NEGUANEE– Things got a little pre–historic at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum today.
Mining has always been a big part of the Upper Peninsula, even back 6000 years. That was a part of the lecture from museum guest speaker Seth DePasqual, who researches the lives of these early copper miners.
The speaker was a part of the Afternoons at the Museum Lecture Series and this week was all about the first inhabitants of Royal Isle.
“We’re always curious about what happened on the Island prior to us showing up, prior to it becoming a national park,” DePasqual said, “and this survey has given us an opportunity to learn about those earliest island users, how they used the Island, how they connected to the mainland, because these are the same people coming from the North shore and just getting a glimpse of what life was like.”
There are 2 more Tuesdays to catch a lecture for Afternoons at the Museum. The next lecture will be on the environmental history of the U.P.