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Below are links to various webpages that may interest you. Please note that were not affiliated with any of the following sites or organizations:

Historical References:

Labor History of the Fairmont Field and The Federal No. 3 Mine.

When Miners March is the definitive history of the coal miners of West Virginia. William C. Blizzard wrote the text in the early 1950s while his father, miner’s hero Fearless Bill Blizzard, was still alive and able to comment. Political realities kept the book in a box for more than half a century–unavailable to either scholars writing their own accounts of the mine wars or Union families seeking to pass on their own proud heritage.

West Virginia Coal Mining: Coal mines have had a definite impact on what West Virginia was and is today. It is a part of us, as it was a part of our ancestors. I beleive that in understanding what our ancestors went through, and how they lived will help us in understanding ourselves. I also beleive that this site has the potential to help others understand us better, whether they themselves have roots in WV or not.

Coal Heritage Trail: Coal mines produced the abundant and economical fuel which transformed rural America into an industrial power, provided jobs and homes for thousands of people fleeing persecution and oppression, made immense fortunes for those who invested in the industry, and produced a storied society with a peculiar and fascinating legacy.

Coal Country Tours LLC: Coal Country Tours LLC is pleased to offer to those who wish to learn more, to the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of coal miners everywhere, and to those who seek a better understanding of our past and present, the opportunity to tour the southern West Virginia coalfields and to visit the sites and learn the history of the West Virginia Mine Wars.

The Patch/Work Voices project captures and preserves the history of the coal and coke industry and the culture and heritage of the bituminous coal miners and coke workers of southwestern Pennsylvania, focusing on the area known as the Connellsville Coke Region. The Connellsville Coke Region is a long narrow strip of land averaging three and a half miles wide and nearly 40 miles long. The region covers approximately 137 square miles. It is tucked along the base of the mountains from Latrobe in Westmoreland County to the area around Smithfield in Fayette County. The era of the Connellsville Coke Region spans roughly the century from 1870-1970 when it fueled the fires of industry

Matewan: You will find in our web site details on the infamous Battle of Matewan, the legendary tales of the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s Feud, the devastating floods of the Tug Valley, as well as current information geared to the local citizens of the Tug Valley area.

United Mine Workers of America was the union that most of the miners joined in order to protest the power of the Coal Operators.

Black Coal Miner Heritage: African American
history and genealogy covering roughly the period from the Civil War to 1930.

Museums:

Coal Heritage Foundation Museum: 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.

Whipple Company Store: A 1890s Company Store that still stands as a historical site in West Virginia.

The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, now under construction in Matewan, preserves and interprets artifacts and historical records of the local communities affected by the mine wars, exploring historical events from multiple perspectives through the lives of ordinary people.

Mining Artifacts:
Mining Memorabilia: Evolution of headwear of miners from the 1800s to 1960s.

Hal’s Lamp Post: A Mining Collector’s Website about mining artifacts from coal, copper and other materials.

Into the Mines: A link about the mining tools used in the late 1800s into the 1930s.

Mining Artifacts: A site that focuses on historical and collecting aspects of coal mining.

Organizations and Programmings for the Preservation of Blair Mountain:

Blair Pathways: Blair Pathways is a multi-media project which uses music and narrative to tell the story of the West Virginia Mine Wars (1900-1921). The story is told through a series of historic music pieces, covered by contemporary musicians, which take the listener step-by-step through the main events and themes of these wars.

Blair Mountain Heritage Alliance: Working to preserve Blair Mountain and build a better more sustainable future in Blair and all of central Appalachia.

Reenacting Related:

The Splendid Little Wars Forum: We are dedicated to recreating the period between 1867 and 1919. This era, known as the Gilded Age, was one of tremendous change around the world. Interests here range from the American Indian Wars to the Spanish-American War to World War I. This is not an exclusively American site, either – members reenact any number of armies or cultures that existed during this period. If you’re interested in this fascinating period, this forum is the place for you

Heartland Doughboys: Based of out the upper Midwest, the Heartland Doughboys is an informal grouping of professional historians, academics, authors, reenactors, and World War One enthusiasts who strive to learn more about The First World War. This knowledge is interpreted to the general public through speaking engagements, experiential learning activities, and outreach programming.

Historical First Impressions: A friend of BMRS, Jessica Michna has become widely known for her riveting portrayals of First Ladies Abigail Adams, Mary Todd Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt.

The Coal Wars Living History Project: Dedicated to commemorating the West Virginia Mine Wars through living history with a Focus on the Largest Rebellion in America after the Civil War – The Battle of Blair Mountain.

Published on March 16, 2011 at 12:03 am  Comments Off on Links  
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