Mary Severn – The postmistress of Mahanoy City

When Captain Edwin Severn died in 1872, Mary Severn stepped into the role of Postmaster of Mahanoy City.

Letters from War – A note from the front lines to a World War I veteran in Pine Grove – February 1945

In a February 1945 letter to Harper Updegrave, Irvin Schwartz stated his intention to join the American Legion once he returned home from war.

In 1842, Irish immigrants in Schuylkill County began an international war of words over slavery in America

In 1842, a group of Irish immigrants in Schuylkill County came together to oppose their countrymen's call for racial equality and an end to slavery in the US.

An account of Irvin Schwartz’s participation in the Battle of Dom Bütgenbach – December 21, 1944

A 1990 study by a defense contractor details the experiences of Irvin Schwartz and his comrades in the hellish Battle of Dom Bütgenbach in 1944.

“For my age I’m doing well” – Charles Kershner remembers his life in Schuylkill County

In the final part of this 1927 interview, Charles Kershner reviews his life, his marriage, and his health as an active 79-year-old Civil War veteran.

Photographs from the 1930s show a ramshackle mining operation on outskirts of Mount Carmel

These 1938 photographs by Sheldon Dick show a landscape destroyed by mining and the efforts of local residents to survive the Great Depression.

Letters From War – The Battle of Dom Bütgenbach, December 21, 1944

In as much detail as he could get by US Army censors, Irvin Schwartz describes his unit's action in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.

Charles Kershner describes Pottsville in the 1850s and details his service in the US Army after the Civil War

In part two of this interview from 1927, Charles Kershner reveals his experiences on the western frontier with the 5th United States Cavalry.

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.