Lorena Beniquez

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society hosted author and photographer Lorena Beniquez at a special lecture and book-signing on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 2pm.

Lost Coal Country of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Lorena Beniquez captured the oral and physical history of the anthracite region in Lost Coal Country of Northeastern Pennsylvania (Arcadia Publishing). Her lecture included photographs and discussion of regional association with the coal industry.

Although the great-granddaughter of a coal miner, Beniquez knew little of her family’s history in the mines. She set out on a journey to recover not only her own history but that of countless other families.

Lost Coal Country of Northeastern Pennsylvania documents the region’s disappearing history which shaped the legacy of the United States of America and the Industrial Revolution. In addition to being a history book, this is also a field guide to the heritage sites that still remain, including the state’s last coal breaker.

After the lecture, she autographed copies of the volume, which are also available in the Museum Store.