I have quite a few activities on the horizon, and will keep you abreast of what I learn at each event. As it stands right now, I will go to several events here at the end of July and one in September.
Next weekend, I will go on a field trip with some rock collectors from Durango, CO. While this is not explicitly an industrial archeology trip, interesting rocks and mining are so intertwined in this area, that I’m sure there will be something to see.
As soon as I am done with the field trip, I will drive east to Decatur, IL. On July 25-27, I will attend a chemical process safety workshop, hosted by ADM. I’m sure there will be a lot to talk about there as well.
In September, I am planning on attending the Society for Industrial Archeology (SIA) Fall Tour in Nashville, TN. I’ll have more details on that trip as September approaches.
Thank you for reading my post, and stay tuned, as I have been inspired to become more active in industrial archeology in the weeks to come.
I am really looking forward to the Society for Industrial Archeology Fall Tour this year. It will be held in Nashville, and looks like it will be a lot of fun. I won’t release many details on this site, but the official site can be found here.
I will also see about organizing a student club this year at New Mexico Tech. I’m already involved in quite a few clubs, so I’ll see what I can do. I really want the metal casting club to remain active, so that is probably my main focus. However, there is so much overlap between metal casting and industrial archeology, that perhaps students will be interested in both.
The metal casting club, better known as “What The Foundry” was started last year. Unfortunately, (well for me, anyway), my two most interested students graduated in May, and I don’t think they really found replacements, so we may have to start over from scratch. The club uses my propane-fired small furnace for melting aluminum. We have cast horseshoes and some parts for a viking shield, though more things were in the works, until Senior Design class kept them busy for their final semester.
I’ll keep you posted on both the Fall Tour and the student club as things develop.
Thank you for reading my post.