RHGS Program: Salt in Michigan: More than Just a Mine

Event Type: RHGS
Date: 2/19/2019
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:00 PM
 The lower peninsula of Michigan sits atop one of North America's largest saline basins and salt production has been a vital component of the state's industrial and economic history for more than 150 years. Early brine evaporation processes successfully utilized waste products from lumber production, providing an important secondary industry in mill towns from Bay City to Manistee. Rock salt was discovered in the Detroit area in 1895 and has been mined in its solid, crystalline form for winter road deicing since 1910. While the story of Detroit's underground mine is an important part of Michigan's salt legacy, dozens of other towns around state have played important roles in salt production.

Erik Nordberg earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Heritage and Archaeology from Michigan Technological University in 2017. He is an archivist and librarian by training, having completed a master's degree in library science at Wayne State University. His archival work includes positions at Indiana University South Bend, Michigan Technological University and the Reuther Library at Wayne State, where he recently accepted an interim appointment as Assistant Dean for University Libraries. He is past president of the Mining History Association, incoming American vice president of the Algonquin Club, and has broad interest in the history of Michigan.

Location: Erin Auditorium
Presenter: Erik Nordberg