West Virginia Museums

“WV Mine Wars Museum” – Matewan

“This is the first time that our people are in charge of our own history.”

“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. 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. Using audio, video, artifacts, maps, and historic photos, the museum simulates the journey that many mining families took as they began to organize to gain rights.”

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“Matewan Minewars Museum” – WV Public Broadcasting

“The Matewan WV Mine Wars Museum’s open house and tour.”

(2:56/2014/WV Public Broadcasting)


“Mine Wars Museum reopens in new building with more exhibits, room for growth”

Explore West Virginia Gazette’s “Mine Wars Museum reopens in new building with more exhibits, room for growth” article – September 5, 2020 (pdf)

Explore Photos from West Virginia Gazette’s “Mine Wars Museum reopens in new building with more exhibits, room for growth”  – September 5, 2020 (pdf)

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