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Speakers to address 'Anthracite Labor Wars'

February 20. 2013 12:43AM
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SCRANTON – The Lackawanna Historical Society will host authors Dr. Robert Wolensky and William “Bill” Hastie Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Catlin House to discuss their new book, Anthracite Labor Wars.

Wolensky is the author of several books and an adjunct professor of history and sociology at King’s College. Hastie is an anthracite historian and former mineworker for the Knox Coal Company. Their program, “Anthracite Labor Wars in the Wyoming-Lackawanna Coal Field, 1890-1935,” will focus on labor struggles between the Pennsylvania Coal Company and their employees in the company’s Lackawanna County collieries.

Founded in 1886 as the Lackawanna Institute of History and Science, the Lackawanna Historical Society provides the community with a record of local history through its museum and library collections, exhibits and programs. In 1942, from the bequest of George H. Catlin the Society established its permanent home at Catlin’s 1912 residence, located at 232 Monroe Avenue, Scranton. In 1965 Lackawanna County designated the Lackawanna Historical Society as the official county historical society and the Society continues to serve the county as a center for local history resources.

Fore more information about the program, contact the Lackawanna Historical Society at 570.344.3841 or

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