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Appalachian Spring 2015 LogoVictorian Brain Architecture Opens
13th Annual Appalachian Spring

The 13th Annual Little Cities Appalachian Spring festivities will kick off this Thursday evening, April 23 in Shawnee with the public opening of regional artist Geoff Schenkel’s Victorian Brain Architecture installation at the Tecumseh Commons at 116 West Main Street. The installation opens at 5pm and is scheduled in conjunction with a potluck supper at 6pm and an interpretive program featuring the artist at 7pm. The event also marks the 20th Anniversary of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council, sponsor of the Appalachian Spring event. The event is free and open to the public.  (click to read more…)

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A glance at the detailing of Schenkel’s Victorian Brain


13th Annual Appalachian Spring
Cantilever Theater Dew Hotel
Agents of Change @ Final Friday

The second story porch on Nelsonville’s Historic Dew Hotel will serve as the stage for Agents of Change, a one-hour theatrical presentation at this month’s Nelsonville Final Friday.  The show, directed by Dayton Willison and featuring Little Cities of Black Diamonds living history characters, shares key elements of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds role in state and national history.  Showtime is 7pm, Friday, April 24 from Nelsonville’s Public Square.  No admission is charged.  Slice of Little Cities Council’s famous homemade pies, and Little Cities books and souvenirs will be on sell under the porch, beginning at 6pm.  (Click here to read more….)

DewHouse The second story porch of the Dew House Hotel in Nelsonville will serve as the stage for Agents of Change this Friday evening, April 24.


13th Annual Appalachian Spring
Tour de Forest Benefit Bicycle Ride

tourdeforestsquaresimple2015Take to area roads or the Adena Hock-Hocking Bikeway to celebrate spring and support the environmental and heritage education activities of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council and Little Cities of the Forest Collaborative.  The 10th Annual Little Cities Tour de Forest Benefit Bicycle Ride is set for Saturday morning,  May 2 with departures from Nelsonville’s Public Square beginning at 7AM.   The non-competitive road and/or gravel ride is part of this year’s 13th Annual Little Cities Appalachian Spring celebration in the Athens County community of Nelsonville, the crossroads of the Hocking Valley Coal Boom Era (1870-1930) that created dozens of “Little Cities of Black Diamonds.” (click here to read more…)

BicyclistsA bicycle built for two on the Hock-Hocking Adena Bikeway during a previous Tour de Forest event.


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.