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Online slide show set

Allan Koski

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center presents: “Empire Mine and the Cascade Range” A Book Release Presentation with Allan Koski at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10.

This will be a live online presentation. An in-person book-signing will follow at the MRHC from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 13.

Mining engineer and local author Allan Koski will present an online slide show featuring his recent book release: “Empire Mine and the Cascade Range.” The book tells the story of life on the iron range through written voices, images and detailed events from 1844 to 2016, the idling of the Empire Mine.

Recently retired from Cleveland-Cliffs after a 44-year career primarily at the Empire Mine, Koski has authored numerous professional papers and published articles, including a previous book. Currently he serves as chair of the advisory board at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the seat representing Michigan’s Mineral Industry.

Wresting iron ore from the surrounding hills became tradition for generations of families like the author’s. Throughout its life, the Empire Mine symbolized the industriousness and determination of the people of northern Michigan.

The mine employed tens of thousands of miners during its life; few families were not touched by someone who worked at the mine. During his presentation, Koski will review the life span of the Empire Mine in the context of mining history on the Marquette Range, focusing on several important events that shaped the iron range.

The $5 fee to join supports the History Center.Register in advance for this webinar program: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nmY3AQC3SZe6e2mNGo3hhw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Marquette Regional History Center is located at 145 W. Spring St., Marquette. Its website is marquettehistory.org and its phone number is 906-226-3571.

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