The Official Historical Society of Schuylkill County

Time Travel to Joyce’s Café                                                             J.R. Zane When I drive back into Pottsville from Route 61 heading west in my old Ford Pinto Wagon, it is not unusual to move slowly on East Norwegian Street as I approach Centre Read more…


Highway 61 Revisited J. R. Zane I often drive my old Pinto wagon on Route 61.  The Pinto is the car that takes me further but not farther than any other car.  I travel a lot between Pottsville and Schuylkill Read more…


It’s July, time to sit back and relax. It’s time for some (very) light reflections on Schuylkill County’s past.  Maybe you can read this old story published years ago in the Pottsville Free Press on your Kindle  while you are Read more…


  Time Travel to Schuylkill Haven J.R. Zane My time travels are not limited to the city of Pottsville as my old Ford Pinto wagon takes me further back in time to other Schuylkill County communities as well.  For instance Read more…


Time Travel to the Rettig Brewery and Residence J.R. Zane With the arrival of Spring I rolled down my car window and drove down along Pottsville’s West Market Street passing some of the forgotten buildings of the city.  Soon my Read more…


The Rajneeshpuram –  Schuylkill County Connection J.R. Zane My son recently recommended the six-part TV documentary series, Wild Wild Country on Netflix.  The show revolves around a mystic cult led by Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh who promised inner peace Read more…


Time travel to the Heblick mansion! J.R. Zane What a ride!  Pottsville’s 317 South Centre Street is the southern twin of those two majestic red brick mansion houses across from Union Station perched high on the hill.  As I drove Read more…


February is designated as “Black History Month” and the SCHS’s latest newsletter contains articles on World War I county soldiers who faced discrimination in armed services. Maybe you have read the articles, if not, please do. Also, we are always Read more…


Philadelphia Eagles’ Schuylkill County Connection J.R. Zane The Philadelphia Eagles are having a GREAT season this year and most of us wish the team the best of luck in the January play-offs ( even though the Eagles are considered by Read more…


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…