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Coal heritage event planned




The Harlan County Photography Guild, Harlan County Historical Society, and the Harlan County Cooperative Extension Agency will present “Coal In Our Veins”, Saturday, Oct. 24 at The Depot in downtown Harlan.

The event will include a black and white photo exhibit by the Harlan County Photography Guild. Artists Larry May and Harlan County High School Principal Bob Howard will have their coal-themed work on display, along with Barbara Church, owner of Letcher County’s Oven Fork Mercantile.

Author James Goode, who has written books pertaining to the coal mining industry such as “Ancient Sunshine,” “The Cutting Edge,” and “Up From The Mines,” will be present for book signings, along with Debbie Hodson of Emmalena, who has produced two children books entitled “A Mountain Rainbow,” and “Blackberry Bend.”

Foxfire Magazine will have copies of its recent publication “Kentucky Coal Miners – A People Not For- gotten” available for sale. Local author Shirley Noe Swiesz will be in attendance with her coal-themed novels, and performing will be songwriter Terry Muncy and mountain storyteller Pam Holcomb.

Mount Aire Motel’s gift shop will have a selection of coal figurines on sale, and other local crafters will have their coalthemed work on display. There will be a scrip display, along with pictures and coal mining relics and memorabilia from the collection of the Harlan County Historical Society.

The open house portion of the “Coal In Our Veins” art exhibit will begin at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., storyteller Pam Holcomb and songwriter Terry Muncy will perform, along with Lynch’s Greater Mt. Sinai Spirituals, an a-cappella gospel group comprised of former coal miners.

At 7 p.m. a soup bean dinner will take place along with music by local bluegrass group “Cumberland River.”

For more information, contact Jennifer McDaniels, at (606) 573-4223.


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