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Mines to be part of museum exhibit

MINEVILLE The mining history of Mineville and Moriah will be included in a new exhibit at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. Mining in the Adirondacks was labor-intensive, dangerous work, said Katherine Moore of the museum. More than 250 mines and ore processing sites have operated over time in the region, extracting 11 different minerals. Ores from the Adirondacks fed a national hunger for iron as the country expanded in the late 1800s. Mining is a major Adirondack story. The exhibit, Mining in the Adirondacks, will open to visitors in 2011. The new, interactive exhibition will tell stories of people and the communities that grew around mines and forges. As plans progress, the museum has formed a regional advisory committee. The group will serve as a sounding board for curators and educators as they develop exhibit components and related programs. The Adirondack Museum will combine superb artifact collections, historic photographs, and oral histories with contemporary exhibit techniques to provide an engaging experience in the new exhibition, moore said. Visitors will discover a time when elevators, ore cars, and tailing piles dominated village landscapes, and the ebb and flow of a transient population of immigrant workers, work shifts, and company-sponsored social activities set the rhythm of life in mining towns. The exhibit will also confront the environmental consequences of the mining industry as well as subsequent land reclamation projects. The Adirondack Museum tells the story of the Adirondacks through exhibits, special events, classes for schools and hands-on activities for visitors of all ages. For information about the museum call 352-7311, or visit online www.adirondackmuseum.org

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