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August 10, 2016

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PROGRAM Schuylkill County Historical Society

The meeting was held at the Schuylkill County Historical Society, hosted by Executive Director Tom Drogalis. The Society is 114 years old, and is located at 350 N. Centre Street in the former Female Grammar School Building. The Society has been improving their facility with recent improvements being the installation of Air Conditioning, and roof coating scheduled to be completed this year. The next major improvement will be replacement windows for the original single pane windows. The Society acknowledged Rotary for our recent contribution toward their computer systems. Tom gave a presentation on the newest of the technology improvements. The Society recently contracted to have their 250 rolls of micro-film records of the Miners Journal digitally scanned and converted to a searchable data base. The converted documents now total 250,000 newspaper pages. To show the capabilities of the system, Tom reviewed a roll from 1915, the founding year of Pottsville Rotary. Numerous references to Rotary were found, including an 8 page insert about Rotary, the founding of the Pottsville Rotary Club, biographies and photos of the original members and numerous other items.

The Historical Society continues to improve and re-vamp its displays and continues its mission to To Preserve, Protect, and Display Schuylkill County History. More information on the Society can be found at

Thanks to Tom for an informative presentation.

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