During the height of the 1918 influenza epidemic, the women of Central Pennsylvania jumped into action.
Women from the Coal Region volunteered to provide assistance to troops during the First World War.
Undertakers in Harrisburg found their morgues full of flu victims in October 1918 with no way to give them proper burials.
"Good music always has an appeal to most people," wrote a reporter accompanying a Liberty Loan Drive parade through Central Pennsylvania in the early fall of 1918. And in the coal towns of Dauphin County's Williams Valley, the bands and singers were particularly successful in attracting a crowd. On the evening of October 2, 1918, … Continue reading Parade to raise money for World War I brought deadly influenza to Williams Valley in 1918
Victor Neiman penned a letter home to Lykens, PA from his training camp near San Antonio on December 26, 1917.
Central Pennsylvania celebrated war-time Christmas in 1917 by welcoming soldiers on leave, big turkey dinners, and plenty of snow.
In a series of letters published by the Lykens Standard, we see the lives and perspectives of World War 1 soldiers from Central Pennsylvania.
A corporal from Elizabethville, Pennsylvania writes home in December 1917 about training to become a soldier.
The Lykens Standard reports on Charles Buffington joining the Army in April 1917 while encouraging others to volunteer.
The letter was written by a soldier from Shamokin, Pennsylvania in September 1862.