Down in the Mine: American Coal Miners and Their Songs, 1890-1960
A Road Scholar Program by Bucky Halker
Apr 24, 2022
Coal miners in Illinois and the rest of the US have a long tradition of writing poetry and music related to their occupation. This program brings that tradition to the forefront. “Down in the Mine” combines music performance (guitar and vocal) and spoken commentary.
The presentation features songs and poems by coal miners, including Illinois miners. The commentary places this important folk tradition in a broader historical context and offers details on coal mining, coal-miner bards and songwriters, early country music, and individual songs.
CHRISTIAN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM COVID-19 POLICY
The CCHS follows the recommendations of the Christian County Health Department & we change our COVID-19 precautions & mitigation strategies as dictated by the Department. Our primary mitigation strategy is, that this event is outdoors. The only time participants will be indoors is when they are touring our historical buildings and using the accessible restroom in our office building. If our health department is requiring masks indoors at that time, then so will we. We will sanitize surfaces & post signs.