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Our Mission Underground Miners is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, dedicated to preserving Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal mining heritage through a historical online archive, equipment restoration, and educational public events.

To achieve this mission, Underground Miners has three goals:
1. Create and maintain the largest archive of anthracite mining history, by both creating a website with searchable online information, as well as a more extensive archive with more in depth information. These will contain photos, drawings, maps, papers, and artifacts, all preserved through digitization.
2. Continue to preserve, restore, and grow a collection of rare anthracite mining artifacts and equipment. This includes everything from miner’s lamps to mine locomotives. Most significantly, the current collection includes the only operating locomotive from the northern coal field.
3. Educate the public through interactive events, creating excitement and interest in anthracite heritage. This includes private in-depth mine tours at the area’s tour mines, hands on open house events at the restoration shop, and public presentations throughout different coal region events.

Our History
Since 2002, the Underground Miners have grown from a small unknown group of friends with a passion for coal mining history, to a well-known organization in Northeast Pennsylvania specializing in anthracite history, artifact restoration, and public education. We have documented hundreds of old coal mine operations in the anthracite region of Pennsylvania. Driven to save photographs that best represent the mining industry and the work of the men involved, the team has compiled thousands of photographs since inception – many of them the only documentation existing of different operations. This ever-expanding archive is a treasure trove of insight for the public eye, bringing to light aspects of their ancestral history that have not been seen or thought of in, some cases, nearly a century.

As part of our educational public events, we give private excursions at local coal mine tours for enthusiasts looking for an in-depth experience. As part of these trips, we draw on our significant historical knowledge as well as innumerable experiences working underground in active mines. Our other area of expertise is historic mine equipment preservation and restoration. The Underground Miners team has actively recovered many pieces of antique mining equipment, for the intent of restoration and 'hands on' display to the public. We open our shop to the public so they can see and touch the equipment as it was used nearly one hundred years ago. These pieces are not in glass in a museum, we have them out to run just like they were meant to be. Additionally, some of the equipment we have restored has been loaned out or donated to local mine tour organizations.

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