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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.

 

We'll Come to You

 

The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum volunteer team is happy to come to your event, gallery--and soon, classroom--to share the lessons of the Mine Wars with your community. Interested? You can find more details below!

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Tabling Display: Mine Wars History

   Our tabling display is available to be featured at community days, fairs, and other public events. It showcases informational placards about the Mine Wars era, including a timeline of events and biographies of Mine Wars heroes, as well as artifacts such as company scrip, a miner’s lamp, and bullet casings from the Blair Mountain Battlefield. Moreover, the display also includes an interactive element where visitors can make check tags to be added to our Miner’s Memorial exhibit.  

  A staff person from the Museum must accompany the tabling display at all times.

Cost: $150 + travel

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Traveling Exhibit: Miners’ Memorial

   Our new Miner’s Memorial exhibit will be available to museums, art galleries, and other public and cultural centers as an installation beginning Fall 2017. (Contact us now to make arrangements!

   The exhibit tells the story of the history of mine disasters in West Virginia. The exhibit is a 3-sided kiosk. Its panels include a video history, a story board with photos and text, and an interactive panel that allows visitors to create a check tag in honor of a fallen miner that then becomes a part of the display.

  Because of the interactive nature of this exhibit, it is best suited for a place that has staff or volunteers who can assist visitors to participate. The host must keep the exhibit for at least six months.

  Cost: $300 + delivery costs

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Coming Soon: Classroom Workshop

  Beginning Spring 2018, The Mine Wars Museum will offer curriculum to 4th, 8th, and 11th grade students and teachers that meets the West Virginia state education standards. Moreover, we will offer individually designed workshops to school-age groups inside and outside of the classroom. We look forward to sharing more details this Fall!