Posted on September 26, 2016, BY Matthew Beltz

The Coal Collections series will feature a brown-bag lecture on Thursday, Sept. 29, at noon in the Weis Center Atrium Lobby. Professors Mary Beth Gray, geology, and Ben Marsh, geography & environmental studies, will discuss an environmental and social history of the anthracite coal region. This talk is free and open to the public, and small tastes of regional food samples will be available.

The majority of anthracite coal deposits in the U.S. are in east-central Pennsylvania. The complex geometry of these layers created a distinctive physiographic region and guided the layout of coal mines. Coal towns grew rapidly from about 1870 through 1920 as waves of immigrant families moved into the region, followed by an 80-year transition into a post-coal economy. Community strengths established early on continue to shape life in this region.

This talk, as well as all noon lecture presentations of the Coal Collections series, is presented by the Weis Center and the Place Studies program of the Bucknell Center for Sustainability & the Environment.

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