Text Box: A Note from the Curator

Hello from the Kentucky Coal Museum!         
     Daffodils and budding trees are announcing the newness of spring along mountain ridges and rushing streams in Harlan County.  I’d like to encourage you to enjoy our beautiful scenic rides this spring—any time is a good time to see the special beauty of Pine Mountain and Black Mountain—but, the last two weeks in April should be a great show of redbud and dogwood blooms in our area, according to Rick Fuller, Manager at Kingdom Come State Park in Cumberland. Rick predicts the spring blooming will begin about April 12 and should be at peak during the weekend of April 17 and 18.
      I  am happy to report  that  the  Lynch     L & N Railroad Depot project is  nearing completion. A railroad museum will be created inside the  Depot and  will  exhibit  the history of the  L & N Railroad in Harlan County, the local UMWA and the U.S. Steel Mine Safety awards. If you are interested in railroads please call the museum with any information or suggestions for exhibits in the depot. Also, check our calendar for exciting  spring exhibits and events. Make plans now to join us as we reminiscence, research, and share the mountain culture at the Kentucky Coal Museum! 						Bobbie

Kentucky Coal Museum

Text Box: Bobbie Gothard, Museum Curator

Board of Directors

Bruce Ayers, Chairman
Wilma Adams
Reecie Stagnolia
Jeff Wilder
Charles Stewart
F. N. Hazen
David Carter
Benny Massey

Text Box: Kentucky Coal Museum
221 Main Street, Hwy 160
P.O. Box A
Benham, KY 40807
(606) 848-1530
Fax: (606) 848-1546
E-Mail: kycoalmuseum@

Newsletter Editor:
 Phyllis Sizemore

Managed by
Southeast Education Foundation 
In Support of 
Southeast Community College
Text Box: The Kentucky Coal Museum is located in  the International Harvester Company’s    historic  Commissary Building. The original 1916  frame building was replaced by the present building in the same space on Main Street in Benham in 1923.     
Text Box: Volume 3   Issue 1
 Spring 2004
Smithsonian Exhibition Explores the 
Diverse Food Traditions of America
     The Kentucky Coal Museum, in co-operation with Kentucky Humanities Council, will host the local showing of Key Ingredients: America by Food, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition which delves into the historical, regional and social traditions that merge in everyday meals and celebrations of the American table. The exhibition will be on view beginning December 11, 2004 and continuing through January 23, 2005 and will give Harlan County an opportunity to celebrate the region’s food heritage.                 
     Kentucky Coal Museum and the surrounding community has been expressly chosen by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution to host Key Ingredients as part of the Museum on Main Street project—a national/state partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations.
       An interactive website, www.keyingredients.org, has been developed in conjunction with the exhibition. The site invites people across the country to share their family recipes and food stories, learn about other food traditions and identify favorite small town eateries.
      The exhibition, which also examines regional food specialties, will be augmented by locally produced exhibitions and events such as a recipe swap, information booths at local festivals, food exhibits,  soup bean supper, Harlan County Cooking Championship, farmer’s market sponsorship, a fine China exhibit, a Country Fair, and a visit with Kentucky Chautauqua speaker Mark Sohn, television chef, cookbook author, and professor at Pikeville College.
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Text Box: Hours and Tour Info

     10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

     1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Special hours by appointment
Text Box: Preserving the  Story of Coal Companies and Coal Camps of Kentucky
Kentucky Coal Museum
10th Anniversary