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

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. 

Photo Galleries from Deadwood. Relive the fun we had and the learning that took place during the 2018 Annual MHA Conference in Deadwood, South Dakota.  Photo galleries from the social functions, tours, and field trips are on-line.

Virtual Tours of Kennecott, Alaska.
  Join MHA members, Johnny and Dawn Johnsson and Dick and Elna Hauck, as they tour the famous Kennecott Mill and Town Site in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.  Then explore the new Photo Galleries of the Kennecott Mines, Then and Now.


While you are in the mood for virtual tours, join MHA members, Mike and Pat Kaas, on their visit to the Independence Mine State Park.

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