Charles Kershner describes Pottsville in the 1850s and details his service in the US Army after the Civil War

In part two of this interview from 1927, Charles Kershner reveals his experiences on the western frontier with the 5th United States Cavalry.

Remembering the local emergency response to the Porter Tunnel Disaster – March 1977

On March 1, 1977, water poured into the Porter Tunnel mine in western Schuylkill County. Emergency crews raced to the scene.

Letters from War – No peace for the holidays as the Battle of the Bulge raged, December 1944-January 1945

Irvin Schwartz's letter home to Schuylkill County in January 1945 explained the bleak holidays he spent on the front lines of the Battle of the Bulge.

Charles Miner’s description of the mining industry in Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Valley – 1830 (Part One)

Early industrialist and political power broker Charles Miner describes the opportunity for the future of the mining industry in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Letters from War – A meeting of Schuylkill County natives on the front lines in Europe, December 1944

A letter from Corporal Irvin Schwartz from December 1944 is excerpted in the West Schuylkill Press-Herald.

A vaccination campaign for schoolchildren in Schuylkill County in the 1850s

Medical officials and public school administrators worked together to enforce a mandate that students receive the smallpox vaccine in 1855.

The Coal Region’s economic woes featured in book: “The Year of Peril: America in 1942”

In Tracy Campbell's 2020 book, the author uses the examples from the anthracite coal fields to show how our national myths about World War II often miss the mark.