Golden-tinged memories of Christmas Eve recalled in the dark days of the Civil War – 1861

A writer in Luzerne County penned a beautiful, yet sad, remembrance of Christmas Eves past and the memories they inspired amid a terrible time in the country's history.

Photographs from 1938 document the damage done to homes by mine subsidence in Schuylkill County

Sheldon Dick photographed damaged homes in Gilberton, Schuylkill County in 1938.

Sketches of the Coal Region from 1877

These remarkable sketches show life in the Coal Region during the middle part of the 19th century, a crucial time in the area's history.

“Among the Coal Mines” – A trip into the Coal Region in 1877

In the tumultuous year of 1877, a magazine correspondent visited Mauch Chunk to document life in the Coal Region.

As Pottsville rapidly expanded in the 1820s, it was missing something important: beer

And a German immigrant with a (now) famous last name raced to Schuylkill County to quench the city's thirst for suds.

“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.

“The Mine Mule Affected by the European War” – 1914

In October 1914, war raged on the European continent. In what was then called the "Great War," industrial-scale war was waged on a massive scale for the first time. Americans were paying attention. A commentator for the Pottsville Republican noted a curious thing about the suddenly mechanized armies smashing each other to pulp on the battlefields … Continue reading “The Mine Mule Affected by the European War” – 1914