Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Schuylkill County Historical Society Announces Upcoming Programs on Molly Maguires, Pow Wow, and the Holocaust

POTTSVILLE - The Schuylkill County Historical Society is gearing up to provide a diverse range of educational programs, bringing history to life for the local community. 

With a line-up that includes a repeat of Assistant Director Steve Young’s popular Molly Maguires program, a deep dive into the Pennsylvania German healing practice of pow wow, and an insightful discussion on the Holocaust, there's something for everyone to learn and engage with.

Molly Maguire's Program

Due to the overwhelming success of Assistant Director Steve Young's Molly Maguires program earlier this year, the Society is thrilled to announce a repeat presentation on Thursday, September 7th, at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Society's headquarters located at 305 N. Centre St., Pottsville. Notably, the previous session sold out quickly, highlighting the community's interest in the rich history of the Molly Maguires. Admission to the event is free for Society members, while the general public can attend for a nominal fee of $5. 

To secure your spot, reservations are required and can be made by calling 570-622-7540.

Pow Wow

Continuing the exploration of fascinating historical practices, the Society will host a program on the Pennsylvania German healing practice of pow wow. On Wednesday, September 13th, at 6:30 p.m., attendees will gather once again at 305 N. Centre St., Pottsville, to hear "Porcupine" Pat McKinney delve into the history and practice of this Bible-based folk medicine. This intriguing tradition involves the use of verbal incantations, gestures, and manipulation of material objects for healing purposes. Like previous events, admission is complimentary for Society members, while non-members can attend for a nominal fee of $5. 

Given the limited seating capacity, reservations are essential and can be secured by calling 570-622-7540.

Holocaust Program

Moreover, the Society is proud to host a program on the Holocaust, presented by Jennifer Umberger, a Pottsville native with a master's degree in the subject. Scheduled for Wednesday, September 20th, at 6:30 p.m., this event offers a poignant exploration of a critical period in history. The presentation will take place at 305 N. Centre St., Pottsville. As with the other programs, Society members are entitled to free admission, while the general public is invited to attend by paying a modest fee of $5. 

Reservations, which are mandatory due to the anticipated interest, can be made by contacting 570-622-7540.