The 1902 Anthracite Strike: Causes and Consequences

A 120th Anniversary Evaluation
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, 5:30 pm, and Lackawanna County Courthouse, 200 N. Washington Ave., Courtroom 3

Dr. Robert Wolensky, sociologist and anthracite historian, will provide a keynote on the 1902 labor strike in Scranton, PA followed by remarks from respondent panelists and a moderated conversation with Q&A. Dr. Wolensky will provide insights into the history of labor and industry of the region by highlighting factors that led to the 1902 strike, resulting labor laws, and the experiences of marginalized groups within the labor movement. Respondents will discuss how the complexities surrounding the 1902 strike can provide insights into the present and future of labor and the economy for Scranton and the nation.   

This event will take place in Courtroom 3 in the historic Lackawanna County Courthouse - the same courtroom were arbitration of the 1902 Anthracite Strike, which included President Theodore Roosevelt, took place. We are deeply grateful for the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas for hosting this event. 

Keynote Speaker


Robert Wolensky, Ph.D.
Author and Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point; and Adjunct Professor of History, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Respondent Panelists



Melissa R. Meade, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication
Allegheny College and founder of "The Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania Digital Project," a public digital humanities forum that she continues to maintain. Learn more about Dr. Meade here.


Paige Gebhardt Cognetti 
Mayor of Scranton

Event sponsors:

  • The University of Scranton
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Lackawanna County Arts & Culture
  • The Lackawanna Historical Society
  • WVIA
  • special thanks to the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas
  • with the support of additional community partner organizations