Irvin Schwartz returns to his pre-war beat as the sports reporter for Pine Grove High School after serving in World War II.
Letters from War – Sergeant Schwartz discusses his position in the US Army after the war – Summer 1945
In this letter to to Horace Reber, Irvin Schwartz reveals why he turned down a promotion and his travels through post-war Germany.
The Gazette: Prologue – The Looming Crisis
The first full episode of "The Gazette" examines the coming of the Civil War and the founding of Pittston's newspaper in the 1850s.
An 1865 baseball battle between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton
In October 1865, multiple baseball clubs met in the Wyoming Valley to battle for victory on a makeshift diamond.
In 1842, Irish immigrants in Schuylkill County began an international war of words over slavery in America
In 1842, a group of Irish immigrants in Schuylkill County came together to oppose their countrymen's call for racial equality and an end to slavery in the US.
“Killed all the fish for miles around” – A lament for Coal Region waterways – 1895
The mining industry in Northeastern Pennsylvania destroyed waterways and killed wildlife and its legacy remains with us today.
Letters from War – No peace for the holidays as the Battle of the Bulge raged, December 1944-January 1945
Irvin Schwartz's letter home to Schuylkill County in January 1945 explained the bleak holidays he spent on the front lines of the Battle of the Bulge.
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.
“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.
Letters from War – On the train to Fort Meade, Maryland in October 1943
PFC. Irvin Schwartz describes his trip aboard a troop train across the South to Fort Meade in Maryland in October 1943.