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
A travel writer vividly described Pottsville and the surrounding region of Schuylkill County in 1852.
Charles H. King Jr. lead seminars about race in America and participated in the Civil Rights movement. He grew up in Schuylkill County.
Author Mark Bulik eloquently describes the labor wars that consumed Schuylkill County in the 1870s.
Schuylkill County was the graveyard of dreams in the 19th century. Failure stalked coal operators at their every move.
Elizabeth Ellet documented a trip to the Coal Region in her book, "Rambles about the country."
Doris Kearns Goodwin's book "Leadership in Turbulent Times" looks at Theodore Roosevelt and the 1902 coal strike.
"Dear Ma" reveals the letters of a Civil War soldier from Schuylkill County.
After more than 150 years, a regimental history finally tells the story of this Coal Region regiment.
A visit to the Coal Region in the 19th century could be an overwhelming and memorable experience.