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.
A Civil War soldier learns of his brother’s death from typhoid fever – 1863
George Keiser died of typhoid fever in 1863. He was 17 and had just returned from service in the Pennsylvania militia during the Civil War.
Photographs show makeshift emergency hospital in Lykens, Pennsylvania during 1918 pandemic
These incredible photographs show the tent field hospital set up in Lykens during the darkest month in American history.
Two new additions to the Wynning History image archive show scenes in Pottsville and Wiconisco
These photographs show Coal Region communities in the first decade of the 20th century.
“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.
Advertisements for businesses in and around Lykens, Pennsylvania – February 1872
These newspaper ads appeared in the Lykens Register in February 1872.
Grudge Match: Lykens and Williamstown football teams dueled for championship in remarkable 1904 game
The game ended in a scoreless tie. But that doesn't mean the circumstances surrounding this game aren't fascinating.
Four Christmases – Holiday excerpts from Henry Keiser’s Civil War diary
Four diary entries from the Civil War document the evolution of holiday experiences of a soldier from Pennsylvania's Coal Region.
“Only Hoover is Big Enough” – A Lykens newspaper’s editorial on the eve of the 1932 election
The Lykens Standard voiced support for President Herbert Hoover and called the campaign against him illegitimate.
A colorized postcard of Millersburg, Pennsylvania
This newly acquired postcard shows Millersburg, Pennsylvania and the wide Susquehanna River as it winds through the mountains.