May 11, 2022
The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission recently announced its 2020-2021 volunteers of the year. Congratulations to Eckley Miners’ Village’s volunteer of the year for 2020-2021: educator and “minstrel of the mountains” Dave Matsinko. Dave’s traditional acoustic music is a staple of Eckley’s annual Christmas program and Patchtown Days — coming up soon on June 18th & 19th, 2022.
FEBRUARY 1, 2022
Hazleton’s Standard-Speaker has a write-up on Eckley’s Oral History Transcription Project, which is improving access to the village’s sometimes tragic, sometimes charming, and always fascinating oral histories. Read about the project at the Standard-Speaker and don’t forget to volunteer as a transcriber!
NOVEMBER 19, 2021
Lehigh Carbon Community College student journalist Laurisa Gruver penned a brief profile of Eckley that movingly encourages visitors to “walk in the footsteps of their forefathers.” Check out Laurisa’s work at the LCCC Paw Print.
SEPTEMBER 18, 2021
A forthcoming book reveals the lives of Civil War soldiers who hailed from Pennsylvania’s Coal Region. Historian Melanie Akren-Dickson’s current research centers on John Williamson, an Eckley native who was among the casualties at the Battle of Savage’s Station. The little-known conflict claimed 1,500 lives but ended in stalemate near Richmond, Virginia, in 1862. Read more at the Lehighton Times News.
Left: (1862) Battle of Savage’s Station, 1862. June. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress.
JUNE 16, 2021
Poconos-based singer-songwriter Don DiLego filmed the music video for his sparkling new single, “Dim Red Light (Make it Shine)” at Eckley on a bright summer evening. The video also earned Don (and Eckley) a spot on Rolling Stone‘s Best Country Songs back in June!