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3/29/2006 —
Face of Decline: The Pennsylvania Anthracite Region in the Twentieth Century, a recently released book by noted historians, Thomas Dublin and Walter Licht, will be the topic of conversation at Penn State Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, April 5. The discussion and book signing, sponsored by the Luzerne County Historical Society, will take place in the Hayfield House Community Room from 7:00-9:15 p.m. Thomas Dublin, co-author and professor of history at Binghamton University, State University of New York, will lead the discussion exploring the region's ethnic life, labor activism, economic revitalization, and the impact of the coal industry's decline throughout generations of families who relied on mining for their existence.

The book, concentrating on small mining communities in Jim Thorpe, Lansford, and Tamaqua, draws information from numerous sources including personal recollections, survey questionnaires, vintage photographs, coal company records, and area newspapers.

Thomas Dublin has written numerous books, among them: When the Mines Closed: Stories of Struggles in Hard Times and Transforming Women's Work: New England Live in the Industrial Revolution, both from Cornell University Press, and Women at Work: The Transformation of Work and Community in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826-1860, winner of the Bancroft Prize and the Merle Curti Award. Walter Lecht, professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, is author of several books including: Working for the Railroad: The Organization of Work in the Nineteenth Century, winner of the Philip Taft Labor History Prize; Work Sites: Industrial Philadelphia, 1890-1950; Getting Work: Philadelphia, 1840-1950; and Industrializing America: The Nineteenth Century.

Reservations are not required and light refreshments will be served Face of Decline: The Pennsylvania Anthracite Region in the Twentieth Century will be available for purchase. For more information, contact: Bill Bachman at 675-9126.
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