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Living Together, Working Together: African American Miners and the Coal Culture

Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus Coal and Coke Heritage Center will host  “Living Together, Working Together: African American Miners and the Coal Culture of Southwestern Pennsylvania, 1870-1970” from March 15 to 17, 2007.

Sponsored by the Coal and Coke Heritage Center and the Pennslvania Historical and Museum Commission, the conference will bring together interested scholars and citizens in an effort to explore the cultural history of African American miners in the bituminious coalfields of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

  • The conference will kick off with a reception on the evening of March 15 in the heritage center, where a new state historical marker commemorating the Connellsville coke region will be unveiled.  This event is free and open to the public.
  • Friday, March 16 will feature presentations and panel discussions by researchers from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.  This academic portion of the conference seeks to share existing and emergent research about the various experiences of African Americans in the region.  Registration is required for all participants and attendees.
  • On Saturday, March 17, the conference will conclude with a Community History Fair.  Information about African American geneaology and oral history will be presented, and local historians and historical groups will be present to discuss their activities.  This community oriented portion of the conference seeks to encourage active involvement in historical research and cultural preservation.  This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call 724-430-4158.

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