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Silver Cinders: The Legacy of Coal and Coke in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Silver CindersA production of Cultural Heritage Research Services Inc. and Branch Valley Video Productions. Produced in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 2000.

This 56-minute documentary, available on VHS or DVD, chronicles the coal and coke industry in southwestern Pennsylvania with emphasis on Fayette County. Learn the story of how coal was discovered, mined and transformed into coke, and the major role these two resources played in America’s Industrial Revolution. Along with hundreds of vintage photographs and original film footage, this informational film features interviews with the people who lived and worked during the coal and coke era.





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