Anthracite Heritage Conference Schedule of Events – May 2017

Anthracite Heritage Conference to be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 in Scranton

On Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 8:30a.m. to 4:00p.m. the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum will host the 6th Biennial Anthracite Heritage Conference. The conference is intended to encourage public interest in, and knowledge about, the Anthracite Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Seven presenters will examine a range of topics associated with the Anthracite Region:


Richard G. Healey, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth, England, “Where Have All the Railroaders Gone?”

Janet Blaum, Attorney-at-Law, “Black Lungs: Legal Perspectives.”

Mike Korb, Board Member, Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates, “The Reclamation of McDade Park, the Preservation of the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour, and the Development of the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum.”

Mary Kay Kimelewski, Adjunct Faculty, Misericordia University, “The 1943 Anthracite Coal Strike.”

Melissa Meade, Graduate Student, Klein College of Media and Communication, Temple University, “In the Shadow of ‘King Coal’: Media and Memories of the Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania.”

Shaunna Barnhart, Director, Place Studies Program, Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment, Bucknell University, “Bucknell’s Coal Region Field Station: University-Community Partnership for Anthracite Community Studies and Revitalization.”

Robert P. Wolensky, Adjunct Professor of History and Sociology, King’s College, “Studying and Preserving Anthracite Heritage: Closing Comments.”


The conference fee is $25 per person and includes morning and afternoon refreshments, as well as lunch. Student and museum member discounts are available. Reservations are requested by Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

The Conference Planning Committee Members include Chester Kulesa, Bode Morin, F. Charles Petrillo and Robert R. Wolensky.

The program is supported, in part, by a Lackawanna County Arts and Culture grant, a program of Lackawanna Count Commissioners Patrick O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Lauren A. Cummings, as well as Lehigh Anthracite Coal, LLC, Richard “Rusty” Taylor, President; the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for the Abandoned Mine Reclamation; and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Pennsylvania Anthracite Section.

The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum is located in McDade Park, off Keyser Avenue, in Scranton (Exits 182 or 191-B off I-81, and Exit 122, Keyser Avenue, from I-476). The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9a.m. to 5p.m. and Sunday, 12 noon to 5p.m. For more information or directions, call (570) 963-4804 or visit

The Anthracite Heritage Museum is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in partnership with the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates. Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance or accommodations to visit the Museum should call the Museum at 570-963-4804, in advance to discuss their needs. Pennsylvania TDD relay service is available at (800) 654-5984.

The Anthracite Heritage Museum is one of 25 historic sites and museums administered by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History®. For more information, visit