Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Schuylkill County Historical Society Announces Lineup of Events

The Schuylkill County Historical Society will host a series of events in downtown Pottsville that promise to shed light on the county's rich history, coal mining heritage, and even the supernatural.

Deputy Fire Chief Michael Glore to Lead Downtown Pottsville Fires Walking Tour

On Saturday, September 23, Deputy Fire Chief and local historian Michael Glore will lead a walking tour through downtown Pottsville. The tour will not only delve into the history of fires in the area but will also focus on the businesses, architecture, and building construction in the downtown district. 

Participants will meet at the Schuylkill County Historical Society, located at 305 N. Centre St., Pottsville, with the tour commencing at 9:30 a.m. 

Please note that reservations are required for this event. Admission is free for members and $10 for the general public. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for September 30. For more details and reservations, you can contact the Society at 570-622-7540.

Exploring Local Coal Planes with Mining Engineers

On Wednesday, September 27, at 6:30 p.m., mining engineers David Williams and John R. Ackerman, author of "Inclined Planes in Pennsylvania Anthracite," will provide insights into the fascinating world of local coal planes. 

These engineering marvels were instrumental in moving coal from valleys over mountains to canals and later to other railroads. The discussion will take place at the Schuylkill County Historical Society, 305 N. Centre St., Pottsville. Admission for this event is free for members and $5 for the general public. 

Reservations are required, and you can reserve your spot by contacting the Society at 570-622-7540.

Local Reads Book Club - "Billy. We Hardly Knew Ya"

On Thursday, September 28, at 6:30 p.m., the Local Reads book club will convene at the Schuylkill County Historical Society to discuss the recently released book "Billy. We Hardly Knew Ya" by Vincent Genovese. 

The book narrates the poignant story of Billy Ulmer, a Minersville High School football player who tragically lost his life during a game in 1943. 

Join the discussion at 305 N. Centre St., Pottsville. For more information, reach out to the Society at 570-622-7540 or visit T102 Radio’s Local Reads website at

Paranormal Investigation with Wyoming Valley Ghost Tours

For those with an interest in the supernatural, Wyoming Valley Ghost Tours invites you to a paranormal investigation at the Schuylkill County Historical Society on Saturday, September 30, from 6 to 10 p.m. 

Tickets for this event are priced at $50 and must be purchased through a secure link available on Wyoming Valley Ghost Tours' Facebook page. 

Society members can enjoy a $5 discount on their tickets by calling 570-622-7540 before making their purchase.