Lecture on county’s mining history, Feb. 25

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The French Creek Mine, circa 1887, is just one part of the rich history of mining in Chester County. The Chadds Ford  Historical Society plans a lecture, Feb. 25, on this fascinating subject.

WEST CHESTER — To Celebrate the new “Mines and Minerals of Chester County” exhibit in the conference room of the Chadds Ford Historical Society, the organization kicks off the Spring Lecture Series this Tuesday, Feb. 25th at 7:30 p.m., with a lecture about mining operations in the county over the last few centuries.

Pennsylvania led the nation in the production of natural resources for 100 years- from 1820 to 1920- and the mines of Chester County played a huge part in that development.

Ron Sloto has worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in Exton for 40 years and has done extensive mineral collecting around the region. His book “The Mines and Minerals of Chester County” is a comprehensive review of not only the history of mining in this area (which dates back to before the American Revolution), but an interesting discussion of Chester County’s role in the Industrial Revolution.

All are invited to attend for what will likely be a fascinating discussion of our industrial and mining heritage here in the Brandywine Valley.

This event will be fun for the entire family — all ages are  welcome. Those attending should feel free to bring some rock and mineral specimens for identification and discussion.

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