CAMPBELL COUNTY ROCKPILE MUSEUM
WOMEN COAL MINERS OF THE POWDER RIVER BASIN
Tuesday, July 9th
Doors Open for Exhibit and Reception
Native Gillette Anthropologist
Dr. Jessica Smith Rolston
Campbell County Rockpile Museum
900 W. 2nd St.
On July 9th, the Campbell County Rockpile Museum is opening its newest exhibition titled Women Coal Miners of the Powder River Basin. Featuring the photographs of Colorado artist Annalise Shingler, this exhibit tells the story of a handful of women miners from Gillette and Campbell County. This display highlights some of the women miners that have made a life of digging coal. Some women are trailblazers that have worked for 30 or more years in mining while others are just beginning their careers. Others are from families with multiple generations working in the coal mines. With this exhibit the Rockpile Museum hopes to shed some light on the hard work and sacrifice that these miners make to support their families and provide energy for our state and our nation.
NATIVE GILLETTE ANTHROPOLOGIST TO SPEAK
Presentation by Dr. Jessica Smith Rolston
begins at 7:00 pm
Rolston, a native of Gillette, has her PhD in Anthropology and is currently completing a book titled Mining Coal and Undermining Gender: Rhythms of Work and Family in the American West. She will discuss the history of women’s participation in the northeastern Wyoming mining industry and their integration into a nontraditional workplace through kin-like social relationships. She will also discuss workplace egalitarianism, gendered patterns of communication, and the challenges women miners have managing both home and work responsibilities.
Dr. Jessica Smith Rolston can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her Curriculum Vitae can be found at http://inside.mines.edu/Jessica-Rolston.