A photo exhibit with strong local interest, "Tamaqua - A Portrait in White," will debut with a reception Thursday evening at the Tamaqua Chamber Gallery, 114 W. Broad St.

Tamaqua native Scott Herring is celebrating his 40th Anniversary as the coal region's "Last Anthracite Photographer" and his hometown is featured in a uniquely personal photo exhibit from The Hardcoal Chronicles.

The Tamaqua Historical Society will host the opening reception in conjunction with the Tamaqua Chamber Gallery from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free, refreshments will be served, and everyone is invited.

On display will be images which reflect the Tamaqua origin of Herring's photographic work from the 1970s to the present, widely considered the largest body of anthracite region documentation ever created in the area's long history. Herring displays descriptions and memories with each photograph presented.

This is the first of seven venues throughout the Anthracite Region marking the 40th Anniversary of The Hardcoal Chronicles. The public is invited to come out and meet Herring and see who you might recognize in his photographs.

Organizers say the exhibit offers an unique opportunity to share in memories of Tamaqua during that period.

A similar show by Herring opened in Pottsville on April 20, drawing over 700 to the Female Grammar School, home of the Schuylkill County Historical Society.

The Tamaqua show will showcase all local images, with many of the pictures taken in the 1970s and 80s.