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12th Annual Appalachian Spring
Friday’s Children’s Chautauqua Featured (Tickets Here!)

The redbud trees are about to bloom which means Appalachian Spring is here!   We have a full menu of activities for the 12th Annual Little Cities Appalachian Spring set for Nelsonville’s Public Square beginning Thursday, April 24.

AppalachianSpringLogo2014Two Little Cities Appalachian Spring Tours are set, one on Thursday, April 24th (Half-Day Tour) and the other Friday, April 25th (Full-Day Tour).  Click here for on-line registration and tour information.

Appalachian Spring events continue on Friday evening, April 25th during Nelsonville’s Final Friday event.   The opening of the exhibit Coal Town Childhood: Growing Up in the Hocking Valley Coalfields is set for 6-9pm in the lobby of Stuart’s Opera House.   Admission to the exhibit is free.  The exhibit will be on display at Stuart’s through mid-June.  A Coal Town Soup Supper runs in conjunction with the exhibit opening, and will housed in one of Stuart’s Storefronts several doors up the street from the Opera house from 5:30-9pm.  Homemade soups and pies are featured.
Outside on Friday evening, a lively Little Cities  Children’s Chautauqua Tent Show will be presented at 6:30 and 8pm on Nelsonville’s Public Square.  Tickets are $5 each and are available on-line by clicking here or can be purchased at Tish’s Treasures, Fullbrook’s Cafe or Nelsonville Emporium on Public Square in Nelsonville or via the LCBD Council Office in Shawnee.  Advanced purchase of tickets assures seating the night of the event.  The event will feature live music, jugglers, magic, a ventriloquist, puppets, fire breathing and much more.  For a look at the line-up click here.

The season’s celebration will conclude with the 9th Annual Tour De Forest Benefit Bicycle Ride on Saturday, May 3, departing from Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville.  Ride registration and route maps are available at   Proceeds from the ride benefit heritage education provided by the Little Cities of Black Diamond Council and environmental education provided by the Little Cities of the Forest Collaborative.

For a complete schedule of Appalachian Spring events click here!


Current Theme: Coal Town Childhood
Growing Up In The Hocking Valley Coalfields 

The LittLittleCitiesChildhoods (2 Boy + 3 Girls on Steps)le Cities of Black Diamonds Council’s current educational theme is Coal Town Childhood: Growing Up in the Hocking Valley Coalfields.   The theme was launched in October 2013 at Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day in Shawnee with an exhibit and a series of educational activities for children that connected children with the childhood experiences of their ancestors.  The Coal Town Childhood exhibit will again be featured this Spring in the lobby of Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville.  The exhibit will open during Nelsonville’s Final Friday event on Friday evening, April 25 (6-9PM), accompanied by a Children’s Chautauqua Show that evening as well.  The exhibit be on display at Stuart’s through mid-June.

For more information contact our office at 740-394-3011 or e-mail us at


Second Edition of Miners Registry Available

minerregistryWe have exceed 6,000 names in our Miners of the Little Cities Registry and are putting the final touches on the Second Edition of a printed version.  This edition features a sampling of pictures and quotes from miners.  Purchase price is $15 each.  To place your order contact the Little Cities office at 740-394-3011 or via e-mail at

In the mean time check the registry out on-line.  If you or a family member or descendant work or have worked in the coal mining industry in Hocking, Athens, Perry or Morgan Counties and don’t find your name in the registry, please download the registry form available on this web site and return as soon as possible.  We make regular updates to the on-line registry throughout the year.