Mine Wars Museum in Matewan seeking input at open house

MATEWAN – The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, now under construction in Matewan, invites the public to its open house on November 8, from 12 – 4 p.m. Attendees will experience a sneak peak of the museum’s plans and contribute their ideas on how they think the museum should look and feel.

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Blair Community Center and Museum

Blair Community Center and Museum is opening Sept. 4th, 5PM

Join us for an evening of music and BBQ and check out our growing museum of artifacts and pictures from Blair Mountain and the surrounding areas as well as arts and crafts from local artisans.

Blair Community Center and Museum will house the Friends of Blair Mountain office, a small heritage museum, a craft-shop of local made goods, a Blair Mountain historical archive, and a small library centered on Appalachian studies. The majority of the space will be used for community events and socializing space.

Museum- This small heritage museum will display artifacts from the Battle of Blair Mountain as well as old photographs and maps from the area around Blair. We will be offering tours through the museum and on up Blair Mountain in addition to being a pit stop for Coal Country Tours LLC that will be stopping at our Museum on their way to the top of Blair Mountain. There will also be paintings and photographs for sale by community members, as well as a gift shop.

Office- In the office we will be tracking permits on Blair Mountain and organizing resistance to them, keeping blasting surveys, water surveys, and have computers to be used for research

Library and Archives- In the months to come we will be building a library of all books, audio, and newspaper clippings that have to do with Blair Mountain. The library will also include Appalachian field guides, Coal and labor union history, Craft guides and Childrens books.

Miner’s Monuement, Madison WV

Sorry for the lack of updates in a while! Been busy with other projects.

Published in: on June 17, 2011 at 6:06 pm  Comments Off on Miner’s Monuement, Madison WV  

Miner Helmets

Various Helmets dating from the 1900s to 1950s.

Miners’ helmets and caps in the U.S. were initially used more for the utilitarian purpose of having a place to hold a lamp while the miner worked. They were later developed into a safety device to protect the miner.

In the United States, the E.D. Bullard Company was a mining equipment firm in California, created by Edward Dickinson Bullard in 1898, who was in the industrial safety business for 20 years. The company sold protective hats, but they were only made of leather. His son, E.W. Bullard, arrived home from World War I with a steel helmet, which provided him with an idea to improve industrial safety. In 1919 Bullard patented a “Hard-Boiled Hat”, made of steamed canvas, glue and black paint. That same year the U.S. Navy commissioned Bullard to create a shipyard protective cap, which began the widespread use of hard hats. Not long after, Bullard developed an internal suspension that would provide a more effective hat.

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Published in: on May 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm  Comments Off on Miner Helmets  
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Bituminous Coal Heritage Foundation Museum


One place we recommend visiting while doing research on Blair Mountain and mining history of Southern West Virgina is the Bituminous Coal Heritage Foundation Museum. They have a vast collection of period pieces that date from the 1800s to the present, including artifacts from the Battle of Blair Mountain and other primary sources.

As their website states, they are “preserving the heritage of the Southern WV coal fields through Miner’s tools, photographs, oral history tapes, company records and other pieces of the state’s mining history.

It was established in 1999 and is housed in the former Madison Post Office that was built in 1924.

Open Monday through Friday 12PM-4PM
347 Main Street, Boone County, Madison, WV 25130
Contact: Larry V. Lodato, Phone: 304-369-5180 or 9118,Fax: 304-369-9130,
Email: boonedevcorp@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.wvcoalmuseum.org
Located in downtown Madison, West Virgina. US Rt. 119 (Corridor G) Take the Danville-Madison Exit, go two miles to Madison.

Published in: on May 4, 2011 at 8:43 pm  Comments Off on Bituminous Coal Heritage Foundation Museum  
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