FRANKLIN - Join us Sunday, Aug. 12, for our Quarterly Exhibit program “Railroads & Mining”, presented by Dick Rauniker, an avid railroad collector and member of the Heart of the Heartlands Railroad club.

Rauniker will be speaking on the importance of the railroads to the mines in this area and how their history is closely connected. Railroads were a prime customer of coal and also an essential element in transporting the "black diamonds" to market. They were also important in transporting the immigrant miners and families to Southeast Kansas. Without these important factors, coal mining here would never have reached the level it did.

Following the program, we welcome you to visit the third Quarterly Exhibit, “Railroads - Backbone of the Mining Industry,” hosted by Heart of the Heartlands.

Please let us know if you plan to attend by calling (620) 347-4220. Our doors open at 1:30 p.m., and the program begins at 2 p.m. The program is free to the public. Donations are appreciated.

The Quarterly Exhibit is open for viewing at Miners Hall Museum, 701 S. Broadway, Franklin, Kansas, July 2 through Sept. 27. The museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. Visit our Facebook page for more details and to stay up to date on current events – www.facebook.com/minershallmuseum/