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Life Underground: Work in Michigan's Historic Copper Mines

Thursday, August 06, 2015

7 pm

Grand Rapids Public Library, Main Library

111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids MI 49503

So just what is the difference between a timberman and a lander? Michigan has a long history of underground mining. Thousands flocked to Michigan's “Copper Country” for paying work in its copper mines, and today people still visit the Keweenaw Peninsula to explore the area's rich copper mining heritage. Join us for this illustrated presentation by Erik Nordberg, former archivist at Michigan Technological University. Explore the variety of work men did in the underground world—everything from drilling and mucking to tramming and hoisting. A Dagwood sandwich and a pop tart help to explain local geology and the way it affected the life of the Keweenaw's mine workers.

Event Type: Lectures 

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