Caralunas became one of the first soldiers from Schuylkill County to be killed-in-action during World War I.
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.
Silent film footage of a strip mine operation in Schuylkill County, 1917
A filmmaker recorded silent moving images of a strip mine in operation in Schuylkill County in December 1917.
“The mask epidemic” – A native of Schuylkill County in Seattle during the 1918 influenza pandemic
A caustic letter by a Schuylkill County native in Seattle complained of mask requirement in the city. But their letter missed the mark.
Pennsylvania airman training for World War I writes home from his training camp in Texas
Victor Neiman penned a letter home to Lykens, PA from his training camp near San Antonio on December 26, 1917.
Christmastime at War in Harrisburg: 1917
Central Pennsylvania celebrated war-time Christmas in 1917 by welcoming soldiers on leave, big turkey dinners, and plenty of snow.
“All the coal crackers are here together” – Lykens Soldiers Write Home in December 1917
In a series of letters published by the Lykens Standard, we see the lives and perspectives of World War 1 soldiers from Central Pennsylvania.
“The army is a builder of men” – A Pennsylvania Soldier Reflects on Training for World War I
A corporal from Elizabethville, Pennsylvania writes home in December 1917 about training to become a soldier.
“First Lykens Boy Enlisted in World War”
The Lykens Standard reports on Charles Buffington joining the Army in April 1917 while encouraging others to volunteer.
In April 1917, a loose floorboard revealed a letter written in the days after the Battle of Antietam
The letter was written by a soldier from Shamokin, Pennsylvania in September 1862.