Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Schuylkill Mall Statue Finds New Home at Knoebels

If you've been to Knoebels' recently, you may have noticed a little bit of Schuylkill County near the Mine Museum.

Since the mall’s opening in 1980, a solid bronze statue has stood as a tribute to coal miners everywhere, but later this year, the Schuylkill Mall will be closing. 

Thanks to one individual, the Coal Miner's Statue that was located in the mall has a new home.

According to Stacy Ososkie, Public Relations Director for Knoebels', Buddy Knoebel received a phone call from Dana Baker, marketing director for Schuylkill Mall in Frackville.

With the impending closure of the shopping facility, Dana wanted to ensure that the statue could be appreciated and enjoyed for years to come.

Ososkie said the connection was obvious: Schuylkill Mall is a family mall, and Knoebels is a family park.

Baker was happy to learn that not only was Buddy already aware of the statue and had great interest in it, but he also knew the perfect location where it could be enjoyed.

Knoebels’ Anthracite Mine Museum is a tribute to the anthracite coal mining industry and our local community. It is open free of charge to Knoebels' 1.5 million annual visitors.

Knoebels team members visited the mall to transport the statue to its new home, and it is already being admired by park visitors as they approach the museum.

Statue Prior to Removal
Team from Knoebels' that transported the statue

Photos Above provided by Michael Haspe

Photo above provided by Eric Welkom

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