The Museum

Areas of The Museum

The THEATER in the museum seats 40 where videos of John L. Lewis, coal mining, 

Labor and related topics can be viewed. Meetings for a fee may also be held there. 

In the COAL MINING area is the 1911 Patent and original blueprints with instructions 

for the carbide light along with photos. United Mine Workers memorabilia and photos, 

along with antique and some modern coal mining equipment, tools and documents 

pertaining to coal mining are displayed.

In the MEMORIAL area is a life size bronze, statue of John L. Lewis along with some 

personal photos, letters, documents and memorabilia of John L. Lewis.

In the LABOR area are photos, speeches, letters and memorabilia pertaining to John 

L. Lewis' association with the Presidents of the United States, United Mine Workers 

of America, United Rubber Workers of America, United Steel Workers of America, 

United Auto Workers of America, and many additional organizations.

There is also a CARTOON GALLERY portraying John L. Lewis with many Presidents and people. 

Displayed in the OLD LUCAS area are photos and memorabilia from the era that John 

L. Lewis was a resident during his coal mining days.

The LIBRARY contains many photos, books and documents on the subject of John 

L. Lewis, coal mining, labor, Lucas history and families. The Lucas history includes 

coal mining, city and school records and family genealogy. 

Open - April 15 through October 15 - Monday - Saturday - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Located 2 Blocks North of Highway Junction 34 & 65 in Lucas, Iowa. 

Group tours by appointment year around. Closed Sundays & Holidays 

ADMISSION $2.00, Students 11-Older $1.00, 10-Under Free 


The museum is accessible to the handicapped, with heating, air conditioning & restrooms.


Video Of the Areas In The Museum

If you have time, here is a great video of the John L. Lewis Museum. This shows you just a little bit of the things we have.