Ukrainian Relief Day in Schuylkill County in 1917 and where you can donate today

American relief efforts for Ukrainian war refugees in 2022 echoes a previous campaign in Schuylkill County during World War I.

“Holiday Greetings” – A December 1944 advertisement for Stegmaier Brewery wished customers a “Victorious New Year”

A patriotic, holiday-themed beer advertisement from the Wilkes-Barre-based Stegmaier Brewing Company appeared in December 1944.

Irvin Schwartz’s first sports column after returning from World War II – November 1945

Irvin Schwartz returns to his pre-war beat as the sports reporter for Pine Grove High School after serving in World War II.

The Final Letter from War – The voyage home from war aboard the USS Mount Vernon, October 1945

In a lengthy final letter from war, Sergeant Schwartz describes his departure from war-torn Europe bound for his home in America.

Letters from War – Return to the United States delayed by a broken ship propeller, September 1945

A broken down ship becomes all that's standing between Irvin Schwartz and his first visit to the United States since 1943.

Letters from War – Camp San Antonio near Reims, France, September 1945

Sergeant Schwartz writes home to inform his family and friends that he had reentered France on his way home to Pennsylvania.

Letters from War – Beginning the journey home through Germany, September 1945

Sergeant Schwartz begins his slow journey home from war-torn Germany to his hometown in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.