As part of our RV trip out east, our family including my parents (in their 70's) went through the Miners museum in July 2012. My mothers father had died in a mining accident when she was 3 (in a quebec mine), but we felt it important for our 3 children (and my husband and I) to see the mine.
We went on the tour with retired miner "Wishy", it was amazing. My entire family was touched by the experience. I had no idea then entire city of Glace Bay is undermined and to actually go into the mine was amazing. It was the heart of the story, through Wishy's eyes and his experieces that changed us forever. There is a sense of sadness, bravery, and awe at what people endured and accomplished. There was definitely a feeling of poverty and I feel that the museum needs money to be updated. To hear that there are companies willing to set up again, and repoen the coal industry in Canada but that they are continually shot down by Government agencies and environmental groups, and we continue to import coal from other countries that do not adhere to safety and environmental standards and many of our own countrymen cold be employed was frustrating and heart breaking. This is an education people need, our children need to hear these stories now - while retired miners like Wishy are still hear to tell the stories. I wish I could have see the Men of the Deep singers, but we missed them, I bought their CD and it is amazing. Please go and support this museum.
My father- had trouble with his wheelchair in the tour- so he just did part of it.
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