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

New on the Web

Virginia City Conference Registration Now Open
Full program details and registration materials for the June 11-14, 2015 Annual Mining History Conference in Virginia City, Nevada are now available in the Spring 2015 Mining History News newsletter and on this website.

The Mining History Journal Papers Now On-line
2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Mining History Association.  To help celebrate this milestone, the papers and book reviews published in the Journal from 1994 through 2012 have been 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.
(CLICK HERE) The Journal will continue to be published in hard copy and distributed to MHA members as a benefit of membership.  A limited number of some of the hard copy volumes are still available for purchase. (Contact the Editor).

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.

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