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Fire at Kalmia Colliery in Schuylkill County nearly claimed lives – December 1871

On December 1, 1871, the Kalmia Colliery breaker burned to the ground, nearly killing a night crew of workers trapped inside by the fumes.

“Among the Pennsylvania coal-strikers” – A dispatch from the 1902 Coal Strike

This dispatch from the 1902 Coal Strike eloquently describes the battle lines as the strike entered its pivotal fifth month.

Letters from War – Reflections on D-Day and the fighting in Normandy, June 1944

Pfc. Irvin Schwartz wrote home to Schuylkill County in June 1944 to celebrate the work of his hometown newspaper in their coverage of D-Day.

A bit of Thanksgiving perspective from the pandemic of 1918

An editorial from a newspaper in Pottsville during the 1918 pandemic reminds us to be thankful for life amid a time of death.

Thanksgiving Day in Schuylkill County – 1864

A detailed description of how Schuylkill County celebrated Thanksgiving as the Civil War reached its climax.

Letters from War – The first letter from the battlefields of Normandy, June 1944

Pfc. Schwartz writes from Normandy in the weeks after the D-Day landings about what he'd read in his hometown newspaper in Pennsylvania.

A Thanksgiving sermon in the aftermath of the 1902 Coal Strike

Rev. John Hensyl spoke to a packed crowd in Shenandoah's Presbyterian Church about poverty on Thanksgiving Day 1902.

Letters from War – A powerful Memorial Day letter on the eve of D-Day, 1944

In this remarkable letter, Pfc. Irvin Schwartz reflects on the meaning of Memorial Day on the eve of D-Day and his first experience in combat.

A 1938 editorial from the Coal Region urged loosening of immigration restrictions for refugees

In November 1938, the Pittston Gazette published an editorial calling for a reconsideration of America's strict immigration policies.