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Anthropology Alive At Buchtel St. Patrick’s Cemetery!  

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Have you ever considered being an anthropologist for a day?  Anthropologists examine humans and human culture in all their diversity.  The Appalachia Population History Project is a long term research project with the aim of examining local history and culture conducted by Dr. Nancy Tatarek and her students in the Anthropology program at the Ohio University College of Arts & Sciences.  Begun two years ago, the project combines archival, genealogy research and cemetery field studies to form a picture of local population history. The project has recently included focused attention on the health and medical records of coal miners and their families in the Little Cities of Black Diamonds community of Buchtel, located near Nelsonville in northern Athens County.
Visitors participating in Anthropology Alive! will learn how such research is conducted. The experience will begin at Ohio University in the Anthropology Department.  Participants will receive a brief training session focusing on the project and its research.  By afternoon you will become part of the research team! Assisted by Dr. Tatarek and her students, you will help locate the records and history of one of the historical families in the project.  After the classroom session, the group will move to St. Patrick’s Cemetery to connect the records with the stones found there.  Dr. Tatarek will also provide a short synopsis of some field research techniques.  Lunch and transportation is provided during this day long experience.  Purchase your tour ticket by clicking here!

Tickets can also be purchased by contacting the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council office at 740-394-3011 or via e-mail at
Bring drinking water, sturdy shoes & cameras.  Cemetery may not be accessible to physically challenged individuals and is not wheelchair accessible.   Building, room number and parking arrangements in Athens will be shared at time of registration.

Anthropology Alive


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!


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 2016

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