ELK GARDEN – “There were a lot of little mines around here,” said Elk Garden mayor Marian Droppleman recently, as the town makes plans to celebrate its rich heritage with an Energy Expo on Saturday, Sept. 15.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
ELK GARDEN – “There were a lot of little mines around here,” said Elk Garden mayor Marian Droppleman recently, as the town makes plans to celebrate its rich heritage with an Energy Expo on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Donations are being collected at the town hall for a Miners’ Museum and others are looking to bring items and to share about their history during the expo.
A planning meeting has been set for 7 p.m. Aug. 15 for those who would like to be involved with the museum and the expo, which is featuring all energy sources including wood, coal, wind and gas.
Donated items do not have to be just from Elk Garden, as in coordination with the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce they are looking to pull from all over the county.
“We want kids to understand the heritage of mining for West Virginia and the nation,” said John Lecky of the Chamber of Commerce, noting that West Virginia is fourth in the nation in all energy production.
“There’s no better place than here to start it,” he said.
“I think it’s a good thing for the kids in this community,” added Droppleman, noting those who have lost their lives in the mines. “We should keep their memory alive.”
Set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the expo is looking to feature interactive displays, informational handouts and a glimpse into the life of a miner from what they ate to the tools they used.
Energy producers throughout the region are also being asked to participate, including Dominion Energy and First Energy.
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 or Lecky at 304-790-0947.
In other business, the council is looking into the state purchasing card program and will be seeking bids for the construction of a three bay garage to house town equipment.