Pittston's young men mobilized for action one week after the attack on Fort Sumter in April 1861.
A women reporter documents the lives and struggles of working class women on the outskirts of Hazleton in 1900.
Early industrialist and political power broker Charles Miner describes the opportunity for the future of the mining industry in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
In November 1938, the Pittston Gazette published an editorial calling for a reconsideration of America's strict immigration policies.
"ABOLISH SLAVERY" - A remarkable letter from an Irish-American soldier in the Civil War and his evolving anti-slavery beliefs.
In 1897, a former breaker boy penned a poem in remembrance of the child laborers of the Coal Region.
Not everyone in Hazleton, Pennsylvania marked Decoration Day (Memorial Day) with reverence and solemnity. The holiday, designed to honor the sacrifices of Civil War veterans who perished during the conflict, had been regularly celebrated in Pennsylvania since 1868. On Decoration Day 1889, some in the Luzerne County city "imbibed too freely" and ended up in … Continue reading “Decoration Day Drunks” – Hazleton residents who imbibed too freely on the holiday to honor Civil War veterans
On December 18, 1869, six people were killed when a mine cave-in swallowed their homes in Luzerne County.
In September 1862, Irish immigrants living near Scranton rose up to resist efforts to enroll local men for the draft and service in the Civil War.
Writer Susan Dickinson provided the New York Herald with vivid updates of the 1874 Empire Mine Fire.