Letters from War – The West Schuylkill Press-Herald reports on a soldier’s 1944 visit to war-time London

The West Schuylkill Press-Herald summarized what Irvin Schwartz reported seeing in the bomb-damaged capital of Great Britain in March 1944.

“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.

A colorized postcard of Millersburg, Pennsylvania

This newly acquired postcard shows Millersburg, Pennsylvania and the wide Susquehanna River as it winds through the mountains.

Letters from War – A report about British newspapers in February 1944

As one of the war-time correspondents for the "Press-Herald," Irvin Schwartz described what British newspapers looked like.

Letters from War – Irvin Schwartz welcomed New Year 1944 with the hope that it meant Allied victory

Irvin Schwartz looked forward to 1944 as being the year that he hoped would see the end of World War II.

An 1835 visit to the mines at Wiconisco Township

In 1834 and 1835, a scientist named Constantine Samuel Rafinesque traveled widely through Pennsylvania in order to document the geology and biology of the Keystone State. In the spring of 1835, the Turkish-born polymath traveled north from Harrisburg aboard canal boats alongside the Susquehanna River to Millersburg. In his book, A Life of Travels, Rafinesque details … Continue reading An 1835 visit to the mines at Wiconisco Township

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

Letters from War – A powerfully written letter on Christmas Day, 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 previous letter here Somewhere in England Christmas Day, 1943 5:30 PM Dear. Mr. Reber: Shadows are falling, … Continue reading Letters from War – A powerfully written letter on Christmas Day, 1943