Show to share Mine Wars stories

Everyone is welcome to experience the history of America’s largest labor uprising through the Blair Pathways Mine Wars presentation this Friday at the Buckey House, 10 Main St. in Beverly.

“Songs and Stories of the West Virginia Mine Wars,” presented by Saro Lynch-Thomason, uses narrative, historic song and more than 150 images to tell the dramatic story of the struggle for coal miners’ rights in the early 20th century.

The show is set for 7:30 p.m. at Deb Farrell’s beautiful 18th-century home. There is an admission fee.

“Songs and Stories of the West Virginia Mine Wars” takes the audience on a journey through the history of central Appalachia’s major labor wars. Singer and writer Saro Lynch-Thomason uses eyewitness recollections alongside powerful historic imagery and songs to tell the story of these oft-ignored yet impactful coal-field struggles.

The show will run 50 minutes, with time afterward for questions from the audience.

This show was borne out of research conducted by Saro as producer of Blair Pathways, a music CD project. The CD presents a series of historic music pieces covered by contemporary musicians, which take the listener step-by-step through the main events and themes of the West Virginia Mine Wars. CDs will be available for sale at the event, and more information on the project can be found at