The worst mine disaster in Ohio's history is the subject of a new documentary from local filmmaker Burr Beard.The short film documents a difficult time in local history, when the Sunday Creek Coal Company Mine Number 6, at the time considered one of the safest mines in the Hocking Valley coal fields, exploded, killing 82 … Continue reading Millfield Mine Disaster Documentary Screening in Historic Shawnee May 16
This St. Patrick's Day, as some people honor certain traditions involving alcohol, some of it green, we return to the early 1800s, when thousands of Irish immigrants were crossing the Atlantic and settling in Ohio's hills and villages. In the first half of the 1800s, Irish immigrants, many of them fleeing the potato blight and … Continue reading The Irish in Ohio
Ohio's Hill Country Heritage Area has as its main goal the preservation of Ohio's Appalachian region and the cultural, environmental, recreational and economic assets that have shaped the lives of the people who lived here and driven the progress of our nation. Preservation may make one think of museums and historic sites meticulously maintained by … Continue reading What is Public History?
Some parts of Appalachian Ohio hold some fascinating chapters of American history, but local potter Maddy Fraioli is bringing a story that stretches south beyond the Mason-Dixon right back to Shawnee, Ohio. Fraioli has been making pottery and stoneware in Muskingum County for years. With her husband, Howard Peller, she owned and operated Fioriware … Continue reading Face Jugs: A mystery of history