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  • Many WV coal counties losing revenue

    Many WV coal counties losing revenue

    Monday, August 8 2016 10:15 AM EDT2016-08-08 14:15:05 GMT

    As Appalachian coal production continues its drastic decline, West Virginia’s coal-producing counties are  not only losing people as lifelong residents are forced to flee their homes in order to find work, but in many cases, they’re also relinquishing millions of dollars from their budgets.

    As Appalachian coal production continues its drastic decline, West Virginia’s coal-producing counties are  not only losing people as lifelong residents are forced to flee their homes in order to find work, but in many cases, they’re also relinquishing millions of dollars from their budgets.

MORGANTOWN (AP) — A new exhibition at a West Virginia University museum explores the lives of miners and their families in the old coal camps of Appalachia.

"Outside the Mine: Daily Life in a Coal Company Camp" focuses on four components of coal communities: commerce and the company store, religion, domestic work and social pursuits. The exhibition features historical artifacts and photographs depicting life at the coal camps that sprang up across Appalachia from the late 19th to the mid-20th centuries.

The exhibition will be on view through July at the Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum.

 

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