What a day we had with MATEWAN!
The 30th Anniversary Film Screening was what we dreamed of and more!
500 folks came out to spend the day, we took a deep dive into our state's difficult and powerful past, we ate (a lot!), we shared music and an all-star list of raffle prizes, we visited for 2 full days with the film's creators, and we met our fundraising goals for the Blair Centennial Project. The community that backs the work of The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum astounds us.
Thank you for an incredible event.
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!