Who We Are


The Mining History Association (MHA) is an organization of individuals interested in the history of mining and metallurgy. Members include independent scholars, laypersons, college and university professors, historians, miners, geologists, retired mining industry personnel, and many others.



What We Do

The MHA holds an annual meeting with presentations on mining history
topics, amazing field trips to historical mining sites, and an array of social
functions; publishes a scholarly journal and a quarterly newsletter; and
provides a forum for networking and discussion of the history of mining both
on-line and off-line.


Why is Mining History Important?

History buffs from academics to amateurs are frequently asked what they like about mining history. CLICK HERE to see how MHA members are answering these questions.

We invite you to join us today in the

discovery of our mining past!


The Program Committee of the MHA invites proposals for individual presentations or complete sessions (including a chair) on any topic or aspect of mining history. Sessions normally include three papers of twenty minutes each. There are not temporal or geographic limits to topic material. Presentations that address mining history of the Elko County area or Nevada in general are, however, particularly welcome given the location of the conference. Proposals should include title of presentation, an abstract (not to exceed one page) for each presentation plus biographical information about each presenter, including mailing/email address. Please send written proposals via email attachments to Erik Nystrom (eric.nystrom@asu.edu) by Jan. 1, 2020. Submission by email is required.


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New on the Web

Fellowships and Travel Grants, University of Wyoming.  The University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center (AHC) has established new fellowships for the study of western political history, the American West, and women in the public sector.  Travel grants are also available.  Academic scholars at any level may apply.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Ever hear of 8-Wheel Ore Wagons?  Your Web Coordinator gets all kinds of questions through the “Contact Us” link on the MHA webpage.  Cathy Getz recently asked if we had ever heard of them being used near Creede, Colorado.  We had only heard of the tandem wagons used in Death Valley, 2 wagons x 4 wheels = 8 wheels.  Cathy has tracked down photos of the wagons being pulled by a Cat and hauling sulfur from the Sulfur Bank Mine south of Creede.  CLICK on the photo for a larger view.  Thanks for sharing your success, Cathy.

  A regional observance of Anthracite Mining Heritage Month will take place during January.  Featured are programs to be held in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Pittston, Plymouth, Nanticoke, Bethlehem, and Port Griffith, Pennsylvania.  The annual event focuses on the history and culture of the anthracite region of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  CLICK HERE for additional details or contact Robert Wolensky.

Attention Historic Rail Fans.
  MHA Past President, Peter Maciulaitis, reminds all you rail fans that It is still not too late to see the Union Pacific’s 4014 “Big Boy,” the largest locomotive ever built, as it loops trough the Southwest, arriving in Cheyenne, Wyoming on November 27th.  The trip began in Cheyenne on September 27th and is part of the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad’s Completion.

Saint Barbara’s Day is Coming.
  In many parts of the world, December 4th is celebrated as the feast day of Saint Barbara.  She is considered to be the patron saint of miners as well as artillerymen, military engineers, tunnellers, and others who work with explosives. Shrines to St. Barbara have been erected at many mines where she is venerated.  In parts of Europe, the feast day is celebrated with parades of miners and bands appearing in historic mining uniforms.  CLICK HERE to learn more about the Saint Barbara tradition.

2019 Mining Hall of Fame Inductees.
 The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, Colorado inducted five new members at the 32nd annual Induction Banquet on September 14th in Denver.  This year’s inductees are Frank Calandra, Jr., Robert E. Cannon, Robert H. Freeman, and Mary Harris “Mother” Jones.

New Database of British Mining Graduates.  The Northern Mines Research Society (NMRS) in the UK has announced the availability of a new online database of the obituaries of 1700 graduates of British Mining schools.  Many of these graduates worked throughout the British Empire and elsewhere around the world.  The obituaries were originally published by the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (IMM, now IOM3) and cover the time period 1892-1968.

Mining History Trails.  Here are three mining heritage trails that you may want to explore:

              Iron Ore Heritage Trail, Marquette Iron Range, Michigan

             Coal Heritage Trail, National Coal Heritage Area, West Virginia

              Mesabi Trail, Mesabi Iron Range, Minnesota

Photo Galleries from the Marquette Conference.
  The photo galleries from the 2019 Annual Conference in Marquette, Michigan are now online.  Relive the program, social events, field trips, and a few things you may have missed.

MHA Marquette Conference on TV.
  View the Marquette TV-6 interview with Mark Langenfeld, Conference Co-Chair.

Advance Planning for the 2020 MHA Conference.
  The 2020 MHA Conference will be held in Elko, Nevada, June 10-14.  Elko is located in the heart of the Carlin Trend, the World class mining district that led the rebirth of the US gold mining industry in the late-1900s.  It is a “must see” for anyone interested in gold mining history and Nevada’s extensive mining heritage.  Mark your calendars!


The timing of the conference in Elko makes it possible for MHA attendees to also participate in the International Mining History Conference in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (see below).  Good airline connections are available between the two locations.  An exceptional rail-air travel option offers visitors an opportunity to board the famous California Zephyr in Elko in the evening and pass through the spectacular Colorado Rocky Mountains in daylight.  Then just hop a plane in Denver or Chicago for Sudbury.

International Mining History Conference, 2020.  Planning is now underway for the conference which will be held in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.  The dates are June 18-22, 2020.  The website should be coming soon. 

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