Another Time Another World: Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal, Coke, and Communities
John A. Enman, Ph.D. Stefano's Printing, 2010
Available at Penn State Fayette Coal And Coke Heritage Center: 724-430-4158
Coal Mines, Coke Yards, Company Stores: Families of the Patch
Compiled and written by Bobby G. Salitrik. Stefano’s Printing, 1994.
Especially designed for elementary school students, this 28-page activity book features short stories, poems, word games and coloring pages featuring a glimpse of daily life during the days of coal mining and coke making in the Connellsville Coke Region.
Common Lives of Uncommon Strength: The Women of the Coal and Coke Era of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Compiled, written and edited by Evelyn A. Hovanec. Stefano’s Printing, 2002.
“They led common lives of uncommon strength, courage, endurance and hope.” This 227-page anthology of personal recollections grew from interviews conducted when the Coal and Coke Heritage Center first began compiling archives and oral histories. From a woman’s prospective and through a woman’s voice come the words of their experiences; they are the voices of a past time telling their stories of a lifetime. Included are vintage photographs, documents, maps, and newspaper articles.
Patch/Work Voices: The Culture and Lore of a Mining People
Compiled and written by Dennis F. Brestensky, Evelyn A. Hovanec and Albert N. Skomra. Patch/Work Voices Publishing, 4th printing, 2003.
First issued in 1977, and now considered the classic work on the coal and coke industry, this 90-page book contains stories and testimonies from area coal miners, coke workers, and their families. Along with the industry, details include information related to home and community, beliefs and customs, and even a touch of humor. A coda brings readers up to date with what has happened in the region since the initial printing.
The Early Coke Worker
Edited by Dennis F. Brestensky. Connellsville Printing Company, 1994.
The papers and transcribed talks in this second series of three publications were delivered at a conference held at Penn State Fayette in April 1994. Featured presenters include John A. Enman (Connellsville Coke; Catalyst and Victim of Change) and Max Nobel (Beehive Coke, Menallen Coke Company at Shoaf: Last Commercial Firing of Ovens). This 166-page edition also incorporates vintage photos of the coking industry.
Mining Literature and Lore
Edited by Dennis F. Brestensky. Connellsville Printing Company, 1997.
Last in a series of three publications, this edition is an anthology of papers delivered at a conference on Mining Literature and Lore held at Penn State Fayette in September 1995. Featured presenters include Barbara Angle (The Lure of the Mine: A Miner’s Tale of Struggle and Survival Underground), Judith Hendershot (Mining Memories: The Seduction to Write) and Sonja Jason (Women of the Coal Culture). Illustrations from original artwork by Ellen Carroll, Charles Kovach and Robert Hustead complete this 140-page edition.