Anthracite Heritage Conference set June 1


First Posted: 5/16/2013

The Third Anthracite Heritage Conference will be held June 1 at the Anthracite Heritage Museum in Scranton, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The planning committee has put together an extensive program with a variety of speakers and topics.

One of the highlights will be a presentation by Richard Healey who is a professor of geography at the University of Portsmouth, England. Healey has been a keen student of anthracite history for over three decades and has written one of the defining books on the industry, The Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal Industry, 1860-1902 (2007). There are several other speakers as well as a lunch and entertainment by the Hometown Boyz who perform songs related to anthracite history.

Complete schedule:

9:00 a.m. Welcome by Robert Savakinus, President, Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates; Chester Kulesa, Site Administrator Anthracite Heritage Museum and Scranton Iron Furnaces; Bode Morin, Eckley Miners Village. 9:15 a.m. Speaker – F. Charles Petrillo Topic: The Hard Coal Navy: Susquehanna River Coal

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Speaker – Richard G. Healey Topic: Miners and Mining in Scranton during the Civil War: Preliminary Findings from the DL&W Payrolls Project

11:00 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. Speaker Robert E. Hughes Topic: 3D Modeling and Mapping of the Northern Anthracite Coal Fields and the Underground Mine Pools beneath the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valleys

Noon to 1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m. The Hometown Boyz Topic: A live music performance by band members Joe Sweeney, Mike Haduck, Ed Haduck, Jim Reap and Mike Lavelle.

1:45 p.m. Break.

2 p.m. Speaker Darlene Miller-Lanning Topic: The Art and History of the Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company.

2:45 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. Speakers William A. Hastie, Sr. and Bob Wolensky Topic: Anthracite Labor Wars in the Northern Anthracite Field: Labor against Management and Labor against Labor during the 1920s and 1930s

3:45 p.m. Open Mic Announcements—Open to all present.

4:00 p.m. Mingle, chat or visit the exhibitions and the museum store.

5:00 p.m. Conference ends. The Museum closes for the day.

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