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The Coal Region’s economic woes featured in book: “The Year of Peril: America in 1942”

In Tracy Campbell's 2020 book, the author uses the examples from the anthracite coal fields to show how our national myths about World War II often miss the mark.

How Schuylkill County football fans “watched” the Pottsville Maroon’s 1925 NFL Championship

As the Pottsville Maroons battled to a 1925 NFL Championship victory in Chicago, their loyal fans in Schuylkill County gathered at Pottsville's Hippodrome.

Letters from War – Battlefield promotion and war souvenirs, December 1944

The West Schuylkill Press-Herald announced Irvin Schwartz's promotion to corporal in December 1944 and that Schwartz's family received war souvenirs from Europe.

Jim Gaffigan’s Coal Region connections featured on “Finding Your Roots” on PBS

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and comedian Jim Gaffigan explored Gaffigan's family connection to the Coal Region on "Finding Your Roots"

Two additions to the Wynning History collection show Pottsville in the early 20th century

The images show a general view of Pottsville from Lawton's Hill and a look at the city's Philadelphia and Reading Railroad depot.

Letters from War – “Our Battle for Aachen,” 1944

Irvin Schwartz's vivid description in a letter home to Schuylkill County describes the horror of the Battle of Aachen in October 1944.

Letters from War – Holiday greetings from the front lines in Nazi Germany, November 1944

Desperate to share Christmas cheer and hopes for a happy New Year, Pfc. Irvin Schwartz wished holiday greetings to friends and family through the newspaper.

When Schuylkill County soldiers raced to defend the Capitol in April 1861… and unfortunate modern parallels

In April 1861, soldiers from Pennsylvania's Coal Region raced to defend the US Capitol. 160 years later, some of those scenes repeated themselves.