In 1921, thousands of wives, daughters, mothers, sisters and sweethearts of striking coal miners in Southeast Kansas marched in protest against unfair labor practices in the local coal mines. The women’s march made headlines across the nation and the New York Times christened them the “Amazon Army.”
The women, mostly immigrants from southeast Europe, were effective and halted work in the mines for three days.
Visit AmazonArmy.com for more information.
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JANUARY 17 is National Bootleggers Day which recognizes an era when bootleggers became legendary. During the 1800s, the term bootlegger came into use in the Midwest. The word described the act of concealing flasks of liquor in a boot top when going to trade with Native Americans. The term found its permanent place in the American vocabulary when Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment prohibiting the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcohol in 1920.
Despite now being illegal, thirsty Americans still had a demand for liquor. While some distilleries switched their production to something legal, others took to bootlegging.
Visit Miners Hall Museum to learn more fun and interesting facts about bootlegging and coal mining in southeast Kansas. Bootleggers book is available in our gift shop. Open Monday-Saturday 10am to 4 pm. Free admission. ...
JANUARY 15 is National Hat Day. Hats have been worn as uniforms, fashion accessories, and protective gear. And did you know that they date all the way back to before 3,300 BCE?
Visit Miners Hall Museum to see the hats worn by coal miners and to learn more fun and interesting facts about coal mining in southeast Kansas. Open Monday-Saturday 10am to 4 pm. Free admission. ...
JANUARY 15, 1909: (112 years ago) Trolley established from Pittsburg to Franklin.
Joplin & Pittsburg Railway Co. purchased Girard Coal Belt Railway & established a trolley line from Pittsburg to Franklin.
Visit Miners Hall Museum to learn more fun and interesting facts about coal mining in southeast Kansas, the miners and their families, coal camps, and coal companies. Open Monday-Saturday 10am to 4 pm. Free admission. ...
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Beautiful handcrafted bench donated to the museum 8 years ago today. On Wednesday, January 9, 2013 Miners Hall Museum was the recipient of a beautiful bench handcrafted by Bob Mangile. This afternoon Jordan Boyd and a few of the board members came as well as Barb Robins our volunteer in the office who is associated with the Audubon Society. Barb and Bob Mangile and his wife set the new bench for the museum which Bob had made through the Audubon Society. We invite you to take a walk around Coal Camp, stop and rest on the bench, and enjoy the surroundings. ...