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Wonderlust Friday Forum – Mining in MT & West
February 14 @ 12:00pm
Presented in collaboration with One Book One Bozeman, the public is invited to take part in the next Wonderlust Friday Forum, set for February 14th in the Community Room. “Coal, Copper & Vermiculite: History & Future of Mining in Montana & the West” with Dale Martin will unfold from noon–1:30pm.
Martin will provide an overview of mining in Montana, the northern Rockies and Plains – its miners and their sense of identity and pride in their work; its mining communities and the boom-and-bust impact of mining on their economies; its contemporary issues and controversies; as well as examples of three mining projects in Montana past, present and future:
– the Libby mine with its asbestos-laced deposits of vermiculite
– the electric power generating coal mines at Colstrip
– the proposed Black Butte copper mine on a Smith River tributary
Martin is an adjunct professor of history at MSU and longtime Wonderlust presenter, teaching courses in the history of Montana, the First World War, 20th century Middle East, and technology. He is a mining and railroad historian of Montana and the West.
The monthly speaker series is sponsored by MSU Wonderlust, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Montana State University’s Extended University and hosted by the Library. It is open to the public. There is no fee to attend or registration needed. For more information, please visit http://montana.edu/wonderlust.