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Discovery Room 19: The Mine Wars

Discovery Room 19



The days of the Mine Wars in West Virginia were as dark as the coal over which men struggled. Violence raged at the mines, and in the towns, as labor unrest brought a focus on troubling working conditions, poor living conditions, and the need for better communication. You’ll learn more about some of the people involved in the conflict in this Discovery Room. You’ll also see an early West Virginia State Policeman’s uniform. This law enforcement agency was formed during this time.

Get a glimpse of the issues by watching early newsreels in the 1920’s style theater that’s beside the Discovery Room. The theater is designed like the lavish theaters at the time, when Vaudeville shows and moving pictures were popular entertainment choices.

Discovery Room 19

Video courtesy of West Virginia Public Broadcasting; Videographer/Editor: Janet Kunicki; Narrator: Beth Vorhees

Continue to Explore, or return to the preview homepage:

Discovery Room 1
1: An Ancient Land
Discovery Room 2
2: Prehistoric People
Discovery Room 3
3: Conflict and Settlement
Discovery Room 4
4: Frontier Life
Discovery Room 5
5: John Brown's Raid
Discovery Room 6
6: The War within a State
Discovery Room 7
7: The Case for Statehood
Discovery Room 8
8: The Big City
Discovery Room 9
9: The Family Farm
Discovery Room 10
10: The Company Store
Discovery Room 11
11: Changing Roles of Women
Discovery Room 12
12: Trains and Railroads
Discovery Room 13
13: Boats and Rivers
Discovery Room 14
14: Industrialization
Discovery Room 15
15: The Mining Life
Discovery Room 16
16: The State Capitol
Discovery Room 17
17: It's Not all Work
Discovery Room 18
18: The Great Depression
Discovery Room 19
19: The Mine Wars
Discovery Room 20
20: West Virginians at War
Discovery Room 21
21: Late 20th Century
Discovery Room 22
22: Celebrating West Virginia
Discovery Room 23
23: From Here to There
Discovery Room 24
24: Painting and Sculpture
Discovery Room 25
25: A Legacy of Craftsmanship
Discovery Room 26
26: Traditions of Music

Museum Hours of Operation

Operating Hours:

Tuesday through Saturday

9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

***Closed Sundays and Mondays***

Closed all National Holidays except Memorial Day weekend

Admission is free

For more information call: (304) 558-0220