A chance finding at the Atlas Coal Mine has sparked an idea for an awesome party next month.

Dr. Sarah Newstead, the Executive Director of the Atlas Coal Mine, is planning an event to coincide with the mine's 30th anniversary as a heritage site.

"Our site is 30 years old this year as a heritage site. So, we actually started in 1987, we've got some documents recording this, that we found this year," revealed Newstead.

The event is one part homecoming party, one part public display.

"We're celebrating 30 years of the heritage site on Oct. 7 and it's going to be called 'Atlas Retro Homecoming Day'. We're inviting all our former staff to reminisce about working here. In the afternoon from 12-5 we're opening up the site to the general public as a thank you."

Visitors will feel like they've gone back in time in the afternoon. Admission fees will be the low 1990's price of $2.00.

"We know we've got lots of community members that have seen the site years and years ago but haven't necessarily come more recently," explained Newstead. "And, of course, we've been doing huge amounts of conservation work on the site to preserve it for future generations."

This year, the Atlas Coal Mine expects to post its highest or second-highest year on record, thanks to an above-average number of visitors in August.

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