Monday, February 21, 2011

"Discover Isle Royale" series continues at Portage Library with Feb. 23 presentation

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library continues to host "Discover Isle Royale," a series of monthly programs sponsored by the Isle Royale Institute and Isle Royale National Park.

From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, Seth DePasqual will present "Drilling for Hope: Exploration, Technology and the End of Copper Mining on Isle Royale." DePasqual will take participants on a visual journey into Isle Royale’s past to investigate the final attempts to extract mineral riches from this remote island. He will also describe how, starting at least 4000 years ago, people made the difficult passage to Isle Royale in search of copper.

DePasqual is the Cultural Resources Manager for Isle Royale National Park. Formally trained as an archaeologist, he has studied the past in locations across America and Norway. Citing the island’s rich inventory of prehistoric and historic endeavors, he considers Isle Royale to be a dream medium for archaeological research.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

Portage Library Closed for Presidents' Day

The Portage Lake District Library will be closed Monday, Feb. 21, in observance of Presidents' Day. However, the Gluten-Free Recipe Exchange program will meet as scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday. The Gluten-Free Recipe Exchange is open to all and everyone is invited. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

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