CSNJ March Meeting

Next Meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 18, 2016
 7:30 p.m. – Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.
In addition to this evening presentation, CSNJ member Deb Wefferling
will prepare a light supper. Deb’s culinary skills are renowned, so please come
early and enjoy food and friendly conversation before the meeting.

Morris County Cultural Center

Pennsylvania Coal Mining
Exploring Historic Coal Mine Sites

Mike & Greg Hetman

    Throughout the 19th century the anthracite canals of New Jersey and Pennsylvania transported millions of tons of coal from mines to developing markets, turning coastal cities into manufacturing centers. For many years, coal was king, and factories needed a constant supply to keep their wheels turning. Mining coal became a major industry: places like Scranton and Hazleton, PA grew from patch towns into thriving cities. Although coal mining is no longer an important part of the local economy, abandoned mine sites are found wherever this industry once flourished. These sites are often ignored and almost never adequately researched and recorded. The speakers are avid explorers of historic mines and their program will be an all-new presentation centered on coal mining
and mining artifacts. Come join us and share their adventures.


Mike & Greg Hetman are serious mine explorers and experts on all aspects of coal and iron mining. They have investigated and photographed numerous historic mines in northern New Jersey, southern New York State, and northeastern Pennsylvania. Mike is a web site designer and musician; Greg is a computer network administrator.

Directions to the Morris County Cultural Center

From the Morristown Green, turn right onto Washington St (County Route 510, formerly NJ Route 24). Travel 3.5 miles west toward Chester. Pass the roads to the Delbarton School and Lewis Morris County Park on the left. After the curve and long white picket fence, look for a sign for the MUA on the right, pointing toward the driveway, which is marked by a street light and lighted directional sign. Make a sharp left turn and drive uphill to a Spanish-style stucco building at the top. Parking is in the lot to the left at the top of the hill. Once inside the main entrance hall of the Cultural Center, the auditorium is to the left. Restrooms are upstairs, with elevator access.

From Route 287 South, take Exit 35, Madison Ave. Turn right at the top of the ramp onto Madison Ave (Route 124). Bear right at the next light onto South Street, continue straight through a series of traffic lights and around the Morristown Green. Turn right onto Washington St. (County Route 510, formerly Route 24). Continue as described above.

From Route 287 North, take Exit 35, South Street/Madison Ave. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto South St, continue straight through several lights and travel around the Morristown Green. Turn right onto Washington St, (County Route 510, formerly Route 24). Continue as described above.