Massacre Site Survey/ Newpaper Article

On the 13th and 14th of November the Lattimer Massacre Project surveyed the site of the massacre to determine if archaeological remains still exist on the land.  We know this is sacred ground in all cases, but we are interested in seeing if archaeology might offer further insight into the events of September of 1897.  There are many historical and word-of-mouth accounts that already exist of the massacre, and part of our project will be to compile them and compare them to the archaeological record. You can read a bit more about our survey in an article in the Hazleton Standard Speaker (http://standardspeaker.com/news/are-bullets-lattimer-massacre-s-smoking-gun-1.1066887) that came out November 21st.

We were aided in our investigation by the Battlefield Restoration and Archaeological Volunteer Organization (BRAVO), an organization experienced in examining battlefields across the country. (http://www.bravodigs.org/)  

The second reason for exploring the site is to ensure that the events of that day are never forgotten: to make them news again.  In this way we hope to expand new discussion of the events, the conditions that resulted in them, and their effects on everyday life in Hazleton.  For this reason we hope you will comment on our project either through the blog, through email or on the newspaper article that came out in the  on the 21st of November.  Through our work in the community of Lattimer we have come to know that many people are connected to the history of the massacre, through work, family commnity or personal interest.  We even heard some second- and third-hand accounts of the event.   

In the coming weeks we will post photos from the survey on the blog.  Meanwhile, we are hoping to hear from you!

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About LM Project
The LMP is a collaborative endeavor which aims to recognize the events surrounding the Lattimer Massacre, an incident that changed the labor movement and impacted the world by bringing to light economic disparities and ethnic tensions in the anthracite region of PA.

2 Responses to Massacre Site Survey/ Newpaper Article

  1. Joe D says:

    Read the article in the Hazleton Standard Speaker this past week about your research and McKenna’s corner, etc. I was happy to have found your blog link in the article, as I have been doing casual research on the subject of the Lattimer Massacre since I learned of my family’s ties with it from my grandparents.

    My great grandmother’s brother, (family name Cazja) was killed in the massacre, my grandfather worked with George Tribull (sp?) who was wounded in the massacre, and there are stories of family members who fled the shooting.

    I have a copy of “The Guns of Lattimer” by Michael Novak, which has, until now, been my “bible” on the subject. I have only just begun reading through your site. Thanks for this work!

    • LM Project says:

      Joe,

      Thanks so much for the comment. It has been fantastic to hear from people who have family stories about the massacre and about life at the time. I would love to hear these stories some time. I am hoping to compile them all. In the end, archaeology is only one of the many ways to look at this event.

      Best,
      Mike

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