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Opera Houses, Labor Story Featured

LCBD Opera House Tour

Reserve Ticket(s) Now for Opera House Tour-Click Here!

The smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd live on in the historic opera houses of southeastern Ohio!  Curtain Up to Encore: The Revival of Yesteryear’s Opera Houses is a tw0-day guided tour that will feature the culture of Opera Houses in southeastern Ohio.

History and entertainment come together in this fascinating behind the scenes look at the beautiful and historic opera houses of of Nelsonville (Stuart’s Opera House), Shawnee (Tecumseh Theater) and McConnelsville (Twin City Opera House) that are nestled among the hills and winding roads of Southeast Ohio.  Read more….


LCBD-LaborsCrossroadsTourPostcardReserve Ticket(s) Now for Labor Crossroads Tour-Click Here!

In 1869, an Intersection of destinies in the historic coalfields of southeastern Ohio transformed  the face of organized labor and the lives of working men and women to this very day.
Travel the path of early labor pioneers from the canal and railroad eras with National Association of Interpretation Certified Guides Cheryl Blosser and Jeff Wunderly. Follow the story of immigrant laborers who are ready for change.  They settled the coal camps and fought for power over their own lives. Read More….


Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day
Mark Your Calendar for Sun., October 18

logoThis year’s Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day is set for Sunday, October 18 in Shawnee.  Theme for this year’s event is “Curtain Up to Encore!” celebrating the region’s rich opera house tradition.  This will be the 21st year for this popular event celebrating our heritage in the Hocking Valley Coal Fields.  Stay tuned for updates!


Print Edition of Miners Registry Available

minerregistryWe have exceed 6,000 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.