Richard Nolen helped build the mining communities of northern Dauphin County. In 1865, he described how much they had changed.
When the Army of Northern Virginia invaded Pennsylvania in June 1863, the coal mines of the Keystone State were left vulnerable.
On November 2, 1920, the women of Williams Valley cast their first ballots under the 19th Amendment.
Catherine Romberger Myers was born in Porter Township in 1840. She spoke to a reporter in 1931 about growing up in pre-industrial Williams Valley.
In 1906, a small valley in Pennsylvania's Coal Region caught a case of baseball fever. The towns were never the same again.
Coal miners across Pennsylvania went on strike in 1902. They couldn't have succeeded without the ladies.
"Good music always has an appeal to most people," wrote a reporter accompanying a Liberty Loan Drive parade through Central Pennsylvania in the early fall of 1918. And in the coal towns of Dauphin County's Williams Valley, the bands and singers were particularly successful in attracting a crowd. On the evening of October 2, 1918, … Continue reading Parade to raise money for World War I brought deadly influenza to Williams Valley in 1918
A writer and his friends rode the Reading Railroad to write a travel guide. They reached the end of the line in Williams Valley.
Baseball fans from Upper Dauphin County gathered in Harrisburg in August 1919 to watch a local hero play for the Cincinnati Reds on City Island.
In Lykens, Pennsylvania the year 1877 was spent in economic desperation after a devastating mine fire.