Author Stephen Crane made a visit to a coal mine near Scranton in 1894 for an article in McClure's Magazine.
“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.
“Among the Pennsylvania coal-strikers” – A dispatch from the 1902 Coal Strike
This dispatch from the 1902 Coal Strike eloquently describes the battle lines as the strike entered its pivotal fifth month.
Scranton newsboys pleaded for face masks at the peak of the 1918 pandemic
As the 1918 pandemic reached its peak in Scranton, PA, the city's newsboys had a fascination with face masks.
“It’s your life at stake all the time” – A paratrooper from the Coal Region on D-Day
Private Jack Robins jumped into Normandy with the 101st Airborne Division on D-Day.
“The most populous and thrifty town in northern Pennsylvania” – Scranton in 1861
A profile of Scranton in 1861 describes a rapidly industrializing community on the eve of the Civil War.
“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.
Frederick Douglass in Scranton – November 1867
Frederick Douglass used his speech in Scranton to criticize Andrew Johnson, a racist president he viewed as a despot.
Trove of panoramic maps of Pennsylvania online via the State Archives
A recent comment on our blog pointed out an amazing resource made available by the Pennsylvania State Archives.
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.