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October 23, 2009
The Altoona Mirror

The Coalport Area Coal Museum will host guest speaker Robin Lighty from the PA Bureau of Mine Reclamation on Tuesday, October 27th at 7:00 PM at the Coalport Community Building. Mr. Lighty's presentation will include exhibits and discussions of particular interest to local historians and genealogists about the valuable information going back to 1870 in Pennsylvania's official mining reports. Special attention in the presentation will be given to the detailed genealogical information reported for more than 100,000 miners who were injured or died in PA coal mine disasters. These annual reports tell a history of hard work, injury, death and disaster in our mines. Mr. Lighty will also discuss the availability of a website that refers to various university and government libraries that have extensive collections of these reports and how to easily access this information.

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