The completion of Williamstown Tunnel – 1873

In December 1873, a 4,000 foot tunnel was completed through Big Lick Mountain in Dauphin County. Williamstown Tunnel opened up Bear Valley for profitable coal mining.

“Children of the Coal Shadow” – A haunting report about the children of the Coal Region from 1903

A gripping, harrowing story documents the lives and struggles of Coal Region children shortly after the Great Coal Strike of 1902.

Interviews with women during the 1900 Coal Strike reveal details of hardship and struggle in the patch towns near Hazleton

A women reporter documents the lives and struggles of working class women on the outskirts of Hazleton in 1900.

Remembering the local emergency response to the Porter Tunnel Disaster – March 1977

On March 1, 1977, water poured into the Porter Tunnel mine in western Schuylkill County. Emergency crews raced to the scene.

Charles Miner’s description of the mining industry in Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Valley – 1830 (Part One)

Early industrialist and political power broker Charles Miner describes the opportunity for the future of the mining industry in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Coal Region’s economic woes featured in book: “The Year of Peril: America in 1942”

In Tracy Campbell's 2020 book, the author uses the examples from the anthracite coal fields to show how our national myths about World War II often miss the mark.

A colorized postcard of the West Shenandoah Colliery

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

“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.