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“As tempting…as California” – A traveler’s guide to Pottsville in 1852

A travel writer vividly described Pottsville and the surrounding region of Schuylkill County in 1852.

A powerful letter on slavery and the Civil War from a one-time resident of Northeastern Pennsylvania

"ABOLISH SLAVERY" - A remarkable letter from an Irish-American soldier in the Civil War and his evolving anti-slavery beliefs.

Letters from War – On the train to Camp Shelby, Mississippi in May 1943

Irvin Schwartz and five hundred other young American boys shook and rattled their way across America from New Cumberland, Pennsylvania to Camp Shelby, Mississippi in May 1943. The 18-year-old former reporter for the West Schuylkill Press-Herald documented the journey and his first days in a sprawling US Army training camp. This was the first letter that … Continue reading Letters from War – On the train to Camp Shelby, Mississippi in May 1943

Letters from War – Irvin Schwartz’s Farewell Column for the West Schuylkill Press in 1943

In this prologue to our "Letters from War" series, newspaper columnist Irvin Schwartz pens his farewell in May 1943.