KCHS-Prehistoric Copper Metalworking Highlighting the Ancient Copper Pit at the Delaware Mine
21047 E Glen Haven Cir
Copper Harbor and vicinity, MI 48167 (906) 289-4221
Contact: Nancy Molloy
Phone: (906) 289-4221
Offered by Robin Hammer Mueller, Prehistoric Copper Researcher & Paul Schanen, Author of Patina, this Keweenaw County Historical Society - Adventures in History event will examine prehistoric copper mining at the Delaware mine. Long before modern mining, Native Americans were recovering and mining copper here, in what was the first use of metalworking by people in North America and possibly the entire world. By at least 8,000 years ago, a full-fledged copper industry existed in the western Lake Superior Region. This presentation will highlight the historic Delaware Copper Mine and its lesser-known but “Best in the U.P.” publicly viewable ancient copper pit. Ancient copper artifacts and hammerstones will be on hand for viewing. NOTE: Those attending will also be eligible for a tour of the Delaware mine following the presentation.