Who We Are

 

The Mining History Association (MHA) is an organization of individuals interested in the history of mining and metallurgy. Members include independent scholars, laypersons, college and university professors, historians, miners, geologists, retired mining industry personnel, and many others.

 

 

What We Do

 

The MHA holds an annual meeting, publishes a scholarly journal and a quarterly newsletter, and provides a forum for discussion of the history of mining. 

 

Why is Mining History Important?

History buffs from academics to amateurs are frequently asked what they like about mining history. CLICK HERE to see how MHA members are answering these questions.

We invite you to join us today in the

discovery of our mining past!

Save the Date

Mining History Association
Silver Anniversary Conference

Virginia City, Nevada
June 11-14, 2015
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Call for Papers
2015 Mining History Association
Annual Conference
June 11-14, 2015
Virginia City, Nevada

Going Back to the Comstock for the MHA's Silver Anniversary

The Mining History Association will meet in historic Virginia City, Nevada, June 11-14, 2015. The Program Committee invites proposals for individual presentations or complete sessions (including chair) on any topic or aspect of mining history. Sessions include three papers of twenty minutes each. There are no temporal or geographic limits, though preferred topics may include: the Comstock and Nevada mining history, adjacent Sierra Nevada and Western mining history, silver metallurgy, Ghost Towns, mining camp social history, mining personalities, archeology of the mining West, and mining heritage activities. There will be special sessions on the 25 years of the Mining History Association. Proposals should include the title of the presentation, an abstract (not to exceed one page) for each presentation, and biographical information about each presenter, including mailing/email address. Please indicate if the presenter received an MHA research grant and their presentation is the result of such research. Speakers must register for the conference in order to give their presentations. Please send written proposals to the program session committee by January 31, 2015. Submissions should be made by e:mail attachment in Word format to the program chair:

Dr. Robert L. Spude
2 Alcalde Road
Santa Fe, NM 87508
Spudes@msn.com

New on the Web

1996 Rossland, BC Conference Now On-line
The 1996 Mining History Association conference was held in Rossland, British Columbia, Canada.  It is the only MHA conference to be held outside the US.  Attendees learned about the history of the development of the mining and smelting industry in BC and associated developments across the border in Washington State.  Field trips included the Cominco (now Teck Resources) Trail, BC smelting complex and the “Silver Slocan” mining district.  CLICK HERE to view the new web page from this meeting.

Emil Fischer Maps (1883-1898) On-Line
Historic maps of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains were described in the 2014 Mining History Journal paper, “Emil Fischer, Guide to the San Juan Mines,” by Larry Godwin.  Their large size made them difficult to display in the Journal.  CLICK HERE to view several of Fischer’s maps in a larger format.

1994 Golden, Colorado Conference Now On-line
Did you miss the 1994 Mining History Association conference in Golden, Colorado? It was held in conjunction with the Third International Mining History Conference and Symposium on Preservation of Mining Sites. CLICK HERE to view the new web page from this meeting. Although no photographs have been found from the conference, the field trips to Central City, Black Hawk, Idaho Springs,  Georgetown, Silver Plume, Leadville, and Cripple Creek have been “reconstructed” with photo galleries using more recent images

2014 Trinidad Conference Photos On-Line
Photo Galleries from the Annual Conference in Trinidad, Colorado, June 11-15, 2014, are now on-line. Included are photos from the tours to the Steelworks Museum in Pueblo, the Purgatoire Valley Coal Mines, the Historic Coal and Coke Camps, and the Picketwire Canyon Dinosaur Trackway.

Updated Photos from Leadville and Cripple Creek/Victor
Additional photos (taken in 2014) have been added to the field trip pages from the 2007 Leadville Conference and the 2003 Cripple Creek and Victor Conference. They include many more historical features of these two important mining districts.

The Mining History Journal Papers Coming On-line
During late-2014 and early-2015, the papers published in the Journal through 2012 will be added to the Mining History Association website in portable document format (pdf). This will greatly simplify public access to these important contributions to the literature of mining history. The Journal will continue to be published in hard copy and distributed to MHA members as a benefit of membership.

 
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