ELK GARDEN -- July marks a new beginning in Elk Garden with the establishment of a Miners' Museum.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
ELK GARDEN -- July marks a new beginning in Elk Garden with the establishment of a Miners’ Museum.
The Elk Garden Mayor and Council approved the museum to be set up in the town hall as displays are received as part of the West Virginia Energy Expo set for Sept. 15.
“I think that we will get a lot more than you think,” said mayor Marian Droppleman of the donations and the importance of recording the history of the items.
She suggested that it would be good to bring students from the Elk Garden School to visit the exhibit.
“History dies with people if you don’t capture it,” said John Lecky of the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, which is promoting the expo as part of their 21 events throughout the county.
The town is looking for items from local mining life, including books, photographs and any stories that residents would like to share.
Residents with items that they would like to donate for the display or who would like to bring items to display for the expo are urged to contact Droppleman at 304-813-3450.
In addition to showcasing mining, the energy expo will also include timber, natural gas, oil and wind power.