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Activities and Announcements

           

-    The Beth-Center Coal Miners Memorial was dedicated with a ceremony on Saturday, May 31, 2003 at 12:00 p.m. in front of the high school - 179 Crawford Road, Fredericktown, PA 15333.

-    Students in our American History II classes participated in a tour of the R.A.G. Emerald Mine, Waynesburg, PA on May 9, 2002.  Mr. Ed McIntire, Mine Manager, spoke to the students before the tour began.  We were instructed on the use of a respirator, dressed in coveralls, water proof boots, hard hats, mine light and battery pack, safety glasses, and gloves.  We then took an elevator 600 ft. down in the mine and rode a people train 2 miles to the work site.  At one time the train stopped, we turned out our hat lights and it was totally black.  You couldn't see the person sitting next to you.  It was a very eerie feeling.  During the tour, we observed the many aspects of mining including the operation of a continuous miner, which is a massive machine that cuts the coal out of the mine. The tour was very informative, changed many misconceptions we had about coal mines and mining, and was an experience that we will never forget.

-    Mrs. Pam Seighman, Coordinator of the Coal and Coke Heritage Center, Penn State Fayette Campus, spoke to our students on March 15, 2002 on the importance of coal mining in our regions past history.  A narrated slide presentation informed our students of the many artifacts, historical pictures, and research materials available for viewing at the center.

-         On May 25, 2001, thirty of the American History II students visited TourEd Mine in Tarentum, PA. The students actually went in the mine to see what it was like for miners to work underground digging coal. Our tour guides were former miners. For information about the mine on the internet go to http://tour-edmine.com

-         Arthur Ciervo, author of Always in a Hole, made a presentation at the Beth Center High School about Richeyville's rich coal history. He spoke to the high school American History II classes, the 5th grade students at the elementary building, and gave an evening presentation for community members at the high school library. Mr. Ciervo has made many return visits to our school and has donated numerous books and artifacts to our collection. We thank him for his generosity.

  A newspaper article about the Local History Library and Archives appeared in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette on  November 10, 1997.

-         November 28th is the anniversary of the Marianna Mine disaster of 1908, where 125 bodies were found after a cave in. A copy of the front page article which appeared in the Washington Observer is on display.      

-      Each year our high school students teach the 3rd grade classes at our elementary building. They read the book In Coal Country by Judith Hendershot and  teach the students how to make a miner's lunch bucket. Each student makes a bucket to take home with a sweet "Twinkie" inside.

-      The Local History Library is always available to answer any questions that you may have about our area. If we don't know the answer, we will do our very best to find it for you. Call during school hours (724) 267-4948.

-      Mr. Stephen Ziats, president of the Marianna division of the United Mines Workers of America spoke to our American History II classes on the 10th anniversary of the fire at the Marianna Mine which was eventually the reason for the mine closing.

-         Many mining artifacts that are on loan or have been donated by community members are on display in the library.

-     More speakers are scheduled. (Dates will be posted)