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336 Mate St.
Matewan, WV 25678


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.



Thanks to the WV Mine Wars Members who Make this Work Possible!



We've just wrapped up our second member drive and 163 of you have stepped up to show your solidarity! It's incredible. Here's why:

Last year after our first member drive, we were able to raise 80% of our annual budget from individual contributions like these. That means members--people like you who give $3.50 or $10.00 or $25.00 a month--are what makes The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum sustain and grow.
We want to take this opportunity to say, thank you. It's incredible to have 163 members on our team this year! 

Want to join the new members that have said "Yes!" to promoting this history? Here's how.

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! 

Thank You for Believing in Us, NEH!

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