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!



Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 31st Mining History Association Annual Conference in Elko, Nevada has been postponed until 2021.


Please bookmark this page and stay tuned for future information about the revised Elko dates and program.


The 2021 Conference in Birmingham, Alabama will be held in 2022.

Please Note: The Red Lion Inn will cancel all reservations made under the MHA group rate and booking. If people made their reservations through a third party such as Expedia, they will need to handle their own cancellations.




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New on the Web

New MHA Photo Galleries.  Did you miss the 1998 MHA Annual Conference in Rossland, British Columbia?  It was the only MHA conference held outside the USA.  How about Butte in 2001?  Thanks to more photos unearthed by Mark Langenfeld, never-before-seen photo galleries are now on-line for the Rossland conference.  Plus, new and improved galleries are online for the Butte conference.  If you have some “historic” MHA photos of your own, join our “quaranteam” and send them to Mike Kaas.

New Virtual Mining History Tours.  Three new MHA Virtual Tours have been added for Bisbee, the Michigan Copper Country, and Nevada City/Grass Valley.  These reprise some of the earliest MHA conference tours.  Special thanks to Mike and Susan Canty, Johnny and Dawn Johnsson, Mark and Lynn Langenfeld, Mike and Pat Kaas and others we may have missed for sharing their photos.

Mining Foundation of the Southwest Honorees. 
The 2020 honorees for the American Mining Hall of Fame have been announced.  The main Inductee is Lukas Lundin, Chairman of the Lundin Group of Companies.  Four additional Inductees from Mining’s Past have also been named:  Noah S. Kellogg (1831-1903); John Barry “Black Jack” Newman (1862-1928); Lemuel Coove Shattuck (1866-1938); and Albert J. Perry (1930-2013).

International Mining History Conference CANCELLED.  The conference originally being planned for Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, June 18-22, 2020, has been cancelled and not rescheduled for 2021 as had been previously announced.

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.

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

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.


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