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!


Online Registration Now Available
Mining History Association Annual Conference
CLICK HERE for the Latest Information

Socorro, New Mexico

June 8-11, 2023

Park City, UT 2024 - Help Wanted!

As with all MHA conferences, volunteers will be essential to the success of our 2024 event in Park City, Utah.  We’ll need good hands for all shifts, but now seek early commitments for help with the following:

Registration:  Monitoring both on-line and mail conference registrations; stuffing conference packets; registration table shifts (June 5 – 7, 2024). 

Vendors:  Promotion and management of vendor tables – typically book sellers and mining artifact dealers. (The Park City conference may also generate increased interest in tables/displays by our industry partners.)

Please consider joining the 2024 team, and contact the conference committee at MHA2024Utah@gmail.com



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New on the Web


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:
September 20, 2022 - The Last Years of the New Almadan Mercury Mine in Santa Clara County, California, Michael Cox
October 18, 2022 - Riddle Nickel Mine, Douglas County, Oregon, Clark Niewendorp
November 15, 2022 – Digging Deeper: Discovering Women in Nevada Mining, Dana Bennett
January 17, 2023 - A Visit to Helgustadanama, Iceland's Historic Spar Mine, Johnny Johnsson
February 21 2023 - Copper Follies: How Some of the Smartest Men in the Business Tried and Failed to Control the Market from 1870-1917, Edward McCarthy
March 21, 2023 -  Touching the Irish Famine in a 19th Century Cemetery: The Effort in Leadville, Colorado to Memorialize 1,000 Irish Immigrants Buried in Sunken, Unmarked Graves, James Walsh
April 18, 2023 - Comstock Photos, Kelly Cluer
May 16, 2023 - President Engine House Project, Lehigh Valley, PA, Mark Connar

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.

Mining History Journal 2020 Now Online. CLICK HERE

New MHA Brochure Available.  The new tri-fold MHA Brochure can now be downloaded (CLICK HERE). Feel free to print as many two-sided copies as you need and pass them along to any organizations and people who share an interest in mining history and are potential MHA members.

Tell Rockhounds About Mining History.  There are many rock, mineral, gem, and lapidary clubs located across the country.  Their members often share an interest in mining history and learning where their minerals came from.  A new MHA business card helps introduce the members of these clubs to the MHA and the photo galleries of historical mines available on the website.  The cards can easily be printed using business card stock (Avery 8371, Staples Heavyweight Business Cards, etc.) available at office supply store (Staples, Office Depot, and others).  You can CLICK and download the MS-Word files for the Front Side and the Reverse Side.  After printing the front side just flip the paper over and print the back side.  Give the cards to your local clubs and offer to make a short presentation at their meetings.


Bards of Cornwall.  Two mining historians have been inducted as Bards of Cornwall by Gorsedh Kernow (https://gorsedhkernow.org.uk ).  The organization seeks to maintain the national Celtic spirit of Cornwall by preserving the Cornish language and Celtic history and culture through poetry, song, dance, music, art, and the spoken word, a tradition that stretches back to the story tellers – the Bards of ancient Celtic countries. 
Damian Nance (left), is a retired Ohio University professor and author of “The Engine Houses of West Cornwall,” was inducted in 2020.  Mark Connar (right), inducted in 2022, is the driving force behind the effort to stabilize and preserve the last remaining Cornish engine house in the USA at the historic Ueberroth Zinc Mine in Friedensville, PA.  Both Damian and Mark have presented at MHA conferences.




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