Patchwork Voices


The Coal and Coke Heritage Center is located at Penn State's Fayette Campus in Uniontown, PA. The Center houses industrial artifacts, oral histories, primary documents, and other materials pertaining to the rich industrial history of the region.

The Patch/Work Voices project captures and preserves the history of the coal and coke industry and the culture and heritage of the bituminous coal miners and coke workers of southwestern Pennsylvania, focusing on the area known as the Connellsville Coke Region. The Connellsville Coke Region is a long narrow strip of land averaging three and a half miles wide and nearly 40 miles long. The region covers approximately 137 square miles. It is tucked along the base of the mountains from Latrobe in Westmoreland County to the area around Smithfield in Fayette County. The era of the Connellsville Coke Region spans roughly the century from 1870-1970 when it fueled the fires of industry.

The project serves as a resource center and archives for:

  • more than 500 hours of recorded interviews
  • mining artifacts, photographs, maps, blueprints, documents, and scrapbooks
  • special library collections of coal mining literature, manuscripts, essays, poetry, and journal articles
  • music, videos, and slide/tape presentations
  • art work collection of local and regional artists chronicling the lives, places, and events of the Connellsville Coke Region







Coal and Coke Heritage Center
Penn State University-Fayette Campus Library
2201 University Drive
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456


Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 AM-2 PM.



Directions From the Inne at watsons Choice
234 Balsinger Road, Uniontown, PA 15401
Head east on Balsinger Rd/Old State Rte 21 toward S&T
Dr Continue to follow Balsinger Rd 0.6 mi Turn left onto PA-21 E 2.1 mi
Turn right to merge onto US-119 N/US-40 W
Continue to follow US-119 N
Destination will be on the left

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234 Balsinger Road
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