Latest News – March 28
New Exhibit to Open at Mining Museum April 1
The National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum invites the community to join them for Happy Hour, 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Friday, April 1st to view their new exhibition Eat, Sleep, Mine: a collection of photographs by George Pickow.
East, Sleep, Mine features 59 black and white photographs of coal miners from Kentucky and West Virginia taken by Pickow in 1948 along with complimentary artifacts from our collections. This exhibition is unique for the museum in that it depicts the life of a miner as opposed to primarily representing the equipment, processes, and outputs of mining. It is a collection of photographs depicting the lives of the miners from an outsider’s perspective as Pickow was a professional photographer not a miner himself.
Many of the featured artifacts to be on display with the photographs are objects from our collections that have never been on display and these same objects are visible within the photographs themselves. According to Stephanie Johnson, curator, “This exhibition puts the artifacts we have in the direct context of a miner’s daily life.”
While the name George Pickow may not be immediately familiar to many people, he became a well- known photographer in the music industry. He is best known for his work on the album covers of titans of folk, jazz, and pop music such as Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, Pete Seeger, and Lena Horne. Additionally, his photographs have been published in national magazines including Life, National Geographic, and Cosmopolitan.
$5 admission to the exhibition includes light refreshments including adult beverages.