minewar.org documenting the 1930's Illinois Mine War


The Illinois Labor History Society is the partnering organization for this project. The ILHS supports labor history activities and hosts labor history events throughout the year.
The University of Illinois at Springfield Oral History Archives maintains a number of memoirs of participants in the mine war.
The Illinois Humanities Council provided funding for the research and development phase of this project.
The Illinois Arts Council helped to fund this project..
The Committee For Labor Access provided fiscal sponsorship during the development stage of this project. Check out Labor Beat online or on CAN TV19 in Chicago.
Northern Illinois University, History Professor Rosemary Feurer, is producing a documentary on the Virden Massacre which occurred on October 12, 1898. The trailer for the video is available here.
Mining More In Moweaqua, was created by the Moweaqua Library to “engage the citizens of Moweaqua in mining their collective cultural history. In the lifespan of the village, the Moweaqua Mining Corporation disaster of 1932 was a defining loss to the social, economic and emotional stability of the community.”
Greg Boozell’s video documentary “Invisible Hand: The Deindustrialization of Southern Illinois” traces the human impact of mine closings, and breaks down the complex interplay of labor and environmental factors at work in the dismantling of a region’s economy. Available as a DVD or online streaming from Amazon.com.
The Belleville Labor & Industry Museum is the only public institution devoted to the history of the labor and industry of Belleville and southwestern Illinois.
Located in Taylorvillie, IL, the Christian County Coal Mine Museum was founded by retired miner, William Stone to help preserve the history of coal mining in the region.
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Here’s a site devoted to the History of Gillespie, IL created by Wayne Hinton. There are plenty of photos, information on surrounding communities, and geneological information too.

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