Coal Heritage Lecture Series to Begin
The 2017 Coal Heritage Lecture Series co-sponsored by Concord University Beckley Center and the National Coal Heritage Area Authority is set to begin on March 20. All presentations will begin at 7:00 pm in Room E 10 of the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center. The events are free and open to the public   The West Virginia Mine Wars, presented by Catherine Moore, will be featured on March 20.     The West Virginia Mine Wars are a dramatic and often overlooked chapter of American history.  A new museum exploring this important chapter in American history has recently opened in Matewan.  Board members of this museum will discuss the historical events as well as the efforts to preserve and present the facts to the public.   On April 3 Music of the Labor Movement will be presented by Elaine Purkey After 20 years, community activist and songwriter Elaine Purkey is still fighting the good fight. As she puts it, "If you don't bother, it's going to get worse." One of her weapons is her powerful voice and soul-stirring songs. Audiences across the nation have been moved by her mountain singing, which she delivers full throttle, and her heartfelt original songs. April 17 will bring a panel to discuss After Coal with panel members Joe Brouse, Christy Bailey and Jessica Lilly New technology and alternative energy sources have significantly reduced coal-mining jobs. What’s a coal miner to do after coal?  This lecture will consist of a panel that will address this issue. Each panelist will examine the topic and an audience discussion will further explore this issue.     The Coal Heritage Public Lecture Series is presented by the Concord University Appalachian Studies Institute. For more information contact Concord University Beckley Center at (304) 256-0270 or email instructor Karen Vuranch at