Welcome to the cyberspace home of the The Pennsylvania-Anthracite Section of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration / AIME.
Our Section originally covered northeastern and central Pennsylvania and stretched from Carbondale in Lackawanna County at the north end to above Harrisburg in Dauphin County, the anthracite fields of Pennsylvania, the power source of the industrial revolution that changed America. As of February 28, 2018, the Penn-Anthracite Section was joined by the counties that comprised the former Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia Sections - SME so we now encompass all of eastern Pennsylvania along with western and southern New Jersey.
We are proudly descended from the founding of the American Institute of Mining Engineers founded in 1871 during a meeting of the leading mining engineers of the time at the Wyoming Valley Hotel on South River Street in Wilkes-Barre, the heart of the anthracite mining industry in northeastern Pennsylvania. We celebrated our 147th annual meeting this past summer.
On February 17, 1914, the Pennsylvania Anthracite Section became the 10th local chapter of AIME, so this year is our 104th anniversary as a separate section.