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The mission of Miners Hall Museum is to preserve and present authentic materials and artifacts that document the history of coal mining and its impact on Southeast Kansas, as well as to be a vital partner in the educational and cultural life of Southeast Kansas through its collections and programs.
Miners Halll Museum preserves and presents the coal-mining history of Southeast Kansas.
Currently, Miners Hall displays long-term exhibits on the work, people, and culture of the coal-mining communities in this area. Some topics of these interesting exhibits include the history of immigration, coal-mining tools, conditions in the mines, and medical treatment in the coal camps. In the process of creating such important displays, MHM welcomes donations of artifacts and historical documents that help us expand and refresh our exhibits. We at MHM believe it is the museum’s duty to provide a space for this region to present its history and participate in its preservation.
To provide even more learning opportunities for the public, the museum also offers quarterly exhibits that focus on different topics of the region’s history. Some examples have included "The History of Quilting," "Slovenes in Southeast Kansas," and "A Nation Divided: The American Civil War." The Miners Hall Museum utilizes these quarterly and long-term exhibits to support its mission. The mission of MHM is to preserve and present authentic materials and artifacts that document the history of coal mining and its impact on Southeast Kansas as well as to be a vital partner in the educational and cultural life of Southeast Kansas through its collections and programs.
In addition to the programs and exhibits in the museum, MHM also provides educational opportunities throughout the community. In the near future, the museum will provide a "Traveling Trunk" program for local schools that will include reproductions of artifacts and lesson plans for teachers to teach local history in a hands-on manner. The education of our children is a priority for the museum and MHM supports the humanities in public schools.
The Miners Hall Museum also has an extensive research library that includes information on many of the small coal-mining towns and camps that existed in the early twentieth century. With the help of the community we are able to identify photographs, learn new family stories, and document them for researchers and anyone interested in the history of Crawford and Cherokee counties in Southeast Kansas.
As we expand our sights at the Miners Hall Museum we always remember the hard-working people who came before us in Southeast Kansas and how they affected our lives today. In doing so, we maintain that the history of Southeast Kansas’s coal-mining operations is unique and must be preserved and remembered for years to come and endeavor to achieve this goal every day.
- Sally York
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