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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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We Need You to Make Sure This Story is Told

Museum Members will be sent an official West Virginia Mine Wars Museum Member Card, modeled after the United Mine Worker's of America Member Card

Museum Members will be sent an official West Virginia Mine Wars Museum Member Card, modeled after the United Mine Worker's of America Member Card

 

Miners fought for their rights as workers and as Americans by banding together--across race and ethnicity--for a common cause. They believed all people had the right to safe, dignified, fair work. 

Today, we're inviting you to join us in ensuring that the story of these miners and their families is honored and learned from for decades to come. Be one of the first Members of The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum.

We're banding together like the men and women who lived this history to be sure it will live on--to be sure it will live in our children. Sign up today for your Mine Wars Museum Membership!

 



The new Miner's Memorial exhibit is now on display!

For the rest of August, you can find the new Miner's Memorial exhibit on display at the United Mine Workers of America Local 1440 Union Hall in Matewan. While there, you can make a check tag in memory of a fallen miner. Check out the video display, great photos and stories of mine disasters in the area too. The exhibit will move to the Museum in early September. Special thanks to those of you that joined us on August 6th for the big unveiling!


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