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Coal in the Valley

Mining families, historians, students, teachers, industrial archaeologists and explorers immerse yourself into the Drumheller Valley and its coal history through photographs and stories of its mining people, domestic coal mines and the land.

Through the words of the Valley mining people, travel back to the early days when the Drumheller Valley was alive with activity: coal mines, underground miners, tipples, head frames, coal piles, steam locomotives, river ferries, soccer tournaments, baseball games, swimming in the river, dances, community dinners and miners and mining families from around the world.

This book's environmental portraits of old-time coal miners and their families were photographed by Lawrence Chrismas over a 30-year period and include some historical images.

This is Lawrence's fifth book about old time and contemporary coal miners. The release of this book is in part a tribute to the Drumheller Miner and the Centennial Celebration of mining in the Drumheller Valley. The book includes photographs from East Coulee, Lehigh, Cambria, Wayne, Aerial, Rosedale, Bankview, Drumheller, North Drumheller, Midlandvale, Newcastle and Nacmine.

Photographer, Lawrence Chrismas, who has been documenting coal miners and their families across Canada which he claims has been a sincere privilege to be able to interview and step into the lives of the old-time coal miners.

Read the official press release here


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