A regional observance of Anthracite Mining Heritage Month continues this month with programs in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Pittston, Port Griffith, Plymouth, Dallas, Wyoming and Ashley. This annual event focuses on the history and culture of the anthracite region of northeastern Pennsylvania.
Public events include programs concerning anthracite mineworkers and environmental issues in the anthracite region, the Avondale Mine Disaster of 1869, a screening of a documentary film about the Knox Mine disaster and a walk to the Knox Mine disaster site.
Remaining events are:
• Thursday, Jan. 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m. “The Annual Msgr. John J. Curran Lecture.” Artist Sue Hand will show and discuss images from her latest creative project on anthracite breakers. Venue is Burke Auditorium, McGowan School of Business, King’s College, corner of North River Street and West Union Street, Wilkes-Barre.
• Friday, Jan. 18, 6 to 8 p.m. “Meet the Artist,” a gathering to meet Hand and view her latest art creations on anthracite breakers, “Coal Breaker Communities: Faded Memories.” Venue is Widmann Art Gallery, King’s College student center, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre.
• Friday, Jan. 18, 6 to 8:30 p.m. “Major Environmental Issues in Anthracite Country.” Speakers are Robert Hughes (“Mapping Surface and Underground Mines and Mine Pools throughout NePa”); William Conlogue, (“On Unstable Grounds: Mine Subsidence in the Anthracite Region”); and Craig Robertson (“The Butler Mine Tunnel Contamination in Pittston”).
• Saturday, Jan. 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m. “The Annual Knox Mine Disaster Commemorative Program — The 60th Anniversary.” Presenters David Brocca and Albert Brocca will show excerpts from their documentary. William Lukasik will speak on Knox Disaster photography from the Lukasik Studio. Mining Memorabilia by Mike Mostardi. Venue is AHM, 22 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton.
• Sunday, Jan. 20, 9 a.m. Annual Knox Mine Disaster Mass at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church, 35 William Street, Pittston.
• Sunday, Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m. Knox Mine Disaster public commemoration at the Pennsylvania Historical Marker, in front of Baloga Funeral Home, Port Griffith, 1201 Main St., Pittston.
• Sunday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. Knox Mine Disaster walk to the disaster site along the Susquehanna River in Port Griffith: Gather at Baloga Funeral Home.
• Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m. Screening of “The Knox Mine Disaster Documentary Premiere,” a film by David and Albert Brocca, followed by Q&A. Venue is Kirby Center for the Creative Arts at Wyoming Seminary, 260 N. Sprague Ave., Kingston. Tickets must be purchased in advance either online at www.KnoxMineDisaster.com or by calling the box office at 570-270-2190.
• Thursday, Jan. 24, 6:30 to 8 p.m. “Doing Journalism in Northeastern Pennsylvania.” Speakers are Paul Golias (Citizens’ Voice), Fred Ney (formerly of the Sunday Independent and Citizens’ Voice), Kalen Churcher (Wilkes University) and Joseph Butkiewicz (Scranton Times-Tribune/Sunday Times). Venue is ballroom at Wilkes University Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre.
• Friday, Jan. 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m. “The Avondale Mine Disaster of 1869 — A 150th Anniversary Commemoration.” Speakers are Steve Kondrad, Plymouth Historical Society (PHS); Georgetta Potoski, PHS; Robert Wolensky, King’s College with moderator Mary Beth Kondrad PHS. Venue is Plymouth Municipal Building, 162 West Shawnee Ave, Plymouth.
• Sunday, Jan. 27, “Writing Coal Country Literature: Commentaries on Fiction, Nonfiction, and Drama.” Venue is McGowan Room, Bevevino Library, 301 Lake St., Dallas.
• Thursday, Jan. 31, 5:30 to 7 p.m. “The Contributions of SME to Anthracite Mining (The Jeddo Tunnel, Scranton Mine Cave Problems, Wilkes-Barre Historic District Homes and other topics).” Speakers include John Ackerman, chairman of Penn-Anthracite Section; and Mike Korb and John Mack, past chairmen. Moderator is Barbara Arnold, president of the (International) SME. Venue is Rodano’s Pizza and Restaurant (back room), 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre.
Questions About Anthracite Mining Heritage Month should be directed to Prof. Bob Wolensky, Anthracite heritage Foundation and King’s College, by calling 715-252-6742 or emailing email@example.com.
The events are sponsored by the Anthracite Heritage Museum, the Anthracite Heritage Foundation, King’s College, Wilkes University, Marywood University, Misericordia University, the Lackawanna Historical Society, the Luzerne County Historical Society, the Plymouth Historical Society, the Greater Pittston Historical Society, the Huber Breaker Preservation Society, the Knox Mine Disaster Memorial Committee, the Boy Scouts of America-Northeastern PA Council and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.