Lo­cal author to speak at li­brary on ‘Lost Coal Coun­try of North­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia.’

‘Lost Coal Coun­try of North­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia’ a mov­ing trib­ute to Pa.’s le­gacy and the In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Lor­raine Storms Ex­eter Com­mu­nity Li­brary

Author and pho­tog­ra­pher Lorena Beniquez will be at the Ex­eter Com­mu­nity Li­brary on Sept. 27, speak­ing about the history of coal min­ing in Penn­syl­va­nia and the dis­ap­pear­ance of coal break­ers across the state.

The great-grand­daugh­ter of a coal miner her­self, Beniquez was driven by cu­rios­ity to re­cover not only her own past but that of count­less other fam­i­lies as well.

Beniquez’s book, “Lost Coal Coun­try of North­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia,” is a mov­ing trib­ute to Penn­syl­va­nia’s le­gacy and the in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion. Con­sid­ered part-history book and part-travel guide, the book elab­o­rates on the re­gion’s dis­ap­pear­ing an­thracite history in a re­count­ing of what is gone and what still re­mains.

In her book, Beniquez covers a haunt­ing ac­count of Cen­tralia, aban­doned 50 years ago when the coal be­neath the town caught fire. The fire con­tin­ues to this day and will likely burn for hun­dreds of years.

She also re­counts the story of John Stella, an un­sung hero who saved dozens of min­ers dur­ing the Knox Mine Dis­as­ter.

Per­haps most mov­ing are Beniquez’s poignant pho­to­graphs which elicit mem­o­ries of a once-boom­ing in­dus­try dur­ing a time long gone.

All are wel­come to at­tend Beniquez’s lec­ture and book sign­ing at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the Ex­eter Com­mu­nity Li­brary at 4569 Prest­wick Dr., Read­ing, 19606. Books will be avail­able on site for pur­chase.

To regis­ter for this event, stop by the li­brary cir­cu­la­tion desk or call 610-4069431.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.berk­sli­braries.org/branch/ex­eter or the Ex­eter Com­mu­nity Li­brary Face­book page.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Lorena Beniquez will be at the Ex­eter Com­mu­nity Li­brary on Sept. 27, speak­ing about the history of coal min­ing in Penn­syl­va­nia and the dis­ap­pear­ance of coal break­ers across the state.

Sub­mit­ted photo Pho­tog­ra­pher Lorena Beniquez cap­tures the history of coal min­ing in Penn­syl­va­nia.

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