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Mountaintop: Coal Mine Wars in West Virginia

Keeping Mine Wars history alive with a free and fun educational multimedia experience for all ages

Mountaintop Knowledge Cards


The Mountaintop: Coal Mine Wars in West Virginia project keeps Mine Wars history alive with a free and fun educational multimedia experience for all ages and locations



  • prioritizes supporting K-12 teachers in West Virginia to include the Mine Wars in the curriculum
  • includes free and engaging educational materials
  • celebrates a dramatic, diverse, and often left our chapter in United States history
  • is enjoyable by people of all ages
  • commemorates the significant contributions and sacrifices made by West Virginians to the benefit of workers everywhere
  • places the history of Appalachia as central in the study of labor history
  • shares unique historical materials


Mountaintop exists through generous support from the National Coal Heritage Area Authority, the West Virginia and Regional History Center, and many others. To contribute to additional publication of the free educational materials to students, teachers, and families throughout West Virginia, please contact Beth Toren 

Teaser Trailer


The Mountaintop project is part of the Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial, 1921-2021 events commemorating the significance of the Battle and the history of the southern West Virginia coalfields, memorializing the people who fought for the civil rights of miners and their families, and celebrating the spirit of Blair Mountain passed on.