Amid a smallpox epidemic in Schuylkill County, a newspaper editor threw up their hands at those who refused to be vaccinated, despite very real danger.
As Pottsville rapidly expanded in the 1820s, it was missing something important: beer
And a German immigrant with a (now) famous last name raced to Schuylkill County to quench the city's thirst for suds.
Thanksgiving Day in Schuylkill County – 1864
A detailed description of how Schuylkill County celebrated Thanksgiving as the Civil War reached its climax.
“Richmond has fallen! Richmond is ours!” – A victory poem from April 1865
Claude Merchant's April 1865 poem summed up the feelings in Pottsville, Pennsylvania after the Confederate capital fell to US forces.
“A glance at Pottsville” – A description of the Schuylkill County seat from 1866
A Brooklyn Daily Eagle reporter made a stop in the Schuylkill County seat in the summer of 1866.
Eugene V. Debs – A 1906 speech in Pottsville’s Union Hall
In September 1906, the leader of the Socialist Party of America gave a speech before a large audience in Schuylkill County.
“Give all men a chance and fair play” – Frederick Douglass in Pottsville
Frederick Douglass gave two speeches in Pottsville, Pennsylvania in October 1867.
Pottsville teachers resign to head south and open school for freedpeople – February 1867
Fannie Couch and Hannah Streeper prepared to leave Schuylkill County to teach black students in Tennessee in 1867.
Coal Region mother sought help from Clara Barton after the Civil War
Private Thomas Hudson disappeared during the Civil War. His mother set out to find out what happened to her son.
A Pottsville editor’s letter to Abraham Lincoln in support of the Emancipation Proclamation
Editor Benjamin Bannan vehemently supported the end of slavery in the summer of 1862.