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OBOB - Wonderlust Friday Forum

Community Room

Wonderlust Friday Forum

Friday, February 14 from 12:00 -1:30 PM

Coal, Copper, and Vermiculite: History and Future of Mining in Montana and the West

Dale Martin will provide an overview of mining in Montana and the northern Rockies and Plains—its miners and their sense of identity and pride in their work; its mining communities and the boom-and-bust impact of mining on their economies; its contemporary issues and controversies; and examples of three mining projects in Montana past, present, and future:

  •      the Libby mine with its asbestos-laced deposits of vermiculite
  •      the electric power generating coal mines at Colstrip
  •      the proposed Black Butte copper mine on a Smith River tributary

Dale welcomes a lively Q&A.

Dale Martin is an adjunct professor of history at MSU and longtime Wonderlust presenter, teaching courses in the history of Montana, the First World War, 20th century Middle East, and technology.  He is a mining and railroad historian of Montana and the West.

This Friday Forum is presented in collaboration with the Bozeman Library Foundation’s One Book One Bozeman.  This year’s selection is The Weight of an Infinite Sky, by Montana author Carrie La Seur.  Want to learn more about One Book One Bozeman? Visit our OBOB page.


Free. No registration required. We hope you will join us! 

Friday Forum is a monthly speaker series sponsored by MSU Wonderlust, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Montana State University's Extended University and hosted by the Bozeman Public Library. It is free and is open to the public. Brown bag lunches are encouraged. Coffee and tea are provided.

2nd Friday of the Month, September–May
Noon to 1:30 PM

For more information, please call (406) 582-2410, or visit

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