Blair Mountain Strike Supper
Let's Cook Up a Blair Centennial in 2021!
you can also RSVP for the Blair Centennial Kick-off Meeting at the link above
Join us for a Strike Supper this September 22nd in downtown Matewan, WV. The Supper will feature foods inspired by the many races and ethnicities represented in the unionist miners’ ranks. Besides great food, the Supper will also include the first ever Red Bandanna Awards, bestowed on modern-day West Virginia hellraisers, a raffle, a story collection booth, and a redneck portrait studio to round out the festivities. Museum Members who attend will receive special perks!
This Strike Supper also marks the beginning of our Blair Centennial Celebration in 2021. Museum partners from historic organizations, tourism offices, union locals, musicians, reenactment society are invited to a Kick-off Meeting prior to the Supper to get our Blair Centennial Planning underway! If your organization would like to help bring the Blair Centennial to life, RSVP for the Meeting on the Supper Ticket page.
The Blair Centennial Kick-off Meeting will be from 12:30-4:00pm, followed by the Supper from 4:30-7:00pm.
Thanks to our project sponsors: the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Coal Heritage Area Authority, and the Appalachian Community Fund.
Redneck Pride and Power is Revived in West Virginia
This winter thousands of teachers across the state took up the tradition of our Mine Wars predecessors, by standing up for their rights to fair pay and a decent living.
Some striking teachers even donned red bandanas, recalling the uniform of miners from the Mine Wars era.
We were proud to see this sign of our hertiage on display and even prouder to see our fellow working women and men showing us what powerful unions look like today in West Virginia.
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!