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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…


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…