This page by John Dropcho
Call for a Nanty Glo
Museum and Historical Society
John Dropcho of Nanty Glo has issued the following call, which has the wholehearted support of the Nanty Glo Home Page. He enlisted the support of local historian William Martin and has appended his name to the following call as well.Webmaster
Your positive help is needed to preserve and highlight Nanty Glo's remarkable and important history. A Nanty Glo Museum and Historical Society would emphasize and showcase the community's significant role in the mining industry of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
In the 1920's, '30's and '40's, a major portion of the proud, hardworking mining and merchant families in Nanty Glo were first- and second-generation immigrants from varied ethnic backgrounds.
The personal accounts and descriptions of the extraordinary work, artifacts and life experiences of our families should be collected, documented, and preserved before these sources and opportunities are lost forever. Pride in the community's history, its varied ethnic population, and the accomplishments of the merchant and mining families may contribute to the revitalization of the communitya community remembered by all of us.
Are there others who share the same interest and commitment for the preservation of our coal heritage? Some topics that a museum and historical society could document might include family information, friends and neighbors, churches and religion, schooling, recreation, buildings that aren't "there" any more, transportation, newsworthy events, childhood to maturity, mining experience, the Depression, World War II and the home front, and supporting businesses.
Constructive ideas are certainly welcome.
© Jon Kennedy 1999