When the Civil War broke out in 1861, the bravery and courage of the volunteer soldiers of Schuylkill County immediately became the stuff of legends. The famed "First Defenders," a group that included a sizable number of men from Pottsville and surrounding communities, were among the first to arrive in Washington to protect the United … Continue reading “Our Pottsville Volunteers” – A song about Schuylkill County’s brave Civil War soldiers
"ABOLISH SLAVERY" - A remarkable letter from an Irish-American soldier in the Civil War and his evolving anti-slavery beliefs.
A caustic letter by a Schuylkill County native in Seattle complained of mask requirement in the city. But their letter missed the mark.
The teachers from the Pottsville Freedmen's Relief Association penned a letter home to Pennsylvania in March 1867.
In December 1866, a committee was formed in Pottsville that sought to fund and carry out education for former slaves in the war-torn South.
A recent comment on our blog pointed out an amazing resource made available by the Pennsylvania State Archives.
Editor Benjamin Bannan vehemently supported the end of slavery in the summer of 1862.
Penn State University hosts a webpage that provides easy access to Annual Report of Mines from 1870 to 1979.
On July 4, 1876, George Chambers addressed a crowd and explored the history of Pottsville and its surrounding communities.