Little Cities of Black Diamonds

LITTLE CITIES OF
BLACK DIAMONDS FEST
2021:

From Whence We Came

A Virtual History Festival

A week of films, stories and lectures about migration
into the Little Cities of Black Diamonds region
from the first peoples to modern day. 
OCTOBER 4TH - OCTOBER 9TH

Schedule of Events

Monday, October 4 • “The First Settlers of Southeast Ohio” and “Underground Railroad of Southeast Ohio” Live Lectures by Ann Cramer
LIVE EVENT* @ 6PM

Join us for our local historian lectures series on Zoom.

Tuesday, October 5 • “Mother Nature and Geography” Lecture by Chris Wilson & Scott Moore

Chris Wilson and Scott Moore share the story of the economic boom that brought immigrants to the Little Cities. Join them to learn how the unique geography of this region built of the lime, clay, iron, coal, and cash crop industries of Southeast Ohio.

Wednesday, October 6 • “Knowing Rendville” Live Lecture by Janis Ivory
LIVE EVENT* @ 6PM

Janis Ivory shares  a short history of Rendville, Ohio.  She will spotlight the ethnic diversity that made Rendville unique within the Little Cities and the type of leadership created through the village’s creation of a cultural partnership. 

Thursday, October 7 • Historian Live Q&A
LIVE EVENT* @ 6PM

We will be live-streaming a Q&A with our Little Cities Historians. We are accepting questions for the Q&A until Thursday, October 7th at 12:00 PM.  Please send your history questions to:  info@lcbdohio.org.

Friday, October 8 • “The McNeils and the Sneddons” Three Part Documentary

The story of the McNeils and the Sneddon’s and the coal mining culture which informed their lives. In part 1 we cover their relationship to Scotland’s coal mining history from the late 18th century to the late 19th century.

Saturday, October 9 • Audio Personal Histories of the Little Cities and a LIVE* Story Swap Event

For our final night of the festival, we will be hosting a live Story Swap event.  All are welcome to come and share their own stories of how you or your family came to the Little Cities region with us.

+ Little Cities Raffle Winners @ 12 PM!

*Live events will be recorded and shared all week.

Little Cities Raffle

Put your name in the “hat” for our locally sourced raffle!  All items have been donated and proceeds this year will be going toward digital and physical archiving efforts.  The raffle drawing will be held on Saturday October 9th at 12:00 PM.

Raffle Tickets
  • 1 for $1.00
  • 12 for $10.00
  • 25 for $20.00
  • Books
  • Documentary DVDs
  • Poster Prints
  • Paintings
  • Quilts
  • Gift Sets
  • …and much more!

Raffle Prizes

Event Sponsorships

Welcome to Little Cities of Black Diamonds Fest! In lieu of this year’s Little Cities Day, we’ve put together a full lineup of virtual programs to celebrate the history and heritage of our region. This event, and everything else Little Cities does is only possible due to donations from people like you. If you like what you see, please consider donating or becoming a sponsor. 

Below you will see our sponsorship levels and incentives.   Business sponsors, please send us an email with your logo and contact info to info@lcbdohio.org so that we can add you to our sponsor list.

Business or Individual:
$100 Level
  • A place of pride for the year on our donors list on our new website.
  • Your logo (or name) will be on our event website.
  • 5 free raffle tickets.
Business or Individual:
$50 Level
  • Your logo (or name) will be on our event website.
  • 3 free raffle tickets.
Individual Only:
$25 Level
  • Your logo (or name) will be on our event website.
  • 1 free raffle ticket.

Event Sponsors

CHRISTINE BEAM

DR. TIFFANY ARNOLD

LUKE SULFRIDGE

JEFFREY J. HAGGENJOS DO INC.

BEVERLY & MIKE
TROVATO