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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.


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Band Together. Become a Member!

We Need You to Make Sure This Story is Told

Visitors from the Mother Jones Museum in Illinois

Visitors from the Mother Jones Museum in Illinois

Miners fought for their rights as workers and as Americans by banding together--across race and ethnicity--for a common cause. They believed all people had the right to safe, dignified, fair work. And today, we're inviting you to join us in ensuring that the story of these miners and their families is honored and learned from for decades to come. Be a part of it by becoming one of the first Members of The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum.

We have learned that it takes all of us. Each exhibit, each community event, each new journal, each conversation with a child about the significance of a red bandana--these things are possible when, and only if, we all chip in. Each of us becoming a member at the suggest $5 a month amount will go a long way toward making the museum a lasting institution in the town of Matewan. 

Let's band together like the men and women who lived this history. Sign up today for your Mine Wars Museum Membership!

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Museum Members will be sent an official West Virginia Mine Wars Museum Member Card, modeled after the United Mine Worker's of America Member Card

Museum Members will be sent an official West Virginia Mine Wars Museum Member Card, modeled after the United Mine Worker's of America Member Card


What does a Mine Wars Museum Member Get?

  • A one-of-a-kind West Virginia Mine Wars Museum Member Card
  • Free admission to The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum
  • A free copy of The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum Journal, In These Hills, and a chance to be named in the next edition
  • An opportunity to be featured in The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum e-newsletter
  • The pride that comes from helping to teach this important history




What We've Done, Together

Just 18 months ago, a core group of historians, a designer, a writer, a organizer and Matewan community members came together with over 400 volunteers and donors to bring the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum to life!

We had no funds and no staff when we began, but we did have a shared vision. We believed that we could build a Museum that would tell the hidden story of a conflict so great and so important that it would change the shape of labor relations in our nation for the century to come.

Today,  the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum is a reality. In the past year alone we’ve:

  • hosted three successful in-house events including the airing of PBS’ new Mine Wars documentary at The May Day Matinee, the unveiling a new Miners’ Memorial Exhibit, and  a Legends and Legacies gathering, where we heard Mine Wars stories, passed down over the generations
  • released a first edition of the new journal, In These Hills, that includes features from the Museum itself, along with new writings and explorations of Holly Grove and the Paint Creek Cabin Creek Strikes
  • hosted tour groups from across West Virginia, not to mention visitors from France, Illinois, Matewan itself, and hundreds of places in between
  • hired a Program Fellow to greet visitors on weekends and manage operations at the Museum storefront
  • built a display to take on the road to History Days at the Capitol, Bridge Day, Hubapalooza and more
  • shared Mine Wars history and museum how-tos at gatherings around the region including the West Virginia Association of Museums and the Appalachian Studies Association conferences