Caledonia Homecoming 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10:00am until Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 4:00pm

Location: Linwood Park, State Hwy 38 and 5 Mile Road, Caledonia, WI (just south of Milwaukee)

This will be a two day event at a historical society in Caledonia, WI. This will be a first time event for us. We will most likely be bringing the museum set-up, once again focusing on the pre-industrial era of coal mining (roughly 1890 to 1940s).

Contact M. Michna – or 262-758-2131 for details and registration

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Military History Fest 8: February 3-5

Coming up in about two weeks on February 3-5, we’ll be attending Reenactorfest on Saturday the 4th for a few hours. We won’t have a set-up, just doing a day trip.

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Miner’s Double Buckle Boots


Since trousers tend to be the first piece of clothing that suffers from day to day wear, workers came up with some pretty inventive ways to keep their clothing in the best of shape as possible.

If one looks closely at these photos of five male employees of the Rocky Mountain Fuel Company in Colorado (circa: 1910-1930), some of the miners have ankle boots similar to the M43 US combat boot.

Boots with ankle gaiters were sometimes worn by workers in the early 20th century in order to prevent the trousers from getting caught up in debris, branches, etc.


This ad from the mid-to late 1920s also shows an example of the double buckle boots from the era.

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Miner’s Cap

The newest period item to be added to our museum collection. This particular cap was not used in West Virginia, rather in the lead mines of SW Wisconsin. However, this style was in use by most miners. The outer rim is made of a khaki cotton duck while the inside is a flannel.

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Like us on Facebook

Sorry for the lack of posts lately! We’ll get back to posting on a more constant basis starting in 2012. For more up to date discussion about Blair Mountain’s history and upcoming events, Be sure to like us on Facebook!

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Happy Veterans Day

November 11, 1918 / November 11, 2011……in Memory and Honor of the 10 million men killed, 20 million wounded in the senseless and unncessary waste that was the Great War (1914 – 1918). This is the first Veteran’s Day commemoration since the death of the last combat veteran of the Great War. Memory has now become history. I’d like to thank my great-grandpa, whom fought in the Great War and all the men and the women in today. Thanks and a great big thanks to all the vets. It’s your day.

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New Items Added to Display

We were able to find a 1917 dated copy of the Songs of Soldiers and Sailors issued to the American Forces during WW1. We also received a 1917 copy of the Army drill regulations. Both of these items will be added to the displays we set up.

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Last minute event

October 8 – 9, 2011
Union Grove
Features re-enactors from the 1700’s through settlement, the Civil War and beyond sharing history with visitors – fur trappers, buckskinners, and soldiers. No admission charge for this family friendly, educational and fun event.
Racine County Fairgrounds, WI
Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-3pm.

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Our Set Up

Posting something other than our normal historical posts. These are some examples of our “museum” that we will sometimes bring out with us at events. A majority of the items presented came from Southern West Virginia and Kentucky. Most items date from roughly the 1880s and into the 1940s since we also discuss parts of the miner’s daily lives vs. just exclusively on the Battle of Blair Mountain, itself, because it is important to remember the context of the times that these men and women lived in.

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Our New Facebook Page

Be sure to like us on Facebook! Here you can see photographs of our reenactments and other things exclusive to the group page!

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