The Official Historical Society of Schuylkill County

O (Schuylkill) Christmas Tree! Some historians hold that the first White House Christmas tree was brought by President Franklin Pierce in 1856.  Others dispute that stating that Christmas was not a national holiday until President Grant declared it so in Read more…


SCHS Thanksgiving Story: “The year that Pottsville celebrated three Thanksgivings” “It is eminently right and proper that all good Pottsvillians should join in this display of further reason for thanksgiving, because of the many blessings which have been bestowed on Read more…


On August 10, 1797, a weary traveling salesman on his way from the Reading area to the Catawissa Valley stopped at the tavern of John Reich for an overnight stay.  The tavern was an old log home situated on the Read more…


On my daily commute within Schuylkill County I often time-travel, leaving the present for the past or sometimes the future.  Traveling northwardly into Pottsville from Mount Carbon I pass a district commercial parking lot at 430 South Centre Street.  Most Read more…


Society Happenings in September The Board of Directors of the Society met on Wednesday evening September 13th. Many topics were discussed, especially the upcoming events.  On Tuesday evening the Third Brigade Band will give a performance benefitting the Society to Read more…


September 10 Jay Zane, President of the SCHS, will be hosting the annual Charles Baber Cemetery History walk on Sunday September 10 at 3 (walk will actually start about 3:10). Location is 14th and West Market Street Pottsville.