On March 1, 1977, water poured into the Porter Tunnel mine in western Schuylkill County. Emergency crews raced to the scene.
Letters from War – A meeting of Schuylkill County natives on the front lines in Europe, December 1944
A letter from Corporal Irvin Schwartz from December 1944 is excerpted in the West Schuylkill Press-Herald.
Letters from War – The West Schuylkill Press-Herald reports on a soldier’s 1944 visit to war-time London
The West Schuylkill Press-Herald summarized what Irvin Schwartz reported seeing in the bomb-damaged capital of Great Britain in March 1944.
Letters from War – A high school sports pundit from a US Army base in England, January 1944
In a letter written on January 30, 1944, Pfc. Irvin Schwartz opined on high school basketball in his native Schuylkill County.
Letters from War – From the training camps of Mississippi in the summer of 1943
Private Schwartz writes home to Schuylkill County from training camp in Mississippi in the summer fo 1943.
Letters from War – Irvin Schwartz’s Farewell Column for the West Schuylkill Press in 1943
In this prologue to our "Letters from War" series, newspaper columnist Irvin Schwartz pens his farewell in May 1943.
A Nazi propaganda magazine from 1945 featured photographs of a Schuylkill County mining operation
A soldier from Schuylkill County was stunned when he found photographs from the Pennsylvania Coal Region in a magazine published in Nazi Germany.
A story from 1918 reveals chaos as “Spanish flu” raged through Schuylkill County
In early October 1918, pandemic influenza descended on Schuylkill County and left thousands dead.
“Wide Awake” in Tremont – Campaigning for Lincoln in the Coal Region in 1860
In the autumn of 1860, the Wide Awakes swept over Schuylkill County.
A visit to the former site of Kalmia Colliery – Schuylkill County
A recent visit to the site of Kalmia Colliery in Schuylkill County reveals life in an abandoned patch town.