skip to main content columnskip to left navigation

Appalachian Teaching Project

Center of Appalachian Studies & Services

Fairmont State University

Telling the Story of Monongah

Students worked with The Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, as well as the Monongah Centennial Committee, Monongah Fest Committee, Senator Roman W. Prezioso, Jr., and other interested community members in exploring the heritage of the Eastern European community as it relates to the history of coal, disaster, and community in the town of Monongah. These cultures have been historically underrepresented in the telling of the story of Monongah, which was the site of the nations largest industrial accident on December 6, 1907 when more than 300 miners were killed following an explosion in Mines 6 and 8.   The diverse ethnic population and the community that developed have had a profound impact upon the culture of Marion County and north central West Virginia that is still felt today.

Final Report

Student Participants: Jane Gilchrist, Colby White, Arnold Triplett, Elizabeth Golden, Liza Russell
Faculty: Judy Byers, Noel Tenney

Contact Information:

Judy Byers, Ph.D.
Director, West Virginia Folklife Center
Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
Telephone: 304-367-4286



Previous Conference Participation:   2009

ARC Logo


Alfred State

Appalachian State University

Auburn University

East Tennessee State University

Fairmont State University

Frostburg State University

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Radford University

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

University of North Georgia

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

University of Tennessee

Zane State College


Emory and Henry College

Mississippi State University

Mississippi University for Women

Morehead State University

Northeast Alabama Community College

Ohio University

Shawnee State University

Virginia Tech

icon for left menu icon for right menu