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19th Annual Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day

"Music of the Little Cities" is the theme for this popular annual event that explores and celebrates this boom-to-bust mining region (1870-1925) in southeastern Ohio that is now a destination for geotourists in search of history, culture and the beauty of Ohio's only national forest, the Wayne National Forest.  Best known for early coal mining and early labor unions, the communities of the Hocking Valley Coal Fields had a rich tradition of music as well.  Nearly every mining town of any size had at least one, if not more, opera houses.  Local bands, small orchestras and piano recitals were common place.  Shawnee's Historic District is a great place to celebrate this theme with two opera houses and a history of large parades, including playing host to the American Federation of Music's National Convention in the early 1900's.  A feature exhibit will share the history of music in the region and include guest speakers.

The event includes live music, speakers, food, a quilt show, artisan sales and a variety of historical, environmental and civic exhibits featuring regional history, nature and art.  Venues will be in various storefronts on Shawnee's Main Street.  

Arrive early for a guided hike on the Buckeye Trail/North Country National Scenic Trail at 9:30 a.m. departing from the Miner's Statue on West Main Street or a  guided walking tour of the historic district at 11AM. 

Southern Local Schools Campus
116 West Main Street

Shawnee, Ohio 43782

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Local Number: (740) 394-3011

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Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Special Hours: Early Bird Hike at 9:30AM and Guided Walking Tour of Historic District at 11AM


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Events Dates:

10/20/2013 - 10/20/2013



Little Cities of Black Diamonds

The mission of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council is to preserve, restore and share the history of the Hocking Valley Coal Coal Boom Era of Perry, Hocking, Athens and Morgan Counties, bringing it to life as an asset for modern day redevelopment.

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