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.

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.

A colorized postcard of the West Shenandoah Colliery

This image from Schuylkill County is among the new additions to the Wynning History image collection.

Fire at Kalmia Colliery in Schuylkill County nearly claimed lives – December 1871

On December 1, 1871, the Kalmia Colliery breaker burned to the ground, nearly killing a night crew of workers trapped inside by the fumes.

A bit of Thanksgiving perspective from the pandemic of 1918

An editorial from a newspaper in Pottsville during the 1918 pandemic reminds us to be thankful for life amid a time of death.

Thanksgiving Day in Schuylkill County – 1864

A detailed description of how Schuylkill County celebrated Thanksgiving as the Civil War reached its climax.

Scenes in a Coal Region bar room – 1938

Photographer Sheldon Dick made a visit to the Coal Region in 1938 to document scenes of life and work in the mining towns of northern Schuylkill County. On an evening during his visit, Dick made a swing by a bar room in Gilberton, Pennsylvania and snapped three photographs that bring the setting to life. The … Continue reading Scenes in a Coal Region bar room – 1938