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Ukrainian Relief Day in Schuylkill County in 1917 and where you can donate today

American relief efforts for Ukrainian war refugees in 2022 echoes a previous campaign in Schuylkill County during World War I.

“In the Depths of a Coal Mine” – Stephen Crane’s 1894 visit to Pennsylvania’s Coal Region

Author Stephen Crane made a visit to a coal mine near Scranton in 1894 for an article in McClure's Magazine.

“Holiday Greetings” – A December 1944 advertisement for Stegmaier Brewery wished customers a “Victorious New Year”

A patriotic, holiday-themed beer advertisement from the Wilkes-Barre-based Stegmaier Brewing Company appeared in December 1944.

Irvin Schwartz’s first sports column after returning from World War II – November 1945

Irvin Schwartz returns to his pre-war beat as the sports reporter for Pine Grove High School after serving in World War II.

The Final Letter from War – The voyage home from war aboard the USS Mount Vernon, October 1945

In a lengthy final letter from war, Sergeant Schwartz describes his departure from war-torn Europe bound for his home in America.