Please join us for a Virtual Lecture on Wed, March 24 at 5 pm MST presented by Midwestern Regional Director Philip Millhouse.
“Native American Mining in the Upper Mississippi Valley: Industrial Production, Conflict and Dispossession Across the Lead Mining Frontier“
The impact of the fur trade on Native American culture has dominated frontier scholarship for over a century. Absent from many of these discussions is the critical role of Native American lead mining in the Upper Midwest. Here the Meskwaki and Ho-Chunk conducted mining operations on a truly industrial scale. As a stable resource, lead provided a substantial income as fur bearing populations diminished. The mines eventually drew thousands of prospectors and resulting tensions culminated in the Winnebago and Black Hawk Wars. This lecture will discuss Indigenous mining history in the upper Midwest and the subsequent treaties that began the rapacious process of extinguishing Native land claims prior to their forced removal and dispossession. Find out more.
This lecture series is sponsored by The Archaeological Conservancy and is free to members of the Conservancy and the general public.
Register at this LINK.