commander."

A Civil War soldier learns of his brother’s death from typhoid fever – 1863

George Keiser died of typhoid fever in 1863. He was 17 and had just returned from service in the Pennsylvania militia during the Civil War.

Letters from War – Two letters written on the eve of the first anniversary of D-Day – June 1945

A year after Irvin Schwartz first experienced combat on D-Day, he reflected on the first anniversary of the important date.

Photographs show makeshift emergency hospital in Lykens, Pennsylvania during 1918 pandemic

These incredible photographs show the tent field hospital set up in Lykens during the darkest month in American history.

Letters from War – Irvin Schwartz’s V-E Day letter to the West Schuylkill Press-Herald – May 8, 1945

Staff Sergeant Irvin Schwartz's letter home on May 8, 1945 reflected on the end of World War II in the European Theatre.

“Night of Horrors” – Schuylkill County natives who survived the Johnstown Flood in May 1889

These former residents of the Coal Region faced death as a wall of water smashed the city of Johnstown to splinters on the afternoon of May 31, 1889.