Past Event

Down in the Mine: American Coal Miners and Their Songs, 1890-1960

A Road Scholar Program by Bucky Halker

Bucky and Andy Dee – Chur, Switzerland 2009 Tour
Bucky and Andy Dee performing in Chur, Switzerland 2009 from

Coal miners in Illinois and the rest of the U. S. have a long tradition of writing poetry and music related to their occupation and this program brings that tradition to the forefront.

Down in the Mine combines music performance (guitar and vocal) and commentary. The presentation features songs by coal miners, including Illinois miners.

The commentary places this important folk tradition in historical context and offers details on coal mining, mining accidents, labor struggles, coal-miner bards and songwriters, early country music, and individual songs.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Ray Gates, Museum Coordinator & Jodi Heberling, Board President at

Christian County Historical Society and Museum COVID-19 Policy

The CCHS follows recommendations of Christian County Health Department & we change our Covid 19 precautions & mitigation strategies as dictated by the Department. Our primary mitigation strategy is, this event is outdoors. The only time participants will be indoors is when they are touring our historical buildings and using the accessible restroom in our office building. If our health department is requiring masks indoors at that time, then so will we. We will sanitize surfaces & post signs.

Learn more about Bucky Halker, this program, and how to book it.