Appalachian Heritage Lecture Series At Concord University Hosting Presentation On Southern West Virginia Mine Wars

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 04 2019


Sarah M. Pritchett

Concord University

Office of Advancement   

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,


After 4 p.m.

Office: 304-384-5211

Cell: 304-320-6405





ATHENS, W.Va. – The J. Frank Marsh Library of Concord University will host Ms. Mackenzie New, the recently appointed Director of the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum located in historic Matewan, WV, on Tuesday, March 19 at 6 p.m.


Ms. New, who earned her degree in History and Political Science from Marshall University, will present the third in the library sponsored Appalachian Heritage Lecture Series. She will discuss the Southern West Virginia Mine Wars, a complicated, dramatic and often overlooked chapter of American History. 

Miners and their families faced desperate conditions both in the mines and in the company- controlled coal camps and towns where they lived. The working conditions were dangerous. When not in the mine, they lived in a system that was governed by the mine owners who not only controlled the politics of the coal camps and towns, but the economy as well. These conditions led to events such as the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike, the Matewan Massacre, and the Battle of Blair Mountain – the largest civil uprising in American history outside the Civil War. 


The Mine Wars Museum works to preserve and interpret artifacts and historical records of the communities affected by the West Virginia Mine Wars by exploring historical events from multiple perspectives through the lives of ordinary people. Ms. New will discuss what has been done to commemorate the struggles of the miners and their families.

The museum aims to be a community partner through youth education and the promotion of heritage tourism. 

The Appalachian Heritage Lecture series presents topics of interest focusing on the cultural heritage of the Appalachian region. Programs are free and the community is invited to attend. For further information, please contact the Library at 304-384-5371.



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if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.