Letters from War – On the train to Camp Shelby, Mississippi in May 1943

Irvin Schwartz and five hundred other young American boys shook and rattled their way across America from New Cumberland, Pennsylvania to Camp Shelby, Mississippi in May 1943. The 18-year-old former reporter for the West Schuylkill Press-Herald documented the journey and his first days in a sprawling US Army training camp. This was the first letter that … Continue reading Letters from War – On the train to Camp Shelby, Mississippi in May 1943

Letters from War – Irvin Schwartz’s Farewell Column for the West Schuylkill Press in 1943

In this prologue to our "Letters from War" series, newspaper columnist Irvin Schwartz pens his farewell 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.

A Nazi propaganda magazine from 1945 featured photographs of a Schuylkill County mining operation

A soldier from Schuylkill County was stunned when he found photographs from the Pennsylvania Coal Region in a magazine published in Nazi Germany.

A 1918 Public Service Announcement: “Influenza: How To Avoid It – How To Treat Those Who Have It”

An October 1918 PSA from the Pennsylvania state government told residents how to avoid pandemic influenza, or if necessary, how to treat it.