Schuylkill County’s Civil War veterans signed resolutions supporting American entrance into World War I – April 1917

The aging veterans who were the first to arrive at the US Capitol in April 1861 pledged their loyalty to the Union once more as America entered World War I.

How Pottsville commemorated the first anniversary of the Confederate army’s surrender – 1866

Parades, speeches, and way too much alcohol characterize how Schuylkill County marked the one year anniversary of the Civil War's end.

“Children of the Coal Shadow” – A haunting report about the children of the Coal Region from 1903

A gripping, harrowing story documents the lives and struggles of Coal Region children shortly after the Great Coal Strike of 1902.

Letters from War – Receiving mail from friends and fellow servicemembers on the front line in Belgium (delayed) – 1945

A letter from the front lines in Belgium as the Battle of the Bulge raged in January 1945.

Photographs from the 1930s show a ramshackle mining operation on outskirts of Mount Carmel

These 1938 photographs by Sheldon Dick show a landscape destroyed by mining and the efforts of local residents to survive the Great Depression.

Letters From War – The Battle of Dom Bütgenbach, December 21, 1944

In as much detail as he could get by US Army censors, Irvin Schwartz describes his unit's action in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.

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.

Letters from War – Battlefield promotion and war souvenirs, December 1944

The West Schuylkill Press-Herald announced Irvin Schwartz's promotion to corporal in December 1944 and that Schwartz's family received war souvenirs from Europe.

Letters from War – “Our Battle for Aachen,” 1944

Irvin Schwartz's vivid description in a letter home to Schuylkill County describes the horror of the Battle of Aachen in October 1944.

Letters from War – Holiday greetings from the front lines in Nazi Germany, November 1944

Desperate to share Christmas cheer and hopes for a happy New Year, Pfc. Irvin Schwartz wished holiday greetings to friends and family through the newspaper.