Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Save the Date!
"The Freedom Mine, also known as the Captain Robert's Mine, was opened in 1910 and was a last ditch effort to mine iron ore in the North Freedom area. The mine succumbed to the same fate as the other mines in the area, ground water. The flooded mine is a perfect underwater time capsule today and is being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. Maritime archeologist Tamara Thomsen and archeologist Paul Reckner, both with the Wisconsin Historical Society, will discuss the mine at the SCHS Annual Banquet. Photo of archeology intern Leah Potts courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society.
October 29, 2019
Annual Banquet and Business Meeting
Diving Back into History!
When? October 29 6 pm
Where? Clarion Hotel Ballroom
What? Annual Banquet and Business Meeting
Menu: Rib-eye steak, chicken involtini, garden salad, cheesy au gratin potatoes, green beans almondine, rolls, dessert
Imagine a quintessential movie set of an iron ore mine complete with ore cart sitting on railroad tracks with a pick axe inside and a shovel and tallow candles nearby. Now fill that mine shaft with water as the miners escape with their lives leaving everything behind. The scene is frozen in time under water for over 100 years. Such a place exists in Sauk County and will be shared with our membership at the Society’s annual banquet and membership meeting.
The banquet and meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 29th at 6 pm in the Clarion Hotel Ballroom at 626 W. Pine Street in West Baraboo. A delicious fall meal will be prepared by Executive Chef Amber Giddings after which the Society will conduct its annual business meeting. The meeting will include election of board members, financial report and the year in review.
The keynote presentation of the evening will be given by Tamara Thomsen and Paul Reckner both with the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) on the underwater and terrestrial archeological work at the Freedom Mine near LaRue. Thomsen is a maritime archaeologist and has been with the WHS Maritime Preservation and Archaeology program for fifteen years. Her research has resulted in the nomination of fifty-six Great Lakes shipwrecks to the National Register of Historic Places. For her dedicated work, she has received awards from the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society, and in 2014, she was inducted into the Women Diver's Hall of Fame. Reckner is an archeologist and has been with WHS since 2006. While living in New York, he spent three years as a researcher on the Five Points-African Burial Ground Project, resulting in several published articles on the archaeology of nineteenth-century New York City. In 2009 he completed his PhD in Anthropology at Binghamton University.
The mines of the Baraboo Iron Range near North Freedom were first explored in 2008, starting with the Illinois Mine. In 2014 the Freedom Mine, also known as the Captain Roberts' Mine in La Rue was first explored and found to be incredibly intact. In November of 2017 Thomsen and Reckner, along with volunteers conducted survey work at the site both on land and underwater which has resulted in a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. Reckner’s work on land documented foundations and other evidence of the mine’s buildings and support structures and Thomsen’s efforts further documented the underwater mine shaft and side tunnels. Using underwater video footage, 3D computer imagery, photographs and maps Thomsen and Reckner will tell the story of the Freedom mine and how it provides a “rare opportunity to study the intricacies of early twentieth century iron mining, machinery, techniques and ingenuity.”
Don’t miss this incredibly fascinating evening. A reservation form for the banquet will be sent out to the membership in October however you can register anytime at the Society’s website.
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