SHAMOKIN — The Anthracite Heritage Center, an anthracite museum and coal research library, at the City Hall Building, west wing, will be dedicated tonight at 8:00.
David Donmoyer, chairman of Anthracite Heritage, Inc., the non-profit organization which established the center, will participate in the dedication ceremony along with Shamokin Mayor Harold Thomas. Members of the city council will also be present.
Following the dedication ceremony, the public will be invited to view the museum. Coal artifacts and research materials have been donated to the center by Harold Shomper, Joseph Lahnstein and Clarence “Mooch” Kashner.
In addition to these major benefactors, many others have also donated or loaned tools, photographs, and family souvenirs of the period when coal the the major economic asset of the Shamokin area, according to Richard Morgan, a member of Anthracite Heritage, Inc.
Among the center’s photographs are a number donated by Paul Thomas. The group of photographs reflects both the good and the bad aspects of the era.
A model coal breaker, constructed by the late Andrew J. Shevitts is also on display at the center. It is on loan from Mike Treese, Shevitts’ nephew.
A film, “Miner’s Story,” featuring Jack Palance, will be presented at the council chamber at 9:00 p.m.
A Founders’ Day Banquet sponsored by the Anthracite Heritage committee will be held Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Walnut Towers Inn.
John B. Shutack, manager of District 1, Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration, Department of the Interior, will be a guest at the banquet. His office supervises the entire anthracite area.
“The Antharcite Heritage Center is a tribute to the people who made it possible,” Donmoyer said, citing the donations and loans of books and records, and various mining materials.
The establishment of a museum to preserve the history of anthracite mining in the area is the culmination of many months of work by the committee. The idea of such a museum was originated by Dr. John Linnet.
The museum dedication tonight is the first of a number of events that lead to the Shamokin-Coal Township Anthracite Memorial Bicentennial Parade at 5:00 p.m. Saturday.
On Friday at 8:00 p.m., Miss Shamokin-Coal Township Bicentennial Queen will be crowned at a ceremony at Walnut Towers Inn.
An all day Shamokin-Coal Township family picnic will be held at Knoebels Groves on Saturday.