Mining Memories: Honoring Coal-Miners and Their Spirit that Built our Allegheny Valley Communities
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1321 Freeport Road, Cheswick, PA 15024
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Mining Memories: Honoring Those Who Built Our Communities
Our Effort is a Remarkable Landmark!
The Completed Monument - June 2010
Mining Memories is a community volunteer project that built a life-size bronze miner memorial
as a tribute to coal-miners of the Allegheny-Kiskiminetas River Valleys.
The project continues with social & educational events.
Suggestions & Volunteers are Welcome.
The miner is presented as integral with his community, other roles are represented in relief.
The miner works his tools, alongside timbers, and rails.
From his efforts rise the obvious product, coal.
Through the coal, we see the results of his efforts:
his building of community is representated by the architectural components in a coal jetty.
As we recollect the miner's life, we honor and cherish what we have inherited from his experience
- those values, traditions, and strength of character that built our communities.
In most of our towns, the coal mine tipple is no longer visible,
the landscape has changed, a community bonded by a proud heritage remains.
We believe such a project serves beyond our locale.
Our continued goal is to reinvigorate the spirit of community and civic engagement,
as we revisit the characters and historic settings in which these miners worked and lived.
We explore social solidarity and ethnic lines, personal struggles and historical and industrial progress,
virtually experiencing the closeness that is common to mining towns everywhere.
Since 2011, the AKVHS is our 501(c)(3) sponsor.
Visit the website www.akvhs.org, join and support the Heritage Museum & Flea-Tique at Tour Ed Mine.
Harmar Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 hosts the physical monument
at 1000 Freeport Road at Herron Avenue (Harmar Twp.) Cheswick, PA 15024
Thanks to everyone who provided support for this effort!
Stephen Paulovich is the Artist and Sculptor donated his labor for design and construction.
Jeanne Svitesic Cecil produced and administers the project.
This project is partially funded by
The PA Labor Education Center at Indiana University of PA,
PA State System of Higher Education,
Additional Sponsors Include:
Carlucci Construction Company (Don Carlucci), Cheswick, PA
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Rosebud Mining Company
United Steelworkers - USW International and Local 9445
United Mine Workers of America - UMWA International and Local 4426
The Nury Family
James "Jim" Howard
Chevron Humankind Matching Grants
Gaggiotti and Halasowski Families
In Honor of Gaggliardi and Markijohn Families
Major donors include:
Michael Fogle, Liberati Family, Mrs. Nellie Domian, Pierce Transportation, Springdale Floral,
and many other community members, families, and local businesses...
Please contact us by email: MiningMemories (at) AOL (dot) com
Donations for Mining Memories can be made payable to Mining Memories Fund.
Donations over $300 requiring tax receipts must be made payable to AKVHS our 501(c)(3) sponsor -
Please consider joining the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society www.akvhs.org and visiting the Heritage Museum in Tarentum.
Check out our custom merchandise, union-made in the USA - T-shirts, coffee-mugs, key-tags, and other items.