On Saturday, October 1st, the Ontonagon Township Library will hold an after-hours event focusing on local geology and mining history under the title "Treasures of the Upper Peninsula". This will mark the library's third such event in as many years, but an exciting new twist has been added to the format of this year's program.


The two previous years focused on small "rock swap" style events, wherein local collectors would have specimens and artifacts on display and for sale. This year's event will commence at 3:00 PM with a special presentation by author-historian Dan Fountain (Michigan Gold & Silver: Mining in the Upper Peninsula).


Fountain's book focuses largely on gold mining efforts in the central U.P. and silver mining operations right here in Ontonagon County. We expect it will be a great presentation for enthusiasts of rock collecting and local history alike.

Those hoping for another rock swap are also in luck. The browse/trade/buy element of the event has been retained, and will be held immediately following Fountain's presentation. Agates, copper, silver, datolite and other minerals from the U.P. and around the world will all be on hand. Signed copies of Michigan Gold & Silver will also be available from the author.

If anyone is interested in checking out Michigan Gold & Silver prior to the event, it can be found in the township library in the Michigan collection, under the call number "977.4 FOU".

The event is free to attend, and registration is not necessary.