A regional observance of Anthracite Mining Heritage Month will take place during January. Featured are programs to be held in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Dunmore, Pittston, Port Griffith, Plymouth, Dallas, Wyoming and Ashley. The annual event focuses on the history and culture of the anthracite region of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The events are sponsored by the Anthracite Heritage Museum, the Anthracite Heritage Foundation, King’s College, Wilkes University, Marywood University, Misericordia University, the Lackawanna Historical Society, the Luzerne County Historical Society, the Plymouth Historical Society, the Greater Pittston Historical Society, the Huber Breaker Preservation Society, the Knox Mine Disaster Memorial Committee, the Boy Scouts of America-Northeastern PA Council, and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration and its Pennsylvania Anthracite Section.
The public is cordially invited to attend all programs (except the first).
For a full list of events, see pittstonprogress.com.
Boy Scouts of America: Mining in Society Merit Badge
Details: Open to members of the Boy Scouts of America.
Venue: Mulligan Physical Science Center, Room 406, King’s College, 113 W. Jackson St., Wilkes-Barre
Time: Saturday, Jan. 5, 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Penn State Scranton
Details: Screening of the Documentary Film, “Centralia: Pennsylvania’s Lost Town,” (2017), followed by Q and A with Joe Sapienza II of Philadelphia, executive producer and director of the film. The moderator will be Phil Mosley, Penn State Scranton. Refreshments will be served.
Venue: Sherbine Lounge, Study Learning Center, Penn State Scranton, 120 Ridgeview Drive, Dunmore
Time: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Huber Breaker Preservation Society
Details: “Anthracite Mineworkers Speak: Stories and Reflections from Current and Retired Coal Miners” includes speakers Bill Hastie (tentative), Tom Supey, Chester Zaremba and Chris Murley. Moderator will be Bill Best of the society. Refreshments will be served.
Venue: Ashley Fire Hall, 160 Ashley St., Ashley
Time: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Details: “The Lattimer Massacre of 1897: A Radio Broadcast” includes presenter William Bachman, Penn State Wilkes-Barre and moderator Aimee Newell of the society.
Venue: Wyoming Presbyterian Church, 454 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming
Time: Thursday, Jan. 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m.; refreshments
Greater Pittston Historical Society
Details: “Pittston’s Social and Industrial History” includes speakers F. Charles Petrillo (“The North Branch Canal”); Ron Faraday (“The Early Pennsylvania Coal Company”); Tony Brooks (“The Butler Family and Their
Coal Business”); Ed Philbin (“The West Pittston and Exeter Railroad and the Stanton Power Plant”). Moderator will be Julio Caprari from the society, and a welcome will be given by Mayor Mike Lombardo. Refreshments will be served.
Venue: Cosgrove Room, Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St., Pittston
Time: Friday, Jan. 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Details: “Episodes in Anthracite Labor History” with speakers Thomas Mackaman, King’s College (“Labor and Industry in the Early Years of Anthracite”); Anne Flaherty, Kehoe Foundation (“The Molly Maguires: Fact vs. Fiction”); Robert Wolensky, King’s College (“The Industrial Workers of the World—The Wobblies”); Robert Schmidt, Independent Scholar (“Labor, Violence, and Dynamite in Coal Country”). Moderator will be Jamie Costello, King’s College. Refreshments will be served.
Venue: Snyder Room, Student Center, King’s College, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre
Time: Saturday, Jan. 12, 7 to 9 p.m.
Details: “Four Major Anthracite Mining Disasters” includes speakers Richard Fitzsimmons, Independent Scholar, (“Twin Shaft Disaster, 1896-Pittston”); Charles Kumpas, Independent Scholar (“Pancoast Disaster, 1911-Scranton”); Thomas Mackaman, King’s College (“Baltimore Tunnel Disaster, 1919-Wilkes-Barre”); Bryan Glahn, Northwest Area High School (“Knox Disaster, 1959-Port Griffith”). Moderator will be Mary Ann Savakinas of the society. Refreshments will be served.
Venue: Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton
Time: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
King’s College and The Anthracite
Details: “The Annual Monsignor John J. Curran Lecture,” during which artist Sue Hand will show and discuss images from her latest creative project on anthracite breakers, “Coal Breaker Communities: Faded Memories.” Moderator will be Robert Wolensky, King’s College, and commentators will be Joe Husty, Bill Best, and Bill Hastie (tentative). Refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, King’s College, North River and West Union streets, Wilkes-Barre
Time: Thursday, Jan. 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Details: “Meet the Artist” is a public reception to meet artist Sue Hand and view her latest art creations on anthracite breakers, “Coal Breaker Communities: Faded Memories.”
Venue: Widmann Art Gallery, Student Center, King’s College, 133 N. River Street, Wilkes-Barre.
Time: Friday, Jan. 18, 6 to 8 p.m.
Details: “Major Environmental Issues in Anthracite Country” with speakers Robert Hughes, EPCAMR, Ashley (“Mapping Surface and Underground Mines and Mine Pools throughout NePa”); William Conlogue, Marywood University (“On Unstable Grounds: Mine Subsidence in the Anthracite Region”); and Craig Robertson, Groundwater Sciences Corp., Harrisburg, (“The Butler Mine Tunnel Contamination in Pittston”). Moderator will be
Jeremy Rich, Marywood University. Refreshments will be served.
Venue: Swartz Center B, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton
Time: Friday, Jan. 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Anthracite Heritage Museum
Details: “The Annual Knox Mine Disaster Commemorative Program — The 60th Anniversary” will feature presenters David Brocca and Albert Brocca showing excerpts from their documentary, “The Knox Mine Disaster;” and William Lukasik speaking on “Knox Disaster Photography from the Lukasik Studio.” Music is by Jimmy Waltich. Mining Memorabilia is by Mike Mostardi. Moderator will be John Fielding of the museum. Refreshments will be served.
Venue: Anthracite Heritage Museum, 22 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton
Time: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Annual Knox Mine Disaster Mass
Venue: St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church, Pittston, 35 William St., Pittston
Time: Saturday, Jan. 20, 9 a.m.
Annual Knox Mine Disaster Public Commemoration
Details: Commemoration ceremony will be followed by a walk to the disaster site along Susquehanna River in Port Griffith.
Venue: Pennsylvania Historical Marker, in front of Baloga Funeral Home, Port Griffith, 1201 Main St., Pittston
Time: Sunday, Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m.
“The Knox Mine Disaster Documentary Premiere”
Details: A film by David and Albert Brocca; showing followed by Q&A with the filmmakers. Music is by Lex Romaine. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.knoxminedisaster.com or by calling the box office at 570-270-2190; general admission only.
Venue: Kirby Center for the Creative Arts at Wyoming Seminary, 260 N. Sprague Avenue, Kingston
Time: Tuesday, Jan. 22; doors open at 6:30 p.m., premiere starts at 7 p.m.
Details: “Doing Journalism in Northeastern Pennsylvania” will feature speakers Paul Golias, The Citizens’ Voice; Fred Ney, formerly of the Sunday Independent and The Citizens’ Voice; Kalen Churcher, Wilkes University; and Joseph Butkiewicz, Scranton Times-Tribune/Sunday Times. Moderator will be Mark Stine, Wilkes University. Refreshments will be served.
Venue: Ballroom, Henry Student Center, Wilkes University, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre
Time: Thursday, Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Plymouth Historical Society
Details: “The Avondale Mine Disaster of 1869 — A 150th Anniversary Commemoration” includes speakers Steve Kondrad, Plymouth Historical Society; Georgetta Potoski, Plymouth Historical Society; and Robert Wolensky, King’s College. Moderator will be Mary Beth Kondrad of the society. Refreshments will be served.
Venue: Plymouth Municipal Building, 162 W. Shawnee Ave., Plymouth
Time: Friday, Jan. 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Details: “Writing Coal Country Literature: Commentaries on Fiction, Nonfiction, and Drama” will include speakers Lucia Dailey, writer, Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Roster artist, Clarks Green; Tom Granahan, independent writer, West Pittston; Michael Cotter, playwright, Wyoming; Rick Sedlisky, independent writer, New York City; William Kashatus, Luzerne County Community College; and William Conlogue, Marywood
University. Moderator will be Maureen Cech of Misericordia University. Refreshments will be served.
Venue: McGowan Room, Bevevino Library, 301 Lake St., Dallas
Time: Sunday, Jan. 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration and its Pennsylvania Anthracite Section
Details: “The Contributions of SME to Anthracite Mining (The Jeddo Tunnel, Scranton Mine Cave Problems, Wilkes-Barre Historic District Homes, and other topics)” will include speakers John Ackerman, chairman of
Penn-Anthracite Section; and Mike Korb and John Mack, past chairmen. Moderator will be Barbara Arnold, President of the International SME. Refreshments will be served.
Venue: Rodano’s Pizza & Restaurant (back room), 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre
Time: Thursday, Jan. 31, 4:30 to 7 p.m.