Anthracite Heritage Museum Marks Knox Mine Disaster’s 59th Anniversary

The Anthracite Heritage Museum in McDade Park will commemorate the powerful story of the Knox Mine Disaster on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 2 p. m., marking 59 years since January 22, 1959, when the ice-laden waters of the Susquehanna River broke into the Knox Mine at Port Griffith, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania sweeping away twelve men. Video by Erika Funke from 1984 and David Brocca, 2018, will be featured.

The program will also include anthracite-related music by Jay Smar. A large needlework designed and embroidered by Audrey Baloga Calvey, as a tribute to her father, victim John Baloga, and the other men lost that day, will be exhibited. Refreshments will be served following the program. The Knox disaster program is free of charge to the public. Admission is charged for the Museum’s main exhibit, Anthracite People: Immigration & Ethnicity in Pennsylvania’s Hard Coal Region, and temporary exhibitions.

The Knox Mine Disaster program is the first event of the Pennsylvania Anthracite Museum’s year long series dedicated to our region and our culture. The program will celebrate along with other institutions 250 years of European and American anthracite coal use. Feature events will include personal use of coal, woman’s roles, landscape and environment, politics and corruption, art and music, sports and recreation, food, labor, immigration, preservation, and celebration. All programs will be free to the public and occur each month of 2018.

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®. The museum is operated in partnership with the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates.

The 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 9 a. m. to 5 p. m., and Sunday, 12:00 noon to 5 p. m.

For information about the Anthracite Heritage Museum visit www.anthracitemuseum.orgor call 570-963-4804.