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Rocks to Riches Historical Project

June 15, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join the Mineral King Preservation Society (MKPS) on June 15 and June 17 as we lead up to the unveiling of a new outdoor mining exhibit at the Three Rivers Historical Museum. In June 2018, the MKPS received a circa 1870 relic of our industrial mining past on loan from Sequoia and Kings Canyon Nation Parks (SEKI). This relic, an iron water jacket used in at least two silver smelters, will become the focal point of a new outdoor exhibit. The New England Tunnel and Smelting Co. exhibit project has included preservation of this artifact; development and installation of an outdoor display that will identify the water jacket as a significant artifact and inform the public about its history and its technological and cultural context; and involvement of the public in the relic’s preservation process.

On Thursday, June 15, we’ll have experts, goodies, and interactive activities on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A local historical archaeologist and friends will be hosting family-friendly activities that tell the story of Mineral King’s ores and the stinky, poisonous, sweltering, and dangerous process employed to convert the ore into the stuff of dreams. At 11 a.m., there will be a presentation by a preservationist from the National Park Service introducing the artifact and preservation process.


June 15, 2023
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Three Rivers Historical Museum
42268 Sierra Hwy
Three Rivers, CA 93271 United States
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