Tamaqua in 1938

Veteran news commentator Mike Stevens of WNEP-16 visited Tamaqua in December 2013 to view this vintage film footage with Dale Freudenberger, president of the Tamaqua Historical Society. Viewing this makes one appreciate the deep truth of a statement made by British novelist  L. P. Hartley, “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently […]

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Hegarty’s Blacksmith Shop

The talented blacksmiths of three generations of the Hegarty family dedicated their skills to the betterment of Tamaqua Area busineses and families. Their shop, established in 1848, remained in continuous use until 1973. Dale Freudenberger, president of the Tamaqua Historical Society, shares a compelling account of the activities of the Hegarty family in Tamaqua from […]

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Owl Creek Entrance

Residents of Tamaqua’s Owl Creek neighborhood join together to create an exceptional gateway to their community by replacing the gap left behind by the removal of a railroad trestle with a pair of incredible retaining walls puntuated by student art works. Georgine Wentz and Micah Gursky provide the details about the project that is located […]

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The Iron Steps

Donald Serfass, author of “The Iron Steps: Illustrated History of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania” provides a historical sketch explaining how topography guided the development of Tamaqua. The Iron Steps, he observes, “enabled people to get to their work and then get back home. And then, maybe in the evening, come back down… into the downtown for entertainment.” […]

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Neil Dougherty House

Watch this segment to learn the background on the preservation of the former residence of Neil Dougherty. Dougherty was tried and convicted of involvement in the alleged Molly-Maguire-related murder of mine superintendent Frank W. S. Langdon in 1862. He served five years in Eastern State Penitentiary, then returned to his home in Tuscarora where he ultimately died in […]

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