The Official Historical Society of Schuylkill County

June 21, 2017 marks the 140th anniversary of the mass hanging in Pottsville of the six men labelled as ringleaders of the Mollie Maguires.  While it was the largest mass execution in Pennsylvania’s history, it was not the largest mass Read more…


I am taking a pause on history blogging right now.  Today I am blogging about the rainy day at the Society.  Jean Dellock was “on duty” Saturday May 13th and I stopped by to make sure everything was under control. Read more…


by J. R. Zane, SCHS President Earth Day observation nationally began in 1970 led by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and others.  Schuylkill County did not ignore its significance, but the county’s observations were more on the low key side.  In Read more…


In December 1916, when life expectancy for American men was only 50 years, a picturesque “old” man with a white moustache, a goatee and flowing shoulder-length hair, dressed in a fringed buckskin jacket and custom made sombrero-styled hat, boasted that Read more…


Albert Boscov opened the largest of his department stores in Schuylkill County in August 1974.  It had been planned to be opened for several years but first tons of earth had to be moved to flatten out the area that Read more…


With President’s Day approaching it is a time to reminisce about the first time a President of the United States visited Schuylkill County.  The day was October 20, 1952.  Maybe you can reminisce but I can’t as I was not Read more…


Greetings and happy new year from the Board of Directors of the County Historical Society. My New Year resolution is to have regular blog articles on the website. My articles will touch on activity within the society as well as Read more…


Antique Appraisal Evening with George Blum


Saturday, November 12th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.