History Alive! – Mother Jones – Canaan Valley Resort
October 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Don’t miss this portrayal of Mother Jones at Canaan Valley Resort on October 10, 2023. Staged in the Willow/Elm Room at Canaan Valley Lodge, the program begins at 7:00 p.m. and is made possible by the West Virginia Humanities Council. There is no charge to attend. Everyone is welcome. This is a great evening program for history buffs, home schooled youth or for folks new to the area learning more of West Virginia’s history.
About Mother Jones:
The family of Mary Harris “Mother” Jones immigrated to the US from Ireland hoping to escape famine and unemployment. After marrying and moving to Memphis, a yellow fever epidemic killed her husband and all four of their children. The Great Chicago fire of 1871 destroyed her dress-making business. She spent the Rest of her life helping organize unions, especially among coal miners. She spoke at rallies throughout West Virginia supporting the United Mine Workers of America, and played an important role in strikes along the New River Gorge, Paint Creek and Cabin Creek, and during events before the Battle of Blair Mountain.
The portrayal of ‘Mother Jones’ is by Karen Vuranch of Fayetteville, WV.