As the 2019 WVAM Annual Conference approaches, our museums would like to highlight items in their collection that interpret West Virginia Military History. We would like to introduce our "Friday Finds!" Don't worry, our museums haven't misplaced anything, we just hope that readers "find" out something new!
This World War II-era photograph is included in the collection of the Watts Museum, located on the Evansdale Campus of West Virginia University. The photograph features what is likely a "duckbill"-style conveyor on a flatbed truck, along with several miners and soldiers. Probably part of a patriot parade in the Morgantown area in the 1940s, the banner across the front reads "The Pursglove Mine No.2 Local No.4427 is Duckbilling the Axis to Defeat!" Housed in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, the Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the social, cultural and technological history of West Virginia’s mineral resources and their related industries through the collection, preservation, research and exhibition of artifacts and archival materials.