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.

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2022 National Mining Hall of Fame Inductees. This year’s inductees are Timothy J. Haddon, Pierre Lassonde, Thomas J. O’Neil, Syd S. Peng, and Sheldon P. Wimpfen. Check out their biographies in the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum Newsletter. The 35 th annual Induction Banquet will be held the evening of October 29, 2022 at the Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows in Lone Tree, CO.

A Little German Mining Tradition.
  Here is a little something different.  Most mining folk, historians included, have heard the German miners’ greeting “Glück Auf,” Good Luck, but have you heard the song?  It goes back hundreds of years and has become an anthem for German miners and their communities, especially those in Saxony.  Its name and lyrics can vary slightly as you will see in videos of the “Steigerlied” or “Der Steiger Kommt” (many versions are on YouTube).  A Steiger is a mine foreman and the miners want to be busy working when he comes to their workplace.  When he’s gone, they are thinking about their sweethearts and other activities above ground.  Timeless, and yes, the video has English subtitles.

Another German tradition is the “Bergparade,” the Miners’ [and Smelter Workers] Parade.  The parades feature groups and bands of reenactors in Medieval authentic costumes representing the many skills of workers in the mines and the metallurgical industry.  Parades take place in Freiburg and many other towns throughout Saxony, especially during Advent when the Christmas markets are held.  Check out the video from the parade in Annaberg in 2017.  Scroll to the 7 minute mark and you will hear a band playing the “Steigerlied.”  Enjoy and “Glück Auf.”

Sutro Tunnel Preservation. The historic Sutro Tunnel drained the mines of the Comstock Lode in Virginia City, Nevada. After decades of abandonment, The Friends of the Sutro Tunnel have undertaken its preservation. CLICK HERE to check out the their webpage to see what’s happening at the site, lots of historic pictures, plus a drone “fly-in” of part of the tunnel.

MHA Nuggets Schedule For 2022.  
Join us for the “MHA Nuggets” on-line programs the third Tuesday of the month, 7:00 PM Central Time.  ZOOM in and visit with your MHA friends and hear some interesting mining history presentations.  Save these dates:

January 18, 2022 - “Cousin Jack" - A Cornish Mining Captain in Iron Country
February 15, 2022 – Colorado’s Gold and Silver Booms and Busts: 1858-2020
March 15, 2022 – Rock Springs: The Rest of the Story
April 19, 2022 – English Steam Pumping Engines
May 19, 2022 - Myth and History in the Reality Show "Gold Rush

Stay Tuned as new programs are added.  Contact Eric Nystrom or Barb Clements for access links and more information.  Check the MHA Facebook page for up-to-the-minute log-in codes, program additions and changes.  Past "Nuggets" sessions and presentations are on YouTube under Mining History Association.

MINECRAFT™ Recreations of Calumet, Michigan, ca 1917.  The very popular sandbox game isn’t just for kids.  The Keweenaw National Historic Park in Michigan’s Copper Country has a LINK to YouTube where we found 8 video presentations.  They show recreations of historic buildings in Calumet including the Calumet Theater, Norwegian Church, Croatian Co-Op Store, Peninsula Meat Market, Hotel, The Schumaker Block, and a depiction of “City Life.”  MHAers on the 1997 conference field trip will recognize some of these sights.


Know of any kids (or adults) who “play” MINECRAFT™?  Encourage them to try their hand at recreating a mining history site.  Use the “CONTACT US” link at the bottom of the web page and send a photo or a video.  We will put it on the website.

History and Geology of Globe-Miami, Arizona.  The Arizona Geological Survey has recently released a 243 page contributed report, “Geology and History of the Globe-Miami Mining Region, Gila and Pinal Counties. Arizona,” by David Briggs.  It is extensively illustrated with historical photos and maps, and contains tables of production data from individual mines.  Check out the FREE DOWNLOAD.

Mining Videos You Might Like.  There is certainly no shortage of mining history-related videos on the Internet.  In addition to the recorded MHA Nuggets sessions on YouTube, here are a few others that caught our attention:

Gold Mine in the Clouds.  The amazing story of the discovery, development, and operation of the Ertsberg and Grasberg Copper and Gold Mines in the wilderness of Papua Providence (Irian Jaya), Indonesia (1936-present).  A “Super Structures of the World” documentary by Spark.

Remembering the Miners.  Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” fame, presents an impressive tribute to all miners.  It was filmed at a concert for miners in Morgantown, WV in 2010.

The President Pumping Engine. “The President” was the largest steam engine ever built.  It powered dewatering pumps at the Lehigh Zinc Company’s Ueberroth Zinc Mine in Friedensville, PA from 1972-1891.  The engine was scrapped but its Cornish-style engine house remains.  In 2021, Guy Janssen of Schelle, Belgium, constructed a detailed digital model of the engine.  His amazing video shows the model in action as well as the landscape of the mine itself.

The Petrified River. The story of the Uranium boom on the Colorado Plateau is the subject of this excellent 1956 documentary.  It will be especially meaningful to those MHAers who participated in the Uranium Country tour during the 2016 Telluride conference.  The film was produced by the U. S. Bureau of Mines with the cooperation of Union Carbide, an Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) contractor.

Historic Plaque Dedicated at Lehigh University.  As part of the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), a plaque was dedicated on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on October 2nd, 2021. 
The plaque describes the close ties between the two institutions during their formative years.
Historical photos on the plaque include the Uberroth Zinc Mine in Friedensville, PA; the Lehigh Crane Iron Works along the Lehigh Canal in Catasauqua, PA; and the Coxe Brothers’ Derringer Anthracite Coal Breaker near Hazleton, PA.  Each of these mineral industries played a key role in the development of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  CLICK HERE for an enlarged view the plaque and its photo captions.

The dedication was part of a history conference and tour held on the campus of Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, October 2-4, 2021.  Lehigh was the site of the first technical meeting of AIME after its founding in Wilkes-Barre in 1871.  For more information on the AIME 150th Anniversary, check the website,  http://aimehq.org.

Photo Galleries from the Elko Conference.  The photo galleries from the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference in are now online.  Relive the program, social events, innovative  virtual field trips, and a few things you may have missed.  Videos of the field trips and some of the presentations are available on YouTube under Mining History Association.



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