“Our Pottsville Volunteers” – A song about Schuylkill County’s brave Civil War soldiers

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

A powerful letter on slavery and the Civil War from a one-time resident of Northeastern Pennsylvania

"ABOLISH SLAVERY" - A remarkable letter from an Irish-American soldier in the Civil War and his evolving anti-slavery beliefs.

“The mask epidemic” – A native of Schuylkill County in Seattle during the 1918 influenza pandemic

A caustic letter by a Schuylkill County native in Seattle complained of mask requirement in the city. But their letter missed the mark.

“Our work in the school room” – Letter from the Pottsville teachers in Tennessee – March 1867

The teachers from the Pottsville Freedmen's Relief Association penned a letter home to Pennsylvania in March 1867.

“Heroic cause of education” – Pottsville established a “Freedmen’s Relief Association” in 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.