Thursday, February 23, 2012

Carnegie Museum to host presentation on Isle Royale historic mines Feb. 23

HOUGHTON -- Like the Keweenaw Peninsula, Isle Royale was once home to mining companies searching for deposits of pure, elemental copper. Join Seth DePasqual, cultural resource manager at Isle Royale National Park, as he shares this rich history and the challenges faced by those willing enough to mine on this remote island.

This event will be held at 7 p.m. TONIGHT, Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Carnegie Museum, located at 105 Huron Street in Houghton.

DePasqual has spent several years studying and documenting historic mines in the Keweenaw and on Isle Royale. Learning about these mines, the people who once worked and lived at them, and the technology they used to extract ore, helps the park preserve and interpret their history to visitors. It also provides a more complete understanding of the history of native copper mining throughout the Keweenaw.

For more information, including specific directions to the event, please call Keweenaw National Historical Park at 906/337-3168 or visit www.nps.gov/kewe.

The Fourth Thursday in History series arranges public presentations on important aspects of Copper Country and regional history, including techniques for historic preservation. Presentations are scheduled in venues throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula, particularly at historic sites associated with specific topics. They are free and open to the public.

This program will be held downstairs in the Carnegie Museum's Community Room. Both upper and lower entrances will be open at 6:45 p.m. Parking is available in the rear of the building or in the City lot across Montezuma Avenue. For more information, email history@cityofhoughton.com or call 482-7140.

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