Jack Feller Coalfields History and Culture Information Center, which sits in front of the Mullens Opportunity Center, was dedicated on October 22, 2011. Reece Neely made the surprise announcement at the Celebration of Volunteers and Supporters of Community Enhancement of Southern West Virginia luncheon at the MOC. The gathering was in recognition of National Make a Difference Day that acknowledges people that give their time to help others and improve society. The Jack Feller Center is a Mini Museum/Tourist Information Center that will give tourists or visitors directions to places of interest along the Coal Heritage Trail. The Center is presently under construction headed up by Gary Runion and his team of local volunteers and an AmeriCorps NCCC team from Vicksburg, MS. Funding for materials for the center was arranged by Senator Browning, who was present at the luncheon. No money will be spent for labor constructing or furnishing the building.
The proclamation presented at the meeting stated—In the presence of this group, assembled to observe National Make a Difference Day in 2011, The Mini Museum/Tourist Information Center, presently located at 300 Front Street in Mullens, WV is dedicated to the families that have came before us to establish our southern West Virginia coalfield culture. Embedded in this little icon of early railroading is the spirit of the coalminer, railroader, sawmiller, businessman and woman, public servant, and all others that have built this place many of us call home.
Jack is a lifelong resident of Mullens has written six books that record the history of Mullens. He has also been very active in civic responsibility and continues supporting community enhancement in Wyoming County. In his remarks Senator Browning acknowledged working with Jack for many years in service organizations and other circumstances that were aimed at building communities in the coalfields. Those present at the event gave Jack a standing ovation that strongly supported the choice of the committee that named the Jack Feller Center.
The Jack Feller Center is an initiative of the Rural Appalachian Improvement League, Inc. that is planning toward the time when the Coalfields Expressway reaches Mullens and is only 20 minutes from I 77 & I 64. The coalfields is home for a hardworking and entrepreneurial society that can develop a crafting, specialty farming, country cooking, hunting and fishing, as well as many other creative ways to build a business. The Jack Feller Center will be the first stop in finding these places of business.
Books by John W. "Jack" Feller
Memories and Photos of Mullens, West Virginia 1894 - 1946 5 Volumes
This is a wonderful five volume set packed full of photos, stories and memories of Mullens, West Virginia. Jack has lived in Mullens since 1925 and collected more than 500 photographs, newspaper articles, personal interviews, historical records and other documents for this work.
Volume 1. 1894-1925
Volume 2. 1926-1931
Volume 3. 1932-1936
Volume 4. 1937-1941
Volume 5. 1942-1946
Contact Mr. Feller for more information:
John W. "Jack" Feller
P.O. Box 295
Mullens, WV 25882
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