A series of lectures and programs will be offered in conjunction with the exhibit “A Walk Through Time: Western Pennsylvania Coal Culture” at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s University Museum.
Except for the presentations September 26, November 4, and November 18, all programs will be held in the University Museum, on the first floor of IUP’s Sutton Hall. The programs are free and open to the community. The schedule is as follows:
Registration for lectures is preferred but not required. To register or for information, contact Sally Daskivich at the College of Fine Arts at 724-357-2397 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pennsylvania Coal Culture exhibition will be available through December 5, 2009. Artifacts and documents of coal-mining life in Western Pennsylvania are presented jointly by IUP Special Collections and University Archives, the Tri-Area Historical Society and Liberty Museum in Nanty Glo, the Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, and private collectors.
The exhibit features artifacts, photographs, mine maps, and ledgers that document Western Pennsylvania bituminous coal culture, including the work and lives of miners and their families, the company towns, and community activities such as baseball games.
The show also features photos and items that document the operations of Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal Company and other companies, mine disasters, coal miner strikes, and unionization.
Some of the company towns in Indiana and Cambria counties that are highlighted in the exhibit are Clymer, Commodore, Coral, Ernest, Heilwood, Iselin, Nanty Glo, Sagamore, and Whiskey Run.
IUP actively preserves coal culture through the Special Collections and University Archives; the Institute for Mine Mapping, Archival Procedures and Safety (IMAPS); and the Center for Northern Appalachian Studies.
The Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal Company collection is the largest manuscript grouping housed in the IUP Special Collections and University Archives. This collection represents more than one hundred years of local history. R&P was organized in 1881, and the collection is a complete record of the company until R&P was purchased by CONSOL Coal Group in 1998.
More information about the collection is available at the IUP Special Collections and University Archives website.
IMAPS is a multidisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and students who work together to digitize, record, and preserve historical mining maps.
IMAPS has digitized more than five hundred maps, including mining maps from the Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal Company, using a large format Cruse scanner. Institute personnel also are developing a Web-based searchable database of Pennsylvania mine maps. For more information, visit the IMAPS website.
The University Museum is free and open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:00 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday from noon to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. More information is available on the museum website.