Weir Coal Camp featured in Miners Hall Museum quarterly exhibit

Posted on behalf of Miners Hall Museum

Miners Hall Museum in Franklin, KS is proud to announce the 2020 Third Quarterly Exhibit, “Little Balkans Coal Camp: Weir”  opening July 1 and continuing through September 26, 2020. The regular programs will have changes due to the pandemic. These programs may be made available virtually.

This exhibit and programs will include a wide-ranging display and presentations on the “boom town” era of Weir City, Kansas from 1866 to 1950. The display will include storyboards, a colorful timeline, and pictures of Weir City and the surrounding area.

The exhibit is hosted by David Wallace. David was born in San Diego, California to a scholarly pin-striper from Oswego and a coal miner’s son from Weir.  It took him 38 years to outgrow the confines of city life and move back to make a home within a mile from where his dad was born at Daisy Hill, north of Weir. After driving trucks nationwide for 25 years he has returned to discover the story of his family who put down roots in the coal camp of Weir City.

We would like to express a special thank you to our host and presenter, David Wallace and our presenters, Lois Carlson, Jerry Lomshek, and Larry Spahn.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become clear that we will be unable to host Sunday afternoon special events for our quarterly programs as we have in the past. These programs have been very popular with our members and patrons, so we are looking for ways to present programs in an alternate setting. We have discussed hosting programs via Zoom meetings or recording programs and posting them on YouTube.

Programs scheduled for this exhibit include:

July, TBD:  “Weir Mining History” presented by David Wallace
This program will cover the growth of coal mining and of Weir City from the opening of the Neutral Lands in 1860 to the end of mining in the area in the 1950’s.

August, TBD:  “Controversy in The Coal Fields” presented by Lois Carlson and David Wallace
Lois Carlson will present on the UMWA strike of 1919 as well as the School of Mines controversy.  David Wallace will present on black miners in Weir, Kansas.

September, TBD:  “Nuts and Bolts of Coal Mining” presented by Jerry Lomshek and Larry Spahn
This program will give a description and explanation of the equipment and procedures of mining as it was practiced in the Weir area

For further information on our programs, you can follow “Miners Hall Museum” on Facebook or Twitter or become a member of the museum.

If you have artifacts, photos, or stories relating to this exhibit and would like to donate or loan them for this exhibit or future display at the museum, please contact the museum to share this wonderful history.

The museum is open for viewing Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.  Admission to the museum and the programs is free. Donations are accepted and appreciated. The museum and our facilities will adhere to the current Phase In restrictions and pandemic guidelines for Crawford County and the State of Kansas.