The history of Mineral County could soon come alive if the Historical Society has
its way. Through various vignettes and displays, the Society hopes to present the history
of the county by sponsoring a museum.


The history of Mineral County could soon come alive if the Historical Society has
its way. Through various vignettes and displays, the Society hopes to present the history
of the county by sponsoring a museum.
According to Historical Society member, Dinah Courrier, they hope to have the
museum up and running by the end of this year or the beginning of 2018. Courrier and
her husband, James, have generously donated the building space for the museum,
located adjacent to her husband's dental practice.
The space is being painted now, with David Frederick doing most of that work,
although Courrier lends a helping hand when she can. She is also in the process of
writing grants to pay for a new security system and some display cases which will be
essential to getting the museum up and running.
The Historical Society is already collecting items for display in the museum.
Included in the items already in the collection are a band uniform from the community
band in the 1930's, an early campfire girls uniform, and a telegrapher's uniform.
Courrier also has several milk bottles and other memorabilia from the twenty or so
dairies that were once located in the area, including some from Staggs' Dairy, which was
owned and operated by Courrier's grandfather.
A collection of matchbook covers featuring political advertisements dating to the
1930's will also be on display in the museum. Donated by the Treutle family, the display
chronicles the history of politics in Mineral County.
The museum will also feature art work from Piedmont artist Charles Leslie
Thrasher. Thrasher was born in Piedmont in 1889 and was most widely known for his
cover art for Liberty Magazine. His work was also featured on the covers of Saturday
Evening Post and Collier's Magazine. He also did advertising art for Cream of Wheat,
Fisk Tires, and Spauding.
Courrier says she sometimes lies awake and imagines how the displays will look. She
would like to have memorabilia from all the high schools which were once located in the
county: Keyser and Frankfort High, which are currently operating, but also from Elk
Garden, Fort Ashby, Ridgley, Piedmont, and Howard High Schools.
Anyone who has items that they might wish to donate to the museum can contact
Dinah Courrier at 304-788-1450 or Cyndi Pyles at 301-707-7001. Items can be donated
or loaned for specific displays for a period of time.