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Anthracite Mining Heritage Month

WVIA Original Documentary Films

Knox... A Disaster

The Knox Mine Disaster is a WVIA Original Documentary Film produced in 1984

Dr. Robert Wolensky, Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens-Point, author of many studies of the Anthracite Coal Region of Pennsylvania, speaking about the annual observance of Anthracite Mining Heritage Month throughout January 2021, online because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Jamie Longazel, Associate Professor of Political Science at John Jay College in NY and author of the study, "Undocumented Fears: Immigration & the Politics of Divide & Conquer in Hazleton, Pennsylvania" issued by Temple University Press, speaking about an organization he founded, "Anthracite Unite", what led to his writing a book about Hazleton and the importance of remembering the region's history.

Dr. Robert Wolensky, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, & Adjunct Professor of History at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, speaking about "Sewn in Coal Country: An Oral History of the Ladies' Garment Industry in Northeastern Pennsylvania, 1945-1995", issued by Penn State University Press. Part One of Two Segments.

David Brocca, Filmmaker, and Lex Romane, Singer-Songwriter/Narrator, speaking about the new documentary "The Knox Mine Disaster" that will have two screenings as part of Anthracite Mining Heritage Month in NEPA.

Richard Stanislaus, Guest Curator & Art Collector, and Dr. Darlene Miller-Lanning, Director of the Hope Horn Gallery at the University of Scranton, speaking about the exhibition, "John Willard Raught: Beauty Lies Close at Home,"

Photographer Niko Kallianiotis, Co-Founder of the Rust Belt Biennial, speaking about his recently published collection of photographs, "America in a Trance" issued by Damiani.

Robert Wolensky, Prof. Emeritus at the Univ. of Wisconsin/Stevens Point; Richard Healey of the University of Portsmouth, England, and William Jones, Prof. Emeritus at the Univ. of Cardiff, Wales, speaking about the Avondale Mine Disaster of 1869 on the occasion of a conference to mark the 150th Anniversary of the tragedy in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Photographer Yoav Friedlander, Co-founder of the Rust Belt Biennial, and Heather Sincavage, Director of the Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University,

A regional observance of Anthracite Mining Heritage Month will take place during January 2021. The annual event focuses on the history and culture of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s anthracite region. Because of health concerns this year, all events will be conducted online via ZOOM. The connecting ZOOM information for each event is listed below. (Note: Most of the programs will be recorded and saved for future viewing. Please contact the organizing group for information about the recordings).

The events are sponsored by the Anthracite Heritage Museum, the Anthracite Heritage Foundation, King’s College, WVIA Public Broadcasting, the Lackawanna Historical Society, the Luzerne County Historical Society, the Knox Mine Disaster Memorial Committee, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration—The Pennsylvania Anthracite Section, and the National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, PA.

Sunday, Jan. 17 The Annual Knox Mine Disaster Memorial Mass: St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church, 35 William Street, Pittston, 9 am (NOTE: There will be no annual public commemoration at the Knox Disaster’s PHMC marker following the mass, nor will the annual walk to the disaster site be held this year); The mass can also be seen at:

Tuesday, Jan. 19 National Industrial History Museum (Bethlehem, PA), Public Program; Speaker: Dane Rhys, International Center of Photography, New York; Topic: Anthracite Today: A Photographic Narrative; Time: 7 pm; To join the ZOOM meeting:

Thursday, Jan. 21 King’s College and the Anthracite Heritage Foundation, Public Program: The Annual Msgr. John J. Curran Lecture, Speaker: Paul Shackel, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland; Topic; Remembering The Lattimer Massacre of 1897; Time: 7 pm; Moderator: Thomas Mackaman, Department of History, King’s College; To join the ZOOM meeting:

Friday, Jan. 22 Luzerne County Historical Society, Public Program: Family Life in the Coal Region; Speakers and Topics: Mark Riccetti, Director of Operations & Programs, LCHS, Women and Children, The Other Side of Anthracite Life; Tristin Millazzo, Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle, PA, The Lives of Mining Wives; Nicole Kolessar, Department of History, University of Delaware, Ellen Webster Palmer and the Breaker Boys; Time: 7 p.m.; To Join ZOOM Meeting, Click Here

Saturday, Jan. 23 Anthracite Heritage Museum, Public Program: The Annual Knox Mine Disaster Commemoration; Speaker: Bode Morin, Historic Site Administrator, Anthracite Heritage Museum; Topic: After Knox: Remediation, Heritage, and Regeneration Values on the Anthracite Landscape; plus anthracite music by Jay Smar; and a tribute to the late William A. Hastie Sr. (persons can sign up in advance to say a few words about Bill Hastie); Moderator: Bob Wolensky, Department of History, King’s College; Time: 2:00 p.m.; For registration to join the ZOOM meeting:

Monday, Jan. 25 American Institute of Mining Engineers—Anthracite Division, Public Program; Speaker: Michael Korb, AIME-Anthracite Division Past President; Topic: The Carnegie Hero Medal in Northeastern Pennsylvania Mining; Time: 7 p.m. Contact person: Mike Korb; To join the ZOOM meeting:

ID 450 213; ZOOM Meeting ID 450 213 4358

Wednesday, Jan. 27 Lackawanna Historical Society, Public Program; Speaker: Richard G. Healey, Professor of Geography, School of the Environment, Geography, and Geosciences, University of Portsmouth, UK; Topic: The Miners of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad Coal Department during the Civil War Era: Some Recent Findings; Time: 2 p.m.; Moderator: Mary Ann Savakinas, Executive Director, LHS;To get the ZOOM meeting link please emaillackawannahistory@gmail.comin advance of the program.

Saturday, Jan. 30 Anthracite Heritage Museum, Public Information Program; Topic: An Industrial History Tour of Scotland, England, and Wales, June 25 July 7, 2021; for anyone interested in next summer’s industrial history tour of the UK, sponsored by the Anthracite Heritage Museum; Speakers: Beth Landmesser, Bode Morin, Robert Wolensky, tour leaders; Plus a person from our travel agency in Cardiff, Wales; Time: 2 pm; for advanced information about the tour please call: 570-963-4804; To join the Zoom program: