Author of book on Shamokin to speak at library
SHAMOKIN - Author Janet MacGaffey will present a talk on her new book on life in Shamokin/Coal Township, at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of the Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library, Independence Street, Shamokin.
MacGaffey, the professor emeritus of anthropology at Bucknell University, will talk about her new book, "Coal Dust on Your Feet: The Rise, Decline and Restoration of an Anthracite Mining Town," a book about the social history of the Shamokin-Coal Township area, published by Bucknell University Press.
According to the publisher's website, MacGaffey's study focuses on the rise and decline of the mining industry, on the ethnic groups that formed the town's neighborhoods, and on the changes that have taken place in ethnicity, religion, class and community. It covers the period of prosperity when the factories of the New York garment industry moved into town for the middle years of the 20th century and made Shamokin a shopping mecca.
Attendees are reminded that there is no handicapped access to the second floor of the library, where the lecture will take place.