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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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About the Museum

The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, in the heart of Historic Matewan, preserves and interprets artifacts and historical records of the local communities affected by the West Virginia Mine Wars, exploring historical events from multiple perspectives through the lives of ordinary people. We aim to be a community partner through youth education and promotion of heritage tourism.

The WV Mine Wars Museum building at 336 Mate Street. Back in 1921, it was Chambers Hardware, owned by the father of Sid Hatfield's deputy sheriff. Sid Hatfield and his boys met up in the back of the museum to plan their ambush of Baldwin Felts guards who were coming to catch the train out back. 

The museum is located at 336 Mate Street in Matewan, in a building that still bears the scars of bullet holes from the Matewan Massacre shootout. Its offerings include exhibits about coal camp life, the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike of 1912-1913, the Matewan Massacre, the Miners’ March, and the Battle of Blair Mountain. Housing the largest exhibited collection of Mine Wars Era artifacts, oral histories, digitized film reels, maps, and historic photos, the museum simulates the journey that many mining families took as they organized together for their rights.

Who We Are

Board Members
Lou Martin
Chuck Keeney

Wilma Steele
Catherine Moore

Francine Jones
Elijah Hooker

Randy Marcum
Kenny King

Project Coordinator
Katey Lauer

Creative Director, Exhibition and Graphic Designer
Shaun Slifer

Fundraising and Outreach Consultant
Rebecca Susman

Founding Board Members
Charles Dixon
Greg Galford

Building the museum

Creating the exhibitions you see today was an intensive process. In this video our creative director/ exhibition designer Shaun Slifer walks through the vision during the earlier stages of planning.

Support

Many thanks to these sponsoring organizations for their ongoing support!

None of this would be possible without our Board President’s lifelong devotion to preserving the artifacts of the mine wars. Here is Kenny King at an early open house with some of the items he’s collected over the years. These artifacts are currently incorporated into the museums exhibits.