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336 Mate St.
Matewan, WV 25678
USA

304-663-2202

The WV Mine Wars Museum 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. The museum is dedicated to educating the public about the events of the Mine Wars era, including the history of the United Mine Workers of America in the local area; the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike of 1912-1913; the 1920 Matewan Massacre; and the 1921 Miners March leading to Battle of Blair Mountain. Finally, it aims to educate youth, promote heritage tourism, and foster local economic development.

 

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Save the Date

Film Director, John Sayles

Film Director, John Sayles

This October 7th, acclaimed independent film director John Sayles and producer Maggie Renzi are teaming up with The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum to host a 30th Anniversay Film Screening of Matewan in Charleston. 

Filmed in the coalfields of Southern West Virginia and featuring local residents as extras, Matewan captures a critical moment in labor history when miners across the Southern Coalfields led a rank and file organizing drive that would change the course of labor relations in our nation for decades to come.


Save the Date on October 7th to catch one of two screenings at the Clay Center Planetarium, along with a raffle, live music, refreshments, Mine Wars Museum merch and a Q&A with the film's creators. Tickets will go on sale at the Clay Center website later this month! 

Museum members are also invited to attend a special Members Mingle with John Sayles and Maggie Renzi that morning at 11AM, location coming soon. Look for member invitations shortly! Non-members may sign up for membership here.

Many thanks to the West Virginia Humanities Council for their co-sponsorship of this event. All proceeds for the event benefit The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum's Blair Centennial Project, which is made possible through funding by the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

We can't wait to eat popcorn and explore this history with you—see you October 7th!


NEH to Fund Blair Centennial Project!

On August 2, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum is the recipient of a $30,000 challenge grant for The Blair Centennial Project, our long-term plan to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Blair Mountain in 2021!

The five-day Battle of Blair Mountain unfolded on the border of Boone and Logan counties and pitted unionist coal miners against local law enforcement and citizen militias. The Blair Centennial Celebration will consist of five days of fun, interpretive activities spread out across the coalfield counties where the conflict took place. 

The NEH grant committee called the Blair Centennial Project “A bold and collaborative effort to use the humanities to foster cultural tourism and give a challenged community hope for the future through respect for the past.”

Thank you to our partners the West Virginia Humanities Council, the West Virginia Labor History Association, the UMWA Local 1440, the National Coal Heritage Area, the West Virginia Preservation Alliance, the West Virginia Community Development Hub, and Eliza Newland at the Watts Museum for your support! 

Thank You for Believing in Us, NEH!


First visit to our site? Watch this video for an introduction to the Museum's work...

A lot has been written and said about the mine wars, but it has usually been somebody else’s interpretation of the story. This is the first time that our people are in charge of the narrative, our own history.
— Volunteer Wilma Steele