In 1837, residents of three Pennsylvania counties filed petitions seeking to form their own county called "Lykens." Their efforts were unsuccessful.
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.
“Wait! Watch! Pray!” – The Cuban Missile Crisis
How did one small Coal Region community - Pine Grove - react to the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962?
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.
“147,000 ordered to strike” – The beginning of the 1902 anthracite coal strike
The leader of the United Mine Workers of America addressed the miners of the Coal Region on May 10, 1902.
Mueller Report highlights Russian misuse of Pennsylvania’s mining legacy to divide in 2016
Robert Mueller's report cited Russians use of mining culture to divide Pennsylvanians during 2016 election
“Wide Awake” in Tremont – Campaigning for Lincoln in the Coal Region in 1860
In the autumn of 1860, the Wide Awakes swept over Schuylkill County.
Fuel for Union victory – An 1861 U.S. Navy contract for anthracite coal
Pennsylvania anthracite became the exclusive fuel source for the U.S. Navy during the Civil War.
“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.
When the Klan came to Williams Valley – 1924
A recent visit to a cemetery in Schuylkill County inspired an examination of a dark chapter of local history.