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Red Mountain Park captures stories, pictures of mining past

April 8, 2010

The future of Red Mountain Park is firmly rooted in the people and places that shaped its past, from the communities where miners and their families lived to the work itself. A special exhibit that opens Saturday, April 10, gives visitors a glimpse of what researchers have discovered through an Oral History Project.

The exhibit, on display in the Lite Box Gallery at Pepper Place (2825 Second Avenue South) through April 24, includes the stories of miners and their families, captured in words, pictures and video. You also will see artifacts from the site that bring the place to life, almost 50 years after the last mine closed.

There is no cost to enjoy the show, which is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Wednesday, April 14, at 11:30 a.m., a brown-bag lunch presentation features historians Jim Bennett, Pam King and Eric McFerrin (also ranger at the park) . Go to the park website for more information.

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