Thursday, July 17, 2008

VMNH Interpreters Visit Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine

VMNH interpreters and educators visited Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine yesterday and went on an underground tour of the once-active coal mine. The coal mine employs former and active coal miners to lead the tours who add greatly to the experience.

Pictured here (from left to right) is: (front) Gael Chaney, Larry and Carolyn Turner, Christy Deatherage, Evelyn Trent; (back row) Jim Harris, Dennis Reeves, and Joe Ingram.

After the tour of the mine, we were guided through the historic structures on site including a period one-room schoolhouse, a mine superintendent's home, a miner's home, and a reconstructed log-cabin homestead (below).

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Trout in the Classroom Course

I arrived in Staunton this afternoon in preparation for the Mary Baldwin College course. The octagonal barn at the Frontier Culture Museum will be home base for the week.

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