Little Cities of Black Diamonds


At The Little Cities of Black Diamonds History Council, our goal is to keep alive the past, stories, and traditions of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Region and through our history, culture, and environment help enrich the future quality of life in the region.

Learn With Us

Our devoted regional historians enthusiastically share their knowledge of the Little Cities of Black Diamond Region. Below you will find a small sampling of their years of devoted work. If you don’t find what you are looking for here, ask an historian!

The Little Cities of Black Diamonds Region

A map and list of the Little Cities that make up the Black Diamond Region of Ohio.

History, Land, & People

Learn about our region's place in national, state, and local history.

LCBD Events

We host several history-centered events throughout the year for people of all ages.

The Little Cities Miner's Registry

The Registry is an effort of many years by historian Cheryl Blosser to gather and share the names and stories of all people in the Little Cities Region who have worked in coal mines. Today we have over 11, 00 names.

Big News


Find updates on our current events, archival finds, and more by following us on social media.

Help Us Continue to Share Ohio's History

Everyone on the Little Cities of Black Diamonds History Council is a volunteer.  We provide many services to our region, and we can do so because of the generosity of people like you.

All donations go toward continuing to share our history, updating our digital archive, and preserving our historic locations.

We are always looking for volunteers to help us with our research and preservation efforts and events. If you are interested in helping, sign up here.  

We currently need volunteers for:

  • Digital Archiving
  • Political Advocacy
  • Grant Writing
  • Tours
  • Events

If you are interested in joining the council, please contact us!

Payne's Crossing

Guided History Tours

We frequently host guided history tours of significant places in the Little Cities.

Archive Preservation & Research Assistance

We care for an extensive physical and digital archive of documents, images, & items.

Cheryl Blosser and Tyler McDaniel Present at Majestic Gallery

History Presentations, Lectures, and Events

We provide expert historians who travel to give presentations, we host history-related events, and host in person and digital lectures and round tables.

The Ward Building of New Straitsville, Ohio. An historic landmark of Ohio.

Historic Building Preservation

The LCBD council has been involved in the preservation of several historic properties and is currently raising funds to save the Ward Building in New Straitsville, Ohio.

The Black Diamond Blog

We are so lucky to have many regional history experts on our council. Check in here to see their latest publications on everything from moonshiners to brick makers.

Our Friends in Regional History

Our Sponsors

Years and Counting!

Thanks for Volunteering!

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