Parades, speeches, and way too much alcohol characterize how Schuylkill County marked the one year anniversary of the Civil War's end.
Thanksgiving Day in Schuylkill County – 1864
A detailed description of how Schuylkill County celebrated Thanksgiving as the Civil War reached its climax.
A Thanksgiving sermon in the aftermath of the 1902 Coal Strike
Rev. John Hensyl spoke to a packed crowd in Shenandoah's Presbyterian Church about poverty on Thanksgiving Day 1902.
“Due for a comeback?” – An address on the Coal Region on eve of Great Depression
Mining engineer Max Fredericks gave a prediction of a bright future for the anthracite industry the day before the stock market collapsed.
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.
Frederick Douglass in Scranton – November 1867
Frederick Douglass used his speech in Scranton to criticize Andrew Johnson, a racist president he viewed as a despot.
“Give all men a chance and fair play” – Frederick Douglass in Pottsville
Frederick Douglass gave two speeches in Pottsville, Pennsylvania in October 1867.
Port Carbon’s Soldiers Monument – Dedication on July 4, 1906
Port Carbon's Civil War monument was dedicated on July 4, 1906 to much fanfare.
“Historical Sketch of Pottsville” – A speech from July 1876 recalled history of Schuylkill County seat
On July 4, 1876, George Chambers addressed a crowd and explored the history of Pottsville and its surrounding communities.
“We want a vigorous prosecution of the war” – Chaplain calls for hard war against Confederacy in 1863
"I pronounce this rebellion wicked," thundered John Chandler Gregg in a speech given in Wiconisco, Pennsylvania.