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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…


Erasing History In 1975 Democratic Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr., an avowed segregationist introduced a resolution in the United States Senate to restore General Robert E. Lee’s citizenship. The resolution was seconded by Democratic Senator Hubert H. Humphrey, a liberal Read more…


It was announced at the Board of Directors meeting of August 9th that the legendary Third Brigade Band will perform a concert on behalf of the Society’s World War I Exhibit on Tuesday September 19th. The concert will be at Read more…


Your Society has been hopping lately.  The World War I Exhibit is getting great reviews. Mary Ann Lubinsky, the Society’s social media czarina, had a photo of the WWI exhibit outdoor sign gain about 50 shares on Facebook.  Please stop Read more…


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…