FRANKLIN — The area’s many coal camps are getting some recognition at the Miners Hall Museum’s second-quarter exhibit.
MHM has decided to feature a different Little Balkans coal camp during its second quarter every year. Director Jason Russell said the coal camp exhibits will focus on the different heritage of these towns, as well as their mining history.
MHM began its first coal camp exhibit Monday, which focuses on Mulberry.
“Mulberry is a great place to start,” Russell said. “Many people don’t know, but it was a bustling, large place, and it has a lot of rich history as one of the main coal producers in Crawford County.”
Current items on display feature plenty of Mulberry Tigers gear, along with photos, signs and goods from old stores and mining camps. MHM even has a broom from the Dungan Broom Company, which opened in Mulberry in 1930.
Russell said he encourages anyone with items they’d like to display to bring them by the Museum.
“Mulberry was an easy choice,” he said. “The town has a lot of alumni and residents who are very proud of where they came from and have plenty to share.”
The exhibit is hosted by Kathleen Stewart Henegar, who will be presenting a history of Mulberry in a special program on June 11. The exhibit will include two other programs, Mining around Mulberry on May 21, and Tiger Proud on April 23 — which will be presented by Chuck Broyles.
All the special programs take place at 2 p.m. and include refreshments.
The Mulberry exhibit will be open through June 24. The Miners Hall Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.