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Memorial Day during the Pandemic                         J.R. Zane While attendance at Memorial Day ceremonies in various communities lessened over the years, 2020 will be the year of absolutely no public gathering due to the pandemic.  However, there are still ways Read more…


Researched by Patrick McKinney “Dilution is the solution to pollution” was the mantra for decades as throughout the United States waterways were deemed easy ways to get rid of pollutants from garbage to chemicals.  The Schuylkill River, with headwaters here Read more…


In an election year a deadly contagious virus crept into the country from overseas.  A few ships that held both seriously ill passengers as well as some corpses were anchored offshore.  Doctors at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore urged Read more…


                                    Francis J. Ginther: Prisoner in North Korea                                                                         J.R. Zane With communist North Korea capturing news headlines over the past several years, many may have forgotten the news headlines from 50 years ago which had a definite North Read more…


Time Travel to Biehl’s Electronics by Jay Zane Driving south on Centre Street in Pottsville towards Mount Carbon, catty-corner from the Centre Street Hardware Store, I spotted Kelly Printing in the glare of my headlights.  I was listening to a Read more…


                          The Luther Mansion at 5th and Mahantongo                                                    J. R. Zane I took my Pinto “Esquire” wagon out on the road again.  You know…the car that goes the furthest but not the farthest…my personal time travel road Read more…


Happenings at the Museum Jay Zane Many personnel changes occurred during the month of December.  The Board of Directors bid farewell to loyal long-time member, Richard Tomko, a former St. Clair and Blue Mountain American Government high school educator.  Additionally, Read more…


1956 Shenandoah Christmas Memories                                                             J.R. Zane “A time it was, and what a time it was, it was a time of innocence…a time of confidences”-                                                                                                                 Simon & Garfunkel, Bookends In our Society’s newsletter, available to members, there is Read more…


The Forgotten Warne Hospital J.R. Zane Taking my Pinto wagon for a drive once again, I headed up Mahantongo Street and approached the corner of Second Street.  The tape in my cassette player got twisted so I pulled over in Read more…


What’s New in the Museum? J.R. Zane, President SCHS The Historical Society currently is featuring an exhibit on the Spanish Flu pandemic that swept the world one hundred years ago this month. Schuylkill County, being part of the world, was Read more…