In 1834 and 1835, a scientist named Constantine Samuel Rafinesque traveled widely through Pennsylvania in order to document the geology and biology of the Keystone State. In the spring of 1835, the Turkish-born polymath traveled north from Harrisburg aboard canal boats alongside the Susquehanna River to Millersburg. In his book, A Life of Travels, Rafinesque details … Continue reading An 1835 visit to the mines at Wiconisco Township
“As tempting…as California” – A traveler’s guide to Pottsville in 1852
A travel writer vividly described Pottsville and the surrounding region of Schuylkill County in 1852.
“Fire in My Bones” – Pottsville native and Civil Rights leader Charles H. King’s memoir
Charles H. King Jr. lead seminars about race in America and participated in the Civil Rights movement. He grew up in Schuylkill County.
“Something more than a river” – The West Branch in “Sons of Molly Maguire”
Author Mark Bulik eloquently describes the labor wars that consumed Schuylkill County in the 1870s.
Failure and bankruptcy loomed over coal operators in 19th century Schuylkill County
Schuylkill County was the graveyard of dreams in the 19th century. Failure stalked coal operators at their every move.
An author’s 1840 visit to Schuylkill County focused on natural beauty, growing coal industry
Elizabeth Ellet documented a trip to the Coal Region in her book, "Rambles about the country."
Coal Region Books: Theodore Roosevelt’s leadership during the 1902 Coal Strike
Doris Kearns Goodwin's book "Leadership in Turbulent Times" looks at Theodore Roosevelt and the 1902 coal strike.
Coal Region Books – Lieutenant Curtis Pollock’s “Dear Ma” letters from the Civil War
"Dear Ma" reveals the letters of a Civil War soldier from Schuylkill County.
“The Coal-heavers” – Reading David Ward’s “96th Pennsylvania Volunteers”
After more than 150 years, a regimental history finally tells the story of this Coal Region regiment.
“Assaults upon the senses” – The sights and sounds of the Coal Region in the 19th century
A visit to the Coal Region in the 19th century could be an overwhelming and memorable experience.