FRANKLIN — Miners Hall Museum will kick off its three-month celebration of mining history in southeast Kansas next week.

The exhibit opens at 10 a.m. Monday at Miners Hall Museum at 701 South Broadway Street in Franklin. Second quarter exhibits traditionally recognize the coal camps of the southeast Kansas coal fields, with Scammon being this year’s featured city.

Located in Cherokee County, Scammon is the home of the first deep shaft coal mine which was sunk in 1874. The display in the museum will present an overview of the town’s history and its mixture of cultures, particularly Irish and Italian.

“If people have anything that relates to Scammon or mining history for the rest of the museum or if they have anything they want to see in the display, they can contact the museum,” said Museum Operations Manager Kayelyn Polnack. “We would certainly love to feature that kind of stuff.”

Additionally, the museum will host three monthly programs during the quarter, each of which will begin at 2 p.m. at the museum. The first one, set for April 22, is called “The History of Scammon.” The second one, “Making Pasties,” will take place on May 6. Lastly, “Mining for the Central Coal and Coke Company” is set for May 6. Admission is free.

While stressing the importance of historical preservation and education, Polnack encouraged anyone to share artifacts, photos, or stories tied to the Scammon area.

“I’m a big fan of history and anyone who shows up will learn a lot about Cherokee and Crawford county,” Polnack said. “The more items we have in the exhibit, the more interesting it will be.”

 — Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at