Text Box: April 11
    Closed for Easter
April 24
Key to Mountain Skills Day
Exhibitions and Demonstrations of skills necessary for mountain pioneers 
May 9
Mothers Free  
May 14-15
Cumberland Black Bear Festival
 May 15
New Exhibit:  Fine China 
May 22
Harlan County Cooking Championship

April 23
Text Box: 10th Anniversary 
Open House
June 11,12,13
Grand Reunion



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Text Box:                       KCM Assistant Curator Completes SEDTKA Training
Phyllis Sizemore, Assistant to the Curator and Director of Educational Programming 
at Kentucky Coal Museum in Benham, Kentucky has successfully completed SEDTKA Hospitality Training. SEKTDA held two very successful Hospitality 
Train-the-Trainer sessions in March. Fifteen people attended each session – the first on March 3rd in Morehead, and another on the 4th in Hazard. Michelle Spencer, Director of Hospitality Services, was pleased to launch new training materials at these sessions.The training prepares managers to offer Hospitality Training to frontline workers. The program focused on getting back to basics with front line customer service. Group activities were used to reinforce the ideas of service, attitude, consistency and teamwork, as well as how to handle difficult customers. Participants also learned the value of resources such as the 511 Tourism Information Call Center, and the National Scenic Byways program. Scenic Byways Director Jeff Crowe was on hand to describe the byways. The afternoon was spent preparing the participants to provide the Shining STAR training. They received materials including workbooks and a video. As a group, they discussed training opportunities, how to work as a region rather than as counties, how to bring the training program into schools, training in large groups and conferences, and teaming up to do training. “Participants were all very enthusiastic and loved the new materials,” Michelle said. “I received very positive feedback. They felt the program was upbeat, and the video was great.” One of the comments Michelle received was, “The program is exceptional because it can be used for a wide range of employees and service.”  Since completing the Train-the Trainer program training for front line employees can be scheduled by contacting Phyllis Sizemore at Kentucky Coal Museum or  Michelle Spencer at 606-677-6142 for more information. 
Text Box: Schedule of Events 
Text Box: Friends of the Museum
Friends of the Museum is off to a wonderful start.  Becoming a friend to KCM supports the preservation and exhibition of items related to coal, coal mining, and coal camp life. New members of Friends are Dr. Paul Tenkotte and Gerard Hilferty Museum Friends get special benefits plus   the opportunity to learn, enjoy, and share a love of community and history.   
Text Box: Grand Reunion at the Museum
Saturday June 12, 11 a.m.
TriCity Connections will be exploring the history of the Lewis Family. 
Saturday June 12, 6 p.m. 
Pigeon Pie Films will  screen an exciting new video documentary on the Tri-Cities Messengers. This documentary, filmed and edited by Richard Ondrovic and produced by Lisa Varner, was first shown at the Appalachian Studies Association Conference in Cherokee, NC in March.  A performance by the Messengers, a Q&A time with the creators, and a reception will follow the screening.
Text Box: Museum Discounts for Senior Citizens
Bobbie Gothard, Museum Curator, recently announced  cuts in museum admission rates  for senior citizens. Starting April 1, Senior Citizens will receive $1.00 off admission price on Mondays. On the last Monday of each month, senior citizens will be admitted FREE!  
   “It is our hope that the price reduction will encourage area seniors to visit the museum more often and enjoy the  many new exhibits here,” said Mrs. Gothard.
    KCM is handicapped accessible.
Text Box:  Museum Initiates Oral History Collection
     Staff and Volunteers at KCM are now embarked on Oral History Projects that will support documentation  and preservation of  the history of local coal camps. The Museum collections currently contain paper records and photographs that comprise a visual record of the history of many Harlan County coal mining camps. These documents are the foundation of the current project that seek to document approximately 150 coal camps that existed between 1912 and 1958 in Harlan County Kentucky.   
     The oral history project planned by Kentucky Coal Museum, “Listening to Coal Camp Culture: Oral Histories from the Coal Fields,” will add flesh and blood to this history project.  Oral history interviews will be conducted in the museum by appointment and casually with visitors to the facility. The Museum is also partnering with Harlan County Schools to collect taped interviews of personal histories of people who worked or grew up in coal mining camps in Harlan County. 
     Museum volunteers Ken Wheeler, Darlene Ables, and Elsie Asher have completed two training sessions on interviewing skills and guidelines for collecting oral histories.
     If you would like to share your personal history or know someone who has an interesting story to tell, please contact the museum. 
Text Box:    Rick Fuller & Black Bear