As we've previously documented here at Wynning History, photographer Sheldon Dick came to the Coal Region in 1938 to photograph the people and places that made up the cultural landscape in this struggling industrial area. Dick centered his efforts for the Farm Security Administration project around the Schuylkill County community of Shenandoah. Read our story … Continue reading Incredible photographs document the Maple Hill mine near Shenandoah in 1938
On May 1, 1916, miners in the Coal Region earned the 8 hour workday, successfully ending decades of advocacy and protest.
Penn State University hosts a webpage that provides easy access to Annual Report of Mines from 1870 to 1979.
Isaac Kunkel photographed the Williamstown Colliery in 1860s and documented the birth of a new town.
Schuylkill County was the graveyard of dreams in the 19th century. Failure stalked coal operators at their every move.
Writer Susan Dickinson provided the New York Herald with vivid updates of the 1874 Empire Mine Fire.
"Anthracite rallies" encouraged miners to produce more coal to help the American war effort in 1942.
In 1906, Admiral Robley D. Evans declared anthracite coal a vital strategic resource and used the Civil War as an example.
Elizabeth Ellet documented a trip to the Coal Region in her book, "Rambles about the country."
Pennsylvania anthracite became the exclusive fuel source for the U.S. Navy during the Civil War.