Anthracite Heritage Museum 7/5/2022-7/14/2022

Kendall Williams

Kendall Williams

I grouped these weeks together because our supervisor, John, was on vacation, so I worked throughout the two weeks on one project.

During my last internship at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, a collection of photographs of different geological and architectural features in the Anthracite region was donated to the museum. The original intent was that the collection would remain at the museum for future use. However, because the photographs were taken by a state employee, the State Museum wanted to house the collection at their facility instead.

Before they went, though, I began the process of scanning the photographs and labeling them. This way, they will still be able to be used and accessed even if they have not been processed through the State Museum’s employees.

The pictures covered a range of subjects, such as ruins of canal locks, iron blast furnaces, and buldings; coal, fossils, mine shafts and openings, coal breakers, and geographical features. It was interesting to see what these places looked like after many years of not being in use, such as the furnaces and locks. Some furnaces had been refurbished and were part of historical sites, while others were in ruin and overgrown by plants in the forest, and the only part left of many of the canal locks were stone pillars. It is helpful to have the photographs to be able to preserve these places in another way, and to act as a way for people to visualize what these places that may not be accessible are like.

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