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.
Jim Gaffigan’s Coal Region connections featured on “Finding Your Roots” on PBS
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and comedian Jim Gaffigan explored Gaffigan's family connection to the Coal Region on "Finding Your Roots"
A powerful letter on slavery and the Civil War from a one-time resident of Northeastern Pennsylvania
"ABOLISH SLAVERY" - A remarkable letter from an Irish-American soldier in the Civil War and his evolving anti-slavery beliefs.
“Anarchy and violence” – A St. Patrick’s Day riot in Carbondale – 1845
Peaceful St. Patrick's Day celebrations turned violent in Carbondale in March 1845.
The Archbald Draft Riot of September 1862
In September 1862, Irish immigrants living near Scranton rose up to resist efforts to enroll local men for the draft and service in the Civil War.
“The hour of doom” – The Molly Maguire executions in Pottsville on June 21, 1877
A vivid account of the execution of six "Molly Maguires" at Pottsville on June 21, 1877
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Hazleton – 1899
On March 17, 1899, the citizens of Hazleton poured into the streets to celebrate Irish heritage.
Podcast – Discussing the 1862 uprising in Schuylkill County
We sat down with public historian John Heckman to discuss the 1862 miners' revolt in Schuylkill County.
“Revolutionary Disloyalty” – A coal miners’ rebellion in Schuylkill County during the Civil War
In October 1862, Irish miners in Pennsylvania staged an armed revolt against the government. Their actions foreshadowed even bloodier events.