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Membership Matters!

insidearchive'Don’t forget to become a member or renew your Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council Membership for 2016.  Membership keeps our annual calendar of events, archive and tour services alive!  Call us at 740-394-3011 or e-mail us at to to join via phone or receive a membership card.  Individual/Family memberships are $20, Business/Organization membership are $35 and Supporting memberships are $100.  Send checks or money order to Little Cities of Black Diamonds; P. O. Box 128; Shawnee, Ohio  43782.  We thank you in advance for your support!


11th Annual Tour de Forest

TDF Logo - CopyBicycles benefit history!  Join us for the 11th Annual Tour de Forest Benefit Bicycle Ride on Saturday, May 14 beginning and ending at Hocking College in Nelsonville.  The event benefits the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council and its heritage and environmental education efforts in the microregion.  Various routes (road, gravel, bike path) take riders through the beautiful landscape of our microregion which is home to the Wayne National Forest.  Team registration is available for the first time this year, as is access to the Student Center at Hocking College where riders and their families can also enjoy the climbing wall, indoor pool and disc golf.  A souvenir t-shirt is included with registration.  A complimentary lunch is also served.  To register visit


Print Edition of Miners Registry Available

minerregistryWe have exceed 7,000 names in our Miners of the Little Cities Registry and the Second Edition is now available in 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. 


Black Diamond Press 2015

Read the full version of this year’s Black Diamond Press by clicking here.