Last updated: July 04. 2014 1:33PM - 932 Views
By Larry LaFollette SKCTC archivist



Photo submittedBetty Walters and Amanda Jackson with the new informational signage for the Kentucky Coal Museum.
Photo submittedBetty Walters and Amanda Jackson with the new informational signage for the Kentucky Coal Museum.
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‘When you hear the word coal what do you think of?’ That’s the theme for the newly created signage for the Kentucky Coal Museum.


For those who haven’t visited the Kentucky Coal Museum recently, there is now good reason to do so. With the assistance of a grant from the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Department for Energy Development and Independence, 25 new informational signs describing the content of the museum’s displays have been placed throughout the museum.


Upon entering the museum the first sign encountered describes the history of the Benham Commissary from the first wooden structure to the current brick structure that houses the Kentucky Coal Museum.


Each 22” x 29” sign containing photographs and text continue on to describe a particular exhibit or topic such as the location of the coal seams on Looney Ridge and Benham Spur, the Yancey Mine Disaster of 1932, the Lynch bath house, or mine rescue training and competition.


“It’s our hope that the addition of more descriptive signage will create a more informative and enjoyable experience for museum visitors,” according to Phyllis Sizemore, museum curator. “We are aware that many of our visitors are not able to be part of a guided tour by one of our volunteers. The new interpretive signage is designed to help those individuals have as enjoyable a museum visit as those who visit the museum as part of a guided tour.”


The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information on museum tours, special events or admission call 606-848-1530.

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