“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.

Scenes in a Coal Region bar room – 1938

Photographer Sheldon Dick made a visit to the Coal Region in 1938 to document scenes of life and work in the mining towns of northern Schuylkill County. On an evening during his visit, Dick made a swing by a bar room in Gilberton, Pennsylvania and snapped three photographs that bring the setting to life. The … Continue reading Scenes in a Coal Region bar room – 1938

A powerful editorial from Pottsville’s black community – 1940

In the summer of 1940, a new minister at Pottsville's Bethel AME Church sought to reach out to the Coal Region's white community for economic cooperation.

Incredible photographs document the Maple Hill mine near Shenandoah in 1938

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