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Little Cities Appalachian Spring!

Temperance & Tavern Theme Continues at April 28 Final Friday in Nelsonville

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On Friday, April 28th, LCBD will be participating in the ” Final Friday” event on the Historic Nelsonville Square as part of the Little Cities’ annual “Appalachian Spring” series of events. There will be a temperance march at 7:10PM starting at the Nelsonville Public Library (95 W. Washington St) and marching to Multiple Brewing (Located at 82 W. Washington St. Multiple is Nelsonville’s first operating brewery since the Hock Hocking Brewery closed in 1918). The march then moves on to the outdoor stage on the Nelsonville Square, across from Stuart’s Opera House and next to the fountain. Several members of the march will be dressed in period costumes, and any volunteers who wish to join the march, or protest against the temperance movement, are welcome. Marchers are encouraged to wear period costumes, but anyone may join regardless of attire.
At 7:30PM, visitors will meet a fascinating local figure from our past- Frances Barker Gage (1808-1884). Gage was an abolitionist, suffragist and temperance advocate from McConnelsville, Ohio. She worked closely with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, along with other leaders of the early women’s rights movement in the United States, and wrote and spoke as “Aunt Fanny”. Frances Barker Gage is brought to life by Carolina Alvarez, an accomplished actress from Marietta, who is well known for her one woman shows on the life of “Fanny”, as well as the life of Margaret Blennerhassett. The performance starts at 7:30PM, with a one-half hour presentation in character and 15 minutes for questions after.
Come out for Final Friday’s Civil War themed evening on April 28th, and catch some Temperance & Taverns 1860’s style!  This event is part of LCBD’s Annual Appalachian Spring Series!

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Little Cities Appalachian Spring!

12th Annual Little Cities Tour de Forest Raises Funds for LCBD Council

Join Us for the 12th Annual Little Cities Tour de Forest Benefit Bicycle Ride on Saturday morning, April 29, 2017 beginning and ending at Hocking College Student Center in Nelsonville.  Various routes take riders through the forested hills of southeastern Ohio on both level and challenging courses.  A gravel route was added last year and was well received and will be available again this year! Included in registration is a Tour de Forest T-Shirt and a “start your ride” Homemade Granola Bar from Fullbrook’s Cafe on Nelsonville’s Historic Public Square.   A hearty TDF 2017 Simple Logocomplimentary lunch will be served upon return at the Student Center between 11:30am and 3pm.  This is a non-competitive ride that raises funds for the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council which is committed to gathering, protecting and sharing the heritage, cultural and environmental assets of this boom-to-bust coal mining region that is now home to the Wayne National Forest.

Register Here On-Line via Eventbrite

Once again we are offering group registration which provides a reduced registration rate and special perks!  Again this year riders have access to the Student Recreation Center’s facilities, including  showers, pool, climbing wall and disc golf.

Registration for this year’s ride is $30 for adults and $20 for youth (6-17 years).  Registration for groups/teams of 5 or more riders will be $25/rider and $15/rider for youth. Riders can choose from three paved routes of various distances (a 75 mile “metric century” route, a 30 mile “mining town” route or a 20 mile bikeway route), a 54 mile gravel route and a family friendly and safe “set your own distance” ride on the Adena Hock-Hocking Bikeway, which runs in front of the Student Rec Center.

Non-rider rec passes are available for $10 for those who wish to attend the event but choose not ride.  Rec passes include the complimentary lunch and access to the Hocking College Rec Center and use of the climbing wall, pool, indoor track, and disc golf course.  They do not include a t-shirt or morning granola bars.

Departure is recommended between 8am and 10am.  Departure times are the choice of the rider and should be calculated to insure return in time for lunch between 11:30AM and 3pm.

Register online here!  A signed Registration/Waiver Form is required. Click here: Tour de Forest Registration 2017-1  to download and print the 2017 Tour de Forest Registration form. Complete in advance and bring along to save time, or fill out at check in.  Please note that helmets are required on this ride.

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Little Cities Appalachian Spring!

Miner’s Hall Black Diamond Speakeasy

Saturday, May 20, 2-6PM

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On Saturday, May 20th Little Cities of Black Diamonds will bring back the “Temperance & Taverns” theme which was so popular at last fall’s Little Cities Day. Locally brewed products will be featured, along with good food and good music; all celebrating the repeal of prohibition and the return of the local production of spirits to our region. Representatives from local breweries as well as regional historians will be on hand to share information, along with historical displays and information tables. Randy Gleason will be making music and will be set-up for an open stage jam, so feel free to bring an instrument and play a song or two.

Tecumseh Commons will be our Miner’s Hall Speakeasy for the day. The event runs from 2-6PM. Admission: $5 (Includes 1 Drink), $10 (Includes 3 Drinks), with more food and drink vending available. Buy in advance for a free Raffle Entry, Click Here to register online with Eventbrite.
This event is part of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council’s year-long learning series to discover the Temperance Movement and the role of alcohol in the mining towns of the Hocking Valley a century ago. It is presented as part of the 2017 “Appalachian Spring” series of events.

All proceeds go toward historical and cultural preservation efforts in our region. Come on out for your fill of history, food and spirits, while supporting the work of the LCBD Council. Hope to see you there!

 

2016 Archived Web Posts

Temperance & Taverns LCBD Day Theme

Sunday, October 16 in Shawnee

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The role of alcohol, taverns and consumption played a significant role in the lives of miners and newcomers to the Little Cities microregion during the formative years of the mining towns in this region.  During this period known as the Hocking Valley Coal Boom Era (1870-1925), dozens of taverns and drinking rooms could be found in most mining towns of any size in the region.  During the same years, the Temperance movement spoke of the evils of alcohol and worked to ban its production and consumption in America culminating with the adoption of the 18th Amendment in 1920, known as Prohibition.  It was repealed in 1933 by the 21st Amendment.

Join us in historic Shawnee on Sunday, October 16 for our 22nd Annual Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day as we explore the Temperance and Tavern theme first hand with a Temperance Parade, living history characters and real live Speakeasy Saloon (in the Harigle Garage) where we will serve legal beverages produced in the region by modern day entrepreneurs.  An Exhibit, panel discussions and presentations will reinforce the theme, as well.  Per usual good food awaits in the Tecumseh Commons, children’s activities in the pakr, and live music from Rich Greenlee, Charlie & Cecilia Lewis and Jesse Henry of the popular Columbus band The Spikedrivers.

We welcome sponsors for our program, volunteers, and arts and craft vendors, as well as artifacts to display around the Temperance and Taverns Theme and quilts for the annual Southern Perry Quilt Sho.  If you have interest in any of these, or have questions about the day contact the Little Cities Council office at 740-394-3011 or via e-mail at lcbdohio@gmail.com.

A full schedule for the day is available by clicking here.    Google Map address 114 West Main Street, Shawnee, Ohio 43782.

Anthropology Alive At Buchtel St. Patrick’s Cemetery!  

Have you ever considered being an anthropologist for a day?  Anthropologists examine humans and human culture in all their diversity.  The Appalachia Population History Project is a long term research project with the aim of examining local history and culture conducted by Dr. Nancy Tatarek and her students in the Anthropology program at the Ohio University College of Arts & Sciences.  Begun two years ago, the project combines archival, genealogy research and cemetery field studies to form a picture of local population history. The project has recently included focused attention on the health and medical records of coal miners and their families in the Little Cities of Black Diamonds community of Buchtel, located near Nelsonville in northern Athens County.
Visitors participating in Anthropology Alive! will learn how such research is conducted. The experience will begin at Ohio University in the Anthropology Department.  Participants will receive a brief training session focusing on the project and its research.  By afternoon you will become part of the research team! Assisted by Dr. Tatarek and her students, you will help locate the records and history of one of the historical families in the project.  After the classroom session, the group will move to St. Patrick’s Cemetery to connect the records with the stones found there.  Dr. Tatarek will also provide a short synopsis of some field research techniques.  Lunch and transportation is provided during this day long experience.  Purchase your tour ticket by clicking here!

Tickets can also be purchased by contacting the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council office at 740-394-3011 or via e-mail at lcbdohio@gmail.com.
Bring drinking water, sturdy shoes & cameras.  Cemetery may not be accessible to physically challenged individuals and is not wheelchair accessible.   Building, room number and parking arrangements in Athens will be shared at time of registration.

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Membership Matters!

insidearchive'Don’t forget to become a member or renew your Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council Membership for 2016.  Membership keeps our annual calendar of events, archive and tour services alive!  Call us at 740-394-3011 or e-mail us at lcbhoh@gmail.com to to join via phone or receive a membership card.  Individual/Family memberships are $20, Business/Organization membership are $35 and Supporting memberships are $100.  Send checks or money order to Little Cities of Black Diamonds; P. O. Box 128; Shawnee, Ohio  43782.  We thank you in advance for your support!

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Print Edition of Miners Registry Available

minerregistryWe have exceed 7,000 names in our Miners of the Little Cities Registry and the Second Edition is now available in a printed version.  This edition features a sampling of pictures and quotes from miners.  Purchase price is $15 each.  To place your order contact the Little Cities office at 740-394-3011 or via e-mail at lcbd@ohiohills.com.

In the mean time check the registry out on-line.  If you or a family member or descendant work or have worked in the coal mining industry in Hocking, Athens, Perry or Morgan Counties and don’t find your name in the registry, please download the registry form available on this web site and return as soon as possible.  We make regular updates to the on-line registry throughout the year. 

Crossing The River
African Americans in Southeastern Ohio

August 8-9, 2016

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The Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council joins with Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area, Rendville Historic Preservation Society, Mutlicultural Genealogical Center, Athens County Historical Society (Southeastern Ohio History Center), and the Ohio University College of Arts and Sciences, Ohio University’s African American Studies program and Center for Campus and Community Engagement to present this groundbreaking two-day bus tour!

REGISTER NOW-CLICK HERE!

Provocative stories of courage, creativity & accomplishment!

Guides who are intimate with the past & current story!

Excellent food, entertainment and accommodations!

Hidden in the steep hills and narrow valleys of southeastern Ohio are remarkable stories of men and women who bravely broke the color barrier after they and their families crossed the Ohio River into Ohio’s Hill Country throughout the 19th and 20th Century. The region’s relatively homogeneous population does not lead one to expect stories of state and national significance involving African Americans. However, to the contrary, abundant examples exist that still impact the region today.   Join a spirited group of guides, ranging from community organizers and descendants of early trailblazers, to scholars and contemporary leaders as this landmark experience will give consideration to events and sites dating back to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Learn about Quakers and the Underground Railroad at Chesterhill, Ohio’s first public university and a black only academy at Albany in Athens County, the African American experience in Ohio’s second state capital at Zanesville, and an accidental social experiment during the coal boom era at Rendville where African Americans became pioneers in the nation’s labor union movement.   This guided bus tour includes lodging at the scenic Burr Oak State Park Lodge, a taste of regional foods and performance, and visits to African American churches, cemeteries and to the region’s pride and joy, Ohio University, where many early African American milestones were set.

The Details:

Location: Tour begins and ends at Burr Oak State Park Lodge, 10660 Burr Oak Lodge Road • Glouster, Ohio 45732.

Time: 9AM Monday, August 8 to 6PM, Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Cost: $195 per person (includes 4 meals: lunch-dinner August 8, breakfast-lunch August 9 and transportation).  Register by phone or e-mail by contacting us (see contact) or on-line at Event Brite. Fees apply to on-line registering.  Registration does not include lodging.

Lodging: $95/105 per room (single/double occupancy) @ Burr Oak Lodge.  To receive this rate, you must register directly through Ohio Hill Country or on-line at Event Brite.  Lodging option is at bottom of Even Brite registration page.

Contact: Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area; P O. Box 114; Shawnee, Ohio 43782; @gmail.com or call 740-707-1775 or 740-394-2852.

Note: This tour involves significant van/bus travel on winding roads and requires moderate amounts of walking with some uneven surfaces.

Click here for full details including a tentative itinerary!

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Appalachian Spring 2016 Calendar

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Jesse Henry

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Jesse Henry In Concert June 11th!

Columbus area singer-songwriter Jesse Henry visits the Tecumseh Commons in Shawnee on Saturday evening, June 11 at 8pm, as the final event of this year’s Appalachian Spring Series!    Henry is best know around the Columbus and Athens music scenes as lead singer for the Spike Drivers, a long-standing popular rock and roll staple in Ohio’s capital city.  The Spike Drivers held their final concert earlier this year and Jesse is now embarking on a new path which includes more time in the Appalachian Foothills of southeastern Ohio.  Jesse will bring young talent Chloe Hotstetler to the stage with him on June 11th.  Expect an eclectic mix of hard driving rock-n-roll, folk rock and acoustic music throughout the evening.  Henry’s contagious smile and engaging personality will leave you energized and alive!

Join Henry and guides at 5PM for a pre-concert hike on the Buckeye Trail in the Wayne Forest passing by Tecumseh Lake.  This hike will include a tour of the upstairs opera house portion of the Tecumseh Theater above the Commons.  This space awaits restoration and the June 11th concert benefits that process.  Contributions for the guided hike will go to the Buckeye Trail Association whose headquarters are located in Shawnee.

Henry will feature the song and video, Old Shawnee, that was written earlier this Spring during a WoodSongs! songwriting experience that he hosted in Shawnee.  Tickets for the June 11th concert can be purchased on-line here, or a ticket outlets at Hannah Brothers Furniture in Shawnee, Dodsons on Broaday and Newlon Tire in New Lexington, A New View, Corning, Insea Music, Nelsonville and Hoffa Records Athens.

Doors open at 7:30pm.  Cold beer and food will be available for sale.  Minors accompanied by parents are welcome.  No outside alcohol please!

The Tecumseh Commons is located at 114-116 West Main Street, Shawnee, Ohio 43782.  Shawnee is located in the Wayne Forest at the intersection of Ohio State Route 93 & 155 in southern Perry County–60 miles southeast of Columbus and 25 miles north of Athens.

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11th Annual Tour de Forest

TDF Logo - CopyBicycles benefit history!  Join us for the 11th Annual Tour de Forest Benefit Bicycle Ride on Saturday, May 14 beginning and ending at Hocking College in Nelsonville.  The event benefits the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council and its heritage and environmental education efforts in the microregion.  Various routes (road, gravel, bike path) take riders through the beautiful landscape of our microregion which is home to the Wayne National Forest.  Team registration is available for the first time this year, as is access to the Student Center at Hocking College where riders and their families can also enjoy the climbing wall, indoor pool and disc golf.  A souvenir t-shirt is included with registration.  A complimentary lunch is also served.  To register visit www.tourdeforest.wordpress.com.

 2015 Archived Web Posts

21st Annual
Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day
Sunday, October 18 • Shawnee
See Schedule Here

This Curtain Up To Encore Exhibit Panelyear’s Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day is set for Sunday, October 18 in downtown Shawnee, Ohio.  This year’s event theme, Curtain Up For Encore: The Opera Houses of the Little Cities will celebrate the region’s rich opera house tradition via speakers, live performance and an informative exhibit.  A full line up of children’s activities, exhibits, vendors and good food is on tap for this popular event that celebrates the heritage in the Hocking Valley Coal Fields of southeastern Ohio.  The Ohio University Graduate String Quartet, theater historians William Condee and Michael Hurwitz, and the annual Southern Perry County Quilt Show highlight the afternoon schedule.  The Ohio’s Clayway Exhibit will include live demonstrations by area potters and ceramists.    monahans opera house corningA full array of children’s activities are planned, including annual favorite Professor Bubbles.  Event hours are Noon-5PM, but show up early at 10AM for a guided family hike on the Buckeye Trail/North Country National Scenic Trail.  Please click here for Sunday’s hour-by-hour schedule of activities highlighted by an Old Tyme Opera House Review stage show scheduled in the upstairs opera house space in the Tecumseh Theater.

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2015 Theme

Curtain Up To Encore Exhibit Panel

Schedule of Events

10AM
Pre-Event Guided Hike on the Buckeye Trail/North Country National Scenic Trail
Hosted by the Buckeye Trail Association
(Meet at Miner’s Statue at 116 West Main Street)

11:30AM-5PM
Food Hall Opens
(Tecumseh Commons)

Noon-5PM
Exhibits, Vendors & Children’s Zone Open
(Main Street)

Noon-4:30PM
Southern Perry County Quilt Show
(Masonic Lodge)

12:15-12:55PM
Theater Historian Michael Hurwitz
”Entertainment At The Opera House”
(Tecumseh Commons)

12:30-1:30PM
Making Minions Kids Craft Activity
Perry County Library       

Children’s Zone/Saltlick Twp. Park (Gazebo)

1:00-2:00PM   
Ohio University Graduate String Quartet
Music from the Opera House
(Tecumseh Commons)

1:30-2:15PM
Guided Walking Tour of Shawnee Historic District
(Meet at Miner’s Statue on West Main Street)

1:45-3:00PM        
Children’s Feature           
Tecumseh Lake Pond Study with Kids
Rural Action Environmental Education/Watershed Group
Gather At Outdoors In The Little Cities of the Forest Exhibit in Elaine’s Garden

2:00-2:30PM
Old Time Medicine Show
(East Main Street)

2:30-3:10PM  
Author & Professor William Condee of Ohio University
“Hamlet, Sunday School & Zarrow Pig Review: The Opera House in Appalachia”
(Tecumseh Commons)

3:15-3:45PM
2015 Annual Little Cities Spirit Award
(Tecumseh Commons)

3:15-4:00PM  
Professor Bubblemaker
(East Main Main Street-Children’s Zone)

3:45-4:00PM
People’s Choice Award-Southern Perry Quilt Show
(Tecumseh Commons)

Music by Rich Greenlee
Curtain Up to Encore Prelude
(Tecumseh Commons)

4:00-5:00PM
Curtain Up to Encore: Old Tyme Opera House Revue
Directed by Dayton Willison
Performers: Bonnie Hall, Ken Bowald, O’Ryan, DaytonWillison, Mr. Lee & John Grudwahl
Revue includes magic, an old time medicine show, operetta style song,  Vaudeville , stories of old theaters and a classic scene from Romeo and Juliet

(Tecumseh Theater – 2nd Story Opera House Space)
Donations Solicited-Must Sign Waiver of Liability to Attend
Children Must be Accompanied by Adult

5PM
Event Concludes

Also Featuring

Great Food in Tecumseh Commons Dining Area
(Homemade Soup, Sandwiches & Pie)
The Opera Houses of the Little Cities Exhibit (Tecumseh Commons)
Ohio’s Clayground-Pottery Demonstrations & Exhibits (Harigle Garage)

Children’s Zone-Saltlick Twp. Park (Gazebo)
Outdoors in the Little Cities of the Forest (Elaine’s Garden)
Children’s Toy Museum (Children’s Zone-Saltlick Twp Park)
Wild West Costume & Souvenir Photographs

Ohio Valley Summer Theater Youth Actors (Children’s Zone)
Exhibits, Vendors, Art, Strolling Musicians & more…..

Support for Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day comes from:

Southern Perry County Academic Endowment Fund
Sponsors in our 2015 LCBD Day Program Book
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Registration Open for
Labor’s Crossroad’s Tour
Saturday, November 7

LCBD-LaborsCrossroadsTourPostcard11.7.15Reserve Ticket(s) Now for Labor Crossroads Tour-Click Here!

In 1869, an Intersection of destinies in the historic coalfields of southeastern Ohio transformed  the face of organized labor and the lives of working men and women to this very day.
Travel the path of early labor pioneers from the canal and railroad eras with National Association of Interpretation Certified Guides Cheryl Blosser and Jeff Wunderly. Follow the story of immigrant laborers who are ready for change.  They settled the coal camps and fought for power over their own lives. Read More….

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Registration Open for
Little Cities Thematic Tours
Opera Houses, Labor Story Featured

LCBD Opera House Tour

Reserve Ticket(s) Now for Opera House Tour-Click Here!

The smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd live on in the historic opera houses of southeastern Ohio!  Curtain Up to Encore: The Revival of Yesteryear’s Opera Houses is a tw0-day guided tour that will feature the culture of Opera Houses in southeastern Ohio.

History and entertainment come together in this fascinating behind the scenes look at the beautiful and historic opera houses of of Nelsonville (Stuart’s Opera House), Shawnee (Tecumseh Theater) and McConnelsville (Twin City Opera House) that are nestled among the hills and winding roads of Southeast Ohio.  Read more….

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LCBD-LaborsCrossroadsTourPostcardReserve Ticket(s) Now for Labor Crossroads Tour-Click Here!

In 1869, an Intersection of destinies in the historic coalfields of southeastern Ohio transformed  the face of organized labor and the lives of working men and women to this very day.
Travel the path of early labor pioneers from the canal and railroad eras with National Association of Interpretation Certified Guides Cheryl Blosser and Jeff Wunderly. Follow the story of immigrant laborers who are ready for change.  They settled the coal camps and fought for power over their own lives. Read More….

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Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day
Mark Your Calendar for Sun., October 18

logoThis year’s Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day is set for Sunday, October 18 in Shawnee.  Theme for this year’s event is “Curtain Up to Encore!” celebrating the region’s rich opera house tradition.  This will be the 21st year for this popular event celebrating our heritage in the Hocking Valley Coal Fields.  Stay tuned for updates!

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Victorian Brain Architecture Opens
13th Annual Appalachian Spring

The 13th Annual Little Cities Appalachian Spring festivities will kick off this Thursday evening, April 23 in Shawnee with the public opening of regional artist Geoff Schenkel’s Victorian Brain Architecture installation at the Tecumseh Commons at 116 West Main Street. The installation opens at 5pm and is scheduled in conjunction with a potluck supper at 6pm and an interpretive program featuring the artist at 7pm. The event also marks the 20th Anniversary of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council, sponsor of the Appalachian Spring event. The event is free and open to the public.  (click to read more…)

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A glance at the detailing of Schenkel’s Victorian Brain

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Cantilever Theater Dew Hotel
Agents of Change @ Final Friday

The second story porch on Nelsonville’s Historic Dew Hotel will serve as the stage for Agents of Change, a one-hour theatrical presentation at this month’s Nelsonville Final Friday.  The show, directed by Dayton Willison and featuring Little Cities of Black Diamonds living history characters, shares key elements of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds role in state and national history.  Showtime is 7pm, Friday, April 24 from Nelsonville’s Public Square.  No admission is charged.  Slice of Little Cities Council’s famous homemade pies, and Little Cities books and souvenirs will be on sell under the porch, beginning at 6pm.  (Click here to read more….)

DewHouse The second story porch of the Dew House Hotel in Nelsonville will serve as the stage for Agents of Change this Friday evening, April 24.

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13th Annual Appalachian Spring
Tour de Forest Benefit Bicycle Ride

tourdeforestsquaresimple2015Take to area roads or the Adena Hock-Hocking Bikeway to celebrate spring and support the environmental and heritage education activities of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council and Little Cities of the Forest Collaborative.  The 10th Annual Little Cities Tour de Forest Benefit Bicycle Ride is set for Saturday morning,  May 2 with departures from Nelsonville’s Public Square beginning at 7AM.   The non-competitive road and/or gravel ride is part of this year’s 13th Annual Little Cities Appalachian Spring celebration in the Athens County community of Nelsonville, the crossroads of the Hocking Valley Coal Boom Era (1870-1930) that created dozens of “Little Cities of Black Diamonds.”

Tour de Forest offers multiple distances and challenge levels to accommodate both serious bicyclists and leisure riders, including.  Registration for this year’s event is at the $30 with family packages available at $45. Registration includes pre-ride  homemade granola bars from FullBrooks Café on Public Square and lunch at Stuart’s Opera House upon return to Nelsonville as well as a waterproof Southeast Ohio Bicycle Map or Tour de Forest. Departures begin at 7, 8, 9, 10 and 10:30 AM on the day of the event. Pre-registration is encouraged to assure adequate lunch and souvenir options. Helmets and signed Waiver of Liability forms are required.  Visit here to learn more and register.  

The ride is part of the Appalachian Spring celebration in Nelsonville and Shawnee.  For more details on Appalachian Spring events click here.

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BicyclistsA bicycle built for two on the Hock-Hocking Adena Bikeway during a previous Tour de Forest event.

2014 Archived Web Posts

Most Recent Print Edition of Black Diamond Press Available Here in PDF Format:
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We Celebrate 20 Years on October 19!

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Theater, Music, Exhibits, Children’s Activity On Tap

Shawnee’s National Register Historic District will come to life this Sunday afternoon, October 19, as Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day celebrates its 20th Anniversary. “20 Years as a Cultural District: Collecting and Sharing Our Nationally Significant Story” is this year’s theme, and will be celebrated with theater, exhibits, music, children’s activities and food. Activities will run from noon-5PM both indoors and on Main Street, with a morning guided hike into the Wayne National Forest on the Buckeye Trail set for 10AM.

The Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council formed in 1994 with purpose of understanding and sharing the history of the former Hocking Valley Coal Region located at the corners of Athens, Hocking, Morgan and Perry Counties in southeastern Ohio where the Great Hocking Valley Coal Boom era (1870-1930) brought national attention to the series of upstart mining towns created after the Civil War. Citizen and scholarly research since then has uncovered three stories of national significance from this era including the region’s pioneering role in the nation’s early labor movement, the breaking of color and ethnic barriers by African Americans and European immigrants who came to the area in search of work, and the establishment of one of the federal government’s first-ever environmental clean-up projects that was waged at the end of the boom era as Civilian Conservation Corps and WPA workers replanted the forest and fought underground mine fires here during the Great Depression, creating Ohio’s only national forest, the Wayne National Forest. The Council’s effort has resulted in the series of remnant mining towns in this area reimaging themselves as the Little Cities of Black Diamonds cultural district by promoting their rich history, boom town architecture and national forest lands as assets for future development.

Sunday’s event will build on the events theme with the premiere of the Cantilever Theater at 2:30pm where living history characters will share highlights of the region’s history from an overhanging porch on East Main Street. These second-story cantilevered porches are one of the signature architectural features of the region. Live music from the Second Wind Bluegrass Band from Noon to 1:30pm and members of the Word of Mouth Jazz Band from 3:30-5pm will be featured indoors at the Tecumseh Commons where food and other exhibits will also be located. A guided walking tour of the historic district will begin at 12:30pm. Mr. Bubbles Old Time Medicine Show for children will take place at 1pm and 3:30pm on West Main Street along with other children’s activities provided by the Perry County District Library, Rural Action Environmental Education program and the Sunday Creek and Monday Creek watershed restoration groups. The Southern Perry County Quilt Show will take place in the Masonic Lodge from Noon-4:30 with the announcement of the People’s Choice Awards for the show at 4:30. A ceremonial cutting of the 20th Anniversary birthday cake and the announcement of the annual Little Cities Spirit Awards are set for 1:30 at the Tecumseh Commons. Historic exhibits, artisan vendors and homemade soups, pies and sandwiches round at the afternoon’s offerings.   Persons wishing to join the morning Buckeye Trail Hike should gather at the Miner’s Statue on West Main Street at 10AM.

For a complete schedule click here or contact the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council at 740-394-3011 or via e-mail at lcbd@ohiohills.com. Shawnee is located at the intersection of State Routes 155 and 93 in southern Perry County.  Support for the event comes from the Ohio Arts Council and the generous support of our members!

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LCBD Day 2012 Adam Remnant Performs

Scenes from Recent LCBD Days

(Top to bottom)” Mr. Bubbles’ Old Time Medicine Show engages children, 2013; Elders discuss their “Coal Town Childhoods”, 2013; Shopping the artisans, handcrafted brooms from Curt Cable, 2013; Adam Remnant performs in the Tecumseh Theater, 2012; Sustained by Clay thematic t-shirt, 2011.

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2oth Annual
Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day
Sunday, October 19, 2014

Theme: 20 YearsAs A Cultural Distict
Collecting & Sharing Our Nationally Significant Stories

Schedule of Events

10AM
Pre-Event Guided Hike on Buckeye Trail
(Meet at Miner’s Statue at 116 West Main Street)

11:30AM-5PM
Food Hall Opens
(Tecumseh Commons)

Noon-5PM
Exhibits and Vendors Open

Noon-4:30PM
Southern Perry County Quilt Show
(Masonic Lodge)

Noon-1:30PM
Live Music by Second Wind Bluegrass Band
(Tecumseh Commons)

12:30-1:30PM
Guided Walking Tour of Shawnee Historic District
(Meet at Miner’s Statue on West Main Street)

1:00PM
Mr. Bubbles-Old Time Show for Kids
(West Main Street)

1:30PM
2014 Annual Little Cities Spirit Award
20th Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day Birthday Cake Lighting
(Tecumseh Commons)

2:30PM
Cantilever Theater
Sharing Our Stories of National Significance
(East Main Street)

3:30PM
Mr. Bubbles-Old Time Show for Kids
(West Main Street)

 3:30-5PM
Word of Mouth Jazz Band
(Tecumseh Commons)

4:30PM
People’s Choice Award-Southern Perry Quilt Show
(Tecumseh Commons)

5PM
Event Concludes

Art Vendors

Great Food in the Tecumseh Commons

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Second Edition of Miners Registry Available

minerregistryWe have exceed 6,000 names in our Miners of the Little Cities Registry and are putting the final touches on the Second Edition of a printed version.  This edition features a sampling of pictures and quotes from miners.  Purchase price is $15 each.  To place your order contact the Little Cities office at 740-394-3011 or via e-mail at lcbd@ohiohills.com.

In the mean time check the registry out on-line.  If you or a family member or descendant work or have worked in the coal mining industry in Hocking, Athens, Perry or Morgan Counties and don’t find your name in the registry, please download the registry form available on this web site and return as soon as possible.  We make regular updates to the on-line registry throughout the year. 

 

12th Annual Appalachian Spring
Friday’s Children’s Chautauqua Featured (Tickets Here!)

The redbud trees are about to bloom which means Appalachian Spring is here!   We have a full menu of activities for the 12th Annual Little Cities Appalachian Spring set for Nelsonville’s Public Square beginning Thursday, April 24.

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Appalachian Spring events continue on Friday evening, April 25th during Nelsonville’s Final Friday event.   The opening of the exhibit Coal Town Childhood: Growing Up in the Hocking Valley Coalfields is set for 6-9pm in the lobby of Stuart’s Opera House.   Admission to the exhibit is free.  The exhibit will be on display at Stuart’s through mid-June.  A Coal Town Soup Supper runs in conjunction with the exhibit opening, and will housed in one of Stuart’s Storefronts several doors up the street from the Opera house from 5:30-9pm.  Homemade soups and pies are featured.
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Outside on Friday evening, a lively Little Cities  Children’s Chautauqua Tent Show will be presented at 6:30 and 8pm on Nelsonville’s Public Square.  Tickets are $5 each and are available on-line by clicking here or can be purchased at Tish’s Treasures, Fullbrook’s Cafe or Nelsonville Emporium on Public Square in Nelsonville or via the LCBD Council Office in Shawnee.  Advanced purchase of tickets assures seating the night of the event.  The event will feature live music, jugglers, magic, a ventriloquist, puppets, fire breathing and much more.  For a look at the line-up click here.

The season’s celebration will conclude with the 9th Annual Tour De Forest Benefit Bicycle Ride on Saturday, May 3, departing from Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville.  Ride registration and route maps are available at www.tourdeforest.wordpress.com.   Proceeds from the ride benefit heritage education provided by the Little Cities of Black Diamond Council and environmental education provided by the Little Cities of the Forest Collaborative.

For a complete schedule of Appalachian Spring events click here!

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Appalachian Spring Tours

April 24 (Half Day)
April 25 (Full Day)

Click Here for Itinerary & To Register

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Final Friday • April 25th
Nelsonville Public Square

Children's Chautauqua Exhibit Opening
Coal Town Childhood:
Growing Up In The Hocking Valley Coal Fields

6-9 PM • Stuart’s Opera House Lobby

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Coal Town Soup Supper
Homemade Soup • Cornbread • Homemade Pies

5:30-9PM • Stuart’s Storefront (2 Doors Down)

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Saturday, May 4
Tour de Forest Benefit Bicycle Ride

For Details, Routes & To Register Click Here

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Current Theme: Coal Town Childhood
Growing Up In The Hocking Valley Coalfields 

The LittLittleCitiesChildhoods (2 Boy + 3 Girls on Steps)le Cities of Black Diamonds Council’s current educational theme is Coal Town Childhood: Growing Up in the Hocking Valley Coalfields.   The theme was launched in October 2013 at Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day in Shawnee with an exhibit and a series of educational activities for children that connected children with the childhood experiences of their ancestors.  The Coal Town Childhood exhibit will again be featured this Spring in the lobby of Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville.  The exhibit will open during Nelsonville’s Final Friday event on Friday evening, April 25 (6-9PM), accompanied by a Children’s Chautauqua Show that evening as well.  The exhibit be on display at Stuart’s through mid-June.

For more information contact our office at 740-394-3011 or e-mail us at lcbd@ohiohills.com.

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A Region Reflects
50th Anniversary of LBJ’s Visit

LBJConfLogo2The Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council has joined with partners at Ohio University to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s historic visit to southeast Ohio to promote his War On Poverty campaign.  The event will include  Thursday, April 3 bus tours through the Little Cities microregion and an opening event at Ohio University’s Baker Center Theater.  On Friday, April 4th a day-long series of thematic sessions reflecting upon the impact of Johnson’s Great Society programs on the region will be anchored by a keynote address from Dr. Ron Eller, author of Uneven Ground, Appalachia Since 1945. The event’s intent is to educate the public, including OU faculty and students, to this historical period.  Proceedings will reflect upon the impact of this historic era on the region by examining historical perspectives and current circumstances while seeking vision and recommendation for future growth.  For complete details visit www.lbjsoutheastohio.com.  Support for the event comes in part, from a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council to the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council.

3rd Annual Civil War Ball

March 29, 2014 • (6:30-10pm) • Athens Community Center • Athens, Ohio

 Athens County Historical Society & Museum’s third annual Civil War Ball is an educational fundraiser.  This gala event offers participants the opportunity to party like it’s 1860 while learning about this pivotal time in our nation’s history, as well as the customs and social events of the time.  Period decorations and memorabilia will transform a large suite of rooms in the community center and create the atmosphere of a Civil War-era ball. Period attire is encouraged but not required.

The family-friendly evening will include activities for children, sampling of foods and beverages from the 1800s, dancing, professional photographs and exhibition dancing by the popular Times Past Vintage Dancers. Music will be provided by The Back Porch Swing Band and caller Elizabeth Reeb.  Tickets can be purchased by calling 740-592-2280 or stopping by the Museum during regular hours.  Click Here for More Details

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LBJ’s War On Poverty: A Region Reflects
Seeking Perspective, Seeking Vision

 April 3-4, 2014 • Little Cities Region & Ohio University • Athens

A two-day conference reflects upon the impact of President Johnson’s “War on Poverty” and “Great Society” on the region, while seeking a vision for the future.   A tour of the Little Cities region and opening ceremonies at Ohio University’s Baker Center are on tap for Thursday, April 3, followed by a day-long conference on campus on Friday, April 4 anchored by a keynote address from Dr. Ronald Eller.  Registration details to follow.

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Cliff Cody in Concert

April 6 • Tecumseh Commons • Shawnee

Singer-songwriter Cliff Cody returns for a Sunday evening concert to benefit the operations and restoration of this historic theater in the heart of the Little Cities.  Tickets and info at www.tecumsehtheater.org.

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4th Annual Dash for the Darter!

April 12 , 2014 • Burr Oak State Park • Glouster

The 4th Annual Dash for the Darter 5K Trail Race is set.  Proceeds benefit Sunday Creek Watershed Group.  For registration details visit http://www.sundaycreek.org

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Current Theme: Coal Town Childhood
Growing Up In The Hocking Valley Coalfields 

The LittLittleCitiesChildhoods (2 Boy + 3 Girls on Steps)le Cities of Black Diamonds Council’s current educational theme is Coal Town Childhood: Growing Up in the Hocking Valley Coalfields.   The theme was launched in October 2013 at Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day in Shawnee with an exhibit and a series of educational activities for children that connected children with the childhood experiences of their ancestors.  The Coal Town Childhood exhibit will again be featured this Spring in the lobby of Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville.  The exhibit will open during Nelsonville’s Final Friday event on Friday evening, April 24 (6-9PM), accompanied by a Children’s Chautauqua Show that evening as well.  The exhibit be on display at Stuart’s through mid-June.

For more information contact our office at 740-394-3011 or e-mail us at lcbd@ohiohills.com.

Second Edition of Miners Registry Goes To Print

minerregistryWe have exceed 6,000 names in our Miners of the Little Cities Registry and are putting the final touches on the Second Edition of a printed version.  It should be ready for delivery by mid-January.  This edition will feature a sampling of pictures and quotes from miners.  Purchase price is $15 each.  To place your order contact the Little Cities office at 740-394-3011 or via e-mail at lcbd@ohiohills.com.

In the mean time check the Registry out on-line.  If you or a family member or descendant work or have worked in the coal mining industry in Hocking, Athens, Perry or Morgan Counties and don’t find your name in the registry, please download the registry form available on this web site and return as soon as possible.  We make regular updates to the on-line registry throughout the year. 


Appalachian Spring 2014 Events Announced
Save The Dates!

The Little Cities Council has an exciting month-long Little Cities Appalachian Spring celebration on tap for regional residents and visitors alike.  The annual celebration will begin with a special two-day regional workshop commemorating the 50th Anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty speech at Ohio University in 1964.  The event will feature a tour of the Little Cities Region on Thursday, April 3rd, followed by opening ceremonies for the conference that evening at Ohio University’s Baker Center.   On Friday, April 4th a day-long series of thematic sessions reflecting on the impact of Johnson’s Great Society programs on the region will be anchored by a keynote address from Dr. Ron Eller, author of Uneven Ground, Appalachia Since 1945.  Registration details will be released soon.

Appalachian Spring events continue on Friday, April 25th with the opening of the exhibit Coal Town Childhood: Growing Up in the Hocking Valley Coalfields.  The exhibit will open during Nelsonville’s Final Friday event on Friday evening, April 25 (6-9PM), accompanied by a Children’s Chautauqua Show that evening as well.  The exhibit be on display at Stuart’s through mid-June.

Two Little Cities Appalachian Spring Tours are on tap for Friday, April 25th (Half-Day Tour) and Saturday, April 26th (Full-Day Tour).  Tour registration details will be released soon.

The season’s celebration will conclude with the 9th Annual Tour De Forest Benefit Bicycle Ride on Saturday, May 3, departing from Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville.  Ride registration details will be released soon.

2013 Archived Web Posts

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Historic West Main Street
Shawnee, Ohio

Sunday, October 20, 2013
Noon-5PM

Family Hike on the Buckeye/North Country National Scenic Trail (10AM)

Entertainment @ Tecumseh Commons

Coal Town Childhood Exhibit-Harigle Garage

Children’s Games & Activities including Mr. Bubbles

Little Cities Spirit Awards

Special Corning Exhibit in Tecumseh Theater (Upstairs) Living History Featuring Corning Businesswoman & Civic Leader Bertha Levion @ 4PM

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Art Vendors

Great Food in the Tecumseh Commons

Purchase Tickets for Little Cities Summer Tour
Saints, Sinners & Cemeteries!

SinnersSaintsLogoThe Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council will bring stories of the region to life on Saturday, August 10 with a day-long guided tour of the region titled “Saints, Sinners and Cemeteries!”

The tour will bring to life inspiring tales of bravery surrounding union organizing and the breaking of the color barrier by Hocking Valley miners over a century ago which are mixed with eyebrow raising tales of the rough side of mining town life.  Whether  saint or sinner, many of the rich characters of this storied era are buried in hillside cemeteries that will be visited along with historic buildings and sites that also tell a story of the modern day battle between restoration and decay in the former boom mining towns of southeastern Ohio.

The day will include living history characters who will bring the story to life in first person narrative.  Access to sites and buildings not available to the general public will be featured. The tour will begin and end on Nelsonville’s Historic Public Square with transportation provided in air conditioned vans.  Complimentary coffee and pastries from Fullbrooks Cafe will be available upon departure.  A hearty lunch is included, served in the Historic Tecumseh Theater in Shawnee with plenty of cold drinks, snacks and shopping opportunities available throughout the day.

Cemeteries to be visited are Payne Cemetery, Monroe Cemetery and the Rendville Cemetery.  Communities to be visited include Nelsonville, New Straitsville, Shawnee, Corning, Rendville and Glouster.

To purchase tickets with a credit card on-line (via Pay Pal–you don’t need a Pay Pal account) click on one of the options below:
Little Cities Member Price: $65 – Click Here
Non-Member Price: $75 – Click Here

For more information or to purchase tickets by phone contact our office at 740-394-3011.

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Appalachian Spring Stage Show !

April 19 @ Stuart’s Opera House

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The 11th Annual Appalachian Spring Celebration returns to Nelsonville and the stage of Stuart’s Opera House on Friday evening, April 19th beginning at 7:30PM.  This is our second Chautauqua-style show at Stuart’s Opera House marking the arrival of spring in our unique section of Ohio’s Hill Country.  The show will celebrate this year’s LCBD Council theme: Music of the Little Cities:  Coal Dust, Culture and Cause for Congregation.   A variety of regional musical acts will be interlaced with historical and current day narrative to create an entertaining and educational experience.  This year’s line-up will headlined again by nationally recognized regional folk-rock-roots musician Adam Remant.  He will be joined by Ohio’s oldest community band, the Adlephi Community Band and a diverse array of other entertainers.  Read more….
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Stage Show
Friday, April 19 • 7:30pm

Stuart’s Opera House • Public Square • Nelsonville

Music Panel SmallThe Music of the Little Cities: Coal Dust, Culture & Cause for Congregation exhibit, desserts, beverages, snacks and Little Cities books and t-shirts will be available beginning at 6PM when the lobby & ticket office open.  Come early and begin your evening of education and entertainment.  Tickets will be available at the door for $15 (adults) and $10 (children 12 & under), but we recommend purchasing tickets on-line here for $10 (adults) and $5 (children 12 & under).

Pre-show music begins @ 7:15 with the Adelphi Community Band.

Act 1 (7:30pm)

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Showman George Stuart (portrayed by Bob Garbo)

Welcome
Master of Ceremonies-Living History Character George Stuart (Portrayed by Bob Garbo)
Canal boat showman George Stuart built Stuart’s Opera House on Nelsonville’s Public Square in 1879.  Garbo is one of several Little Cities Living History Characters who help tell the nationally significant story of the Hocking Valley Coal Region.

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Show narrator & producer Kathy Devecka

Narrator
Hear about the role of music in the coal towns of the Little Cities throughout the evening by the show’s producer and narrator, Kathy Devecka, a theater coach from Athens and leader of the Little Cities Living History troupe Voices of the Little Cities.

Adelphi Community Band
Community bands were prolific in the region during the boom era (1870-1930).  One band established in the nearby community of Adelphi located on the Hockinging-Pickaway-Ross County line has stayed in existence since its establishment in 1880.  They will join this year’s show to remind the audience of this style of music which was prominent at outdoor band concerts and parades as well as from the stage of community opera houses a century or more ago.

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Adelphi Community Band, established 1880

Tiffany Rowland, Violinist (Interlude)
Musical interludes featuring local talent were common between acts at Chautauqua-style shows prominent during the early 1900’s.  In keeping with this idea, the string instruments of the era will be featured in a number performed by local violinist Tiffany Rowland.

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Jack Wright
The Music of Coal 

The culture of coal communities varies throughout Appalachia.  The Hocking Valley Coal Fields were very much influenced by the music of the newly arriving European immigrants that populated these new Ohio “little cities” in the late 1800’s.   Further south in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky where the coal boom started a decade or two later, the coal mining towns were more influenced by traditional mountain music.  Regardless of location, Ohio University and Berea College film maker, musician and cultural icon Jack Wright has gathered many of these songs in his Music of Coal project several year’s back.  He will share songs and tales from the coal fields as he closes out the firs act of the Appalachian Spring stage show.

Intermission

Act 2

Nelsonville Presbyterian Church Choir
Music was everywhere in the coal towns of the era, including churches.  Join director Megan Cameron and the Nelsonville Presbyterian Church Choir as they raise their voices in song, reminiscent of the role that music played in the spiritual life of the miners, their families and all those who played a role in the early mining towns.

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Arocho in Ragtime!

Sharell Anderson Arocho (Interlude)
Our second interlude will feature Sharell Anderson Arocho, a vocalist who has wooed area crowds recently with her  performances in the Ohio Valley Summer Theater musical Ragtime! and at the Athens Has Talent! show at Stuart’s.  You won’t want to miss Sharell!

Adam (left) and his brother Jess lead last year's performers in the standard

Adam (left) and his brother Jess lead last year’s performers in the standard “Cripple Creek” during last year’s first ever Appalachian Spring Stage Show at Stuart’s.

Adam Remnant
Singer-songwriter Adam Remnant of Southeast Engine has traveled to stages, concert halls and music fests nationally during the past several years sharing his gifts in the  folk-rock-roots scene.  Anchoring his work are songs from his Canary CD and Cananville EP that tell the story of a fictional family from the 1930’s Little Cities coal town of Canaanville.  He was the hit at last year’s premiere of the Little Cities Appalachian Spring stage show at Stuart’s and returns this year to close out our evening and lead all of the evening’s performers in a finale! 
Among the songs on his playlist are New Growth, Adeline of the Appalachian Mountains, Old Oak Tree and Mountain Child. 


2012 Archived Web Posts

Historic West Main Street
Shawnee, Ohio

Sunday, October 21, 2012
Historic Main Street
Shawnee, Ohio
Noon-5PM

Morning Hike on the Buckeye/North Country National Scenic Trail (10AM)

Entertainment @ Tecumseh Commons

Adam Remnant of Southeast Engine (4:00-5:00)
(Private Show in Tecumseh Theater)*
*(Donation: $5 or more-Call 740-394-3011 or e-mail lcbd@ohiohills.com for tickets)

Music of Coal Exhibit-Harigle Garage
Ivan & Deana Tribe, WOUB Radio Personalities

Music of the Little Cities: Coal Dust, Culture & Cause for Congregation Exhibit

Open Stage for Musicians

Food & Art Vendors

2011

The Little Cities of Black Diamond Council Receives Grant to Improve Archive

Shawnee, Ohio.  The Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council recently receive a n Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board Grant.  The $2,602 grant will assist in obtaining archival grade preservation and storage materials, provide professional archival instruction and assistance for local volunteers and make the Archive more accessible and accommodating for research users.

The grant is supported in part by an award from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives and Records Administration.

The Little Cities Archive is located on West Main Street in Historic Downtown Shawnee, Ohio and is open 10:00am to 2:00pm Monday thru Thursday. Current holdings at the Archive include, local photographs, newspapers, artifact and research documents.    In addition to the physical structure, the Archive maintains an active web site at  “littlecitiesarchive.org”.

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