Program at Anthracite Heritage Museum to focus on Eastern European immigrants

SCRANTON, Pa. - Anthracite Region native James Stevens will present a program at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, in McDade Park, on Sunday, May 7, on "Contract Labor and Eastern European Immigrants."

Labor contracts attracted thousands of industrious Slavic workmen to the Anthracite coal fields only to find themselves economically exploited as cheap labor and socially excluded as "foreigners." Mr. Stevens' talk on their plight will be illustrated.

Mr. Stevens will be available after the presentation to autograph his novel "Coal Cracker Blues," which features flashbacks to the author's high school days in Shamokin in the 1950s. Copies will be available for purchase in the museum store.

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 and iron furnaces are open year-round Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Admission is charged for the museum's main exhibit, "Anthracite People: Immigration and Ethnicity in Pennsylvania's Hard Coal Region." Admission to a temporary exhibit, "The Great Anthracite Coal Strike of 1902," is included.

Call the museum educator, Ruth Cummings, at 570-963-4804, or see, for more information.

The Anthracite Heritage Museum is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in cooperation with the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates.

Copyright © The Ukrainian Weekly, April 30, 2006, No. 18, Vol. LXXIV

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