the art of storytelling

Fred 'Powerhouse' Powers, a retired educator, former UMWA coal-miner, author and renowned storyteller, has been performing his one-man drama for various audiences since 2005.


Powers has given a voice and a face to the stories of miners and their place in our nation's history. His fervent hope is to convey an understanding of the dangers of underground coal mining and the Appalachian culture. 


Bluefield Daily Telegraph


Bramwell hosts history program for local students 

March 7, 2018

Retired coal miner, Fred Powers, delivers a living history lesson to local children at the Bramwell Train Depot Tuesday. The lesson about the town of Bramwell and the history of coal mining in the area was a partnership between the Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the town of Bramwell.

Staff photo by Eric DiNovo


Princeton Times 


Familiar Face: Fred 'Powerhouse' Powers draws on power of storytelling to bring coal mining history to life

August 26, 2016

BRUSHFORK — The coal miner reenactment performance of Fred "Powerhouse" Powers began with complete darkness, just like inside the depths of a mine. 

Staff photo by Jeanie Brown 


Bluefield Daily Telegraph


Princeton celebrates West Virginia day 

June 21, 2015

PRINCETON - Retired miner and storyteller Fred Powers, shows how he would pack a traditional miner's lunch pail at the Princeton Railroad Museum. The museum was crowded with people celebrating West Virginia day with a wide array of displays and vendors. 

Celebrating West Virginia Day 

a repository of west virginia history

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Fred Powers is available to perform at schools, special events, and assemblies.  
Book him today for your next event. 


Powerhouse Powers

​Tel: 304-920-5436

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