DALLAS — The Friends of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library at Misericordia University is sponsoring the educational program, “Life in a Coal Mining Town,’’ by Pennsylvania and coal-country native Martin J. Hula at noon Wednesday, Sept. 7 in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the library. The event is free and open to the public.
Hula’s program includes a presentation and documentary he produced. His presentation outlines the “stark reality of living in such a town in the 1940s,’’ he said in a news release.
The four-part program features an introductory talk, 25-minute documentary, an exhibit of coal mining artifacts and a question-and-answer session.
A native Pennsylvanian, Hula was born and raised in a small coal-mining town. Shortly after high school, he enlisted in the United States Army and served overseas. His life experiences have led to three books: “The Coal Picker,’’ “Soul of a Fool,’’ and “My Patch of Bitter Earth.’’
Published in 2014, “The Coal Picker” is about a fictional family that lives in a small coal town. The tight-knit family is torn apart by the suspicious death of the father. Years later, the son returns to his hometown under an assumed name to enact a plan he devised to find out what led to his father’s death.