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21st Annual
Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day
Sunday, October 18 • Shawnee
See Schedule Here

This Curtain Up To Encore Exhibit Panelyear’s Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day is set for Sunday, October 18 in downtown Shawnee, Ohio.  This year’s event theme, Curtain Up For Encore: The Opera Houses of the Little Cities will celebrate the region’s rich opera house tradition via speakers, live performance and an informative exhibit.  A full line up of children’s activities, exhibits, vendors and good food is on tap for this popular event that celebrates the heritage in the Hocking Valley Coal Fields of southeastern Ohio.  The Ohio University Graduate String Quartet, theater historians William Condee and Michael Hurwitz, and the annual Southern Perry County Quilt Show highlight the afternoon schedule.  The Ohio’s Clayway Exhibit will include live demonstrations by area potters and ceramists.    monahans opera house corningA full array of children’s activities are planned, including annual favorite Professor Bubbles.  Event hours are Noon-5PM, but show up early at 10AM for a guided family hike on the Buckeye Trail/North Country National Scenic Trail.  Please click here for Sunday’s hour-by-hour schedule of activities highlighted by an Old Tyme Opera House Review stage show scheduled in the upstairs opera house space in the Tecumseh Theater.



Registration Open for
Labor’s Crossroad’s Tour
Saturday, November 7

LCBD-LaborsCrossroadsTourPostcard11.7.15Reserve 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….


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. 


Black Diamond Press 2015

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