Newton Ransom native to perform during program for Knox disaster 50th anniversary

First Posted: 1/14/2009

On Saturday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m., the powerful story of the Knox Mine Disaster will be presented at the Anthracite Heritage Museum in McDade Park. A free public program will mark 50 years since the January day when the ice-laden waters of the Susquehanna River broke into the Knox Mine at Port Griffith, Luzerne County, sweeping away 12 men and ending deep mining of anthracite in the Wyoming Valley.
Audrey Baloga Calvey will display publicly for the first time, a large needlework she designed and embroidered as a tribute to her father, John Baloga, and the other men lost that day. Newton-Ransom area native Tom Smith will perform his ballad inspired by the tragedy, and Dave and Al Brocca, formerly of the Wyoming Valley, will show scenes from their forthcoming documentary on the event. Historians Robert P. and Kenneth C. Wolensky, area natives who have researched and written extensively on the topic, will offer perspective. Survivors, family members and others will share memories and comment on the impact that the Knox Mine Disaster had on the anthracite community.
Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance or accommodations to participate in this program or visit the Museum should call the Museum at 963-4804 in advance to discuss their needs. Pennsylvania TDD relay service is available at 800-654-5984.The museum is located in McDade Park, off Keyser Avenue in Scranton. For details, call 963-4804 or visit or

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