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Celebrate Earth Science Week 2003 at the Weis

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Celebrate “Earth Science Week” at the Weis Earth Science Museum (WESM) on October 11 with an exhibit and presentation about Michigan’s Copper Country. “Earth Science Week” is a national event sponsored annually by the American Geological Institute and its member societies during the second week of October.

At 1:00 p.m. in room #1338 on the Menasha campus, mining historian Gary Richards is presenting an hour’s worth of rousing recollections about a nineteenth-century mining family in Michigan’s Copper Country. Dressed in the mine captain uniform belonging to his great-grandfather, Richards follows his family’s journey from the mines of Cornwall, England, through its work with the Underground Railroad during the Civil War, to its labors in the underground copper mines of Michigan.

Richards’s well-illustrated presentation tells the story of the mines. Even more so, he details the story of the miners and their families, who existed on hope and humor.

Following Richards's presentation, refreshments are being provided at the WESM, in conjunction with the same-day opening of a temporary exhibit on Michigan’s Copper Country from the Richards’ collection.

In addition to magnificent mineral specimens from the world-famous Michigan copper mines, the exhibit includes memorabilia and mining artifacts documenting the heyday of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The exhibit, curated by guests Gary and Terri Richards, is scheduled to run through December in the WESM’s temporary gallery.

The October 11 lecture and temporary exhibit are sponsored by the Weis Earth Science Museum at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, 1478 Midway Rd., Menasha.

Posted 10/9/2003