In this short episode of "The Gazette," we follow the Luzerne County soldiers in the 8th Pennsylvania Infantry to their camp near Chambersburg.
Letters from War – A letter from an army hospital describing wounds received in Germany – 1945
German artillery shells struck down Sergeant Irvin Schwartz on February 27, 1945. He wrote home to his parents to comfort them that he wasn't severely wounded.
Letters from War – On the train to Camp Shelby, Mississippi in May 1943
This is part of our “Letters from War” series documenting the World War II letters of Irvin Schwartz of Pine Grove, PA. The letters were all published in the West Schuylkill Press-Herald between 1943 and 1945. Read the prologue here Irvin Schwartz and five hundred other young American boys shook and rattled their way across … Continue reading Letters from War – On the train to Camp Shelby, Mississippi in May 1943
A Coal Region editorial on the frightening new world created by the atomic bomb – August 1945
The editors of the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader warned readers on August 7, 1945 that the atomic destruction of Hiroshima opened a dangerous new age.
“Big Change Now At Hand” – The Coal Region in the late 1920s
In May 1929, some of the anthracite industry believed mining was about to make a comeback. They were wrong.
“Wait! Watch! Pray!” – The Cuban Missile Crisis
How did one small Coal Region community - Pine Grove - react to the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962?
Coal Region responses to the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter – April 1861
Patriotism took over Pennsylvania's Coal Region in the wake of the bombardment of Fort Sumter in April 1861.
“Coal Castles” – Online resource links to images of Schuylkill County coal mines
Check out this compiled online list of Schuylkill County mining operations
“A Copperhead outrage” – An attack on a pro-Union newspaper in Schuylkill County during the Civil War
In June 1864, the offices of the Anthracite Journal in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania were ransacked by an angry mob.
“All honor to the ladies” – The women of Williams Valley cast their first vote
On November 2, 1920, the women of Williams Valley cast their first ballots under the 19th Amendment.