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Larry Lankton to Sign Newest Book July 22

Hollowed Ground Book CoverHANCOCK, MI - Finlandia University's North Wind Books will host a book signing with author Larry Lankton Thursday, July 22, 2010, starting at 5:00 p.m.

Lankton's most recent book, "Hollowed Ground: Copper Mining and Community Building on Lake Superior, 1840s-1990s," was recently published by Wayne State University Press.

In Hollowed Ground, Lankton tells the story of two copper industries on Lake Superior-native copper mining, which produced about 11 billion pounds of the metal from the 1840s until the late 1960s, and copper sulfide mining, which began in the 1950s and produced another 4.4 billion pounds of copper through the 1990s.

In addition to documenting companies and their mines, mills, and smelters, Hollowed Ground is also a community study. It examines the region's population and ethnic mix, which was a direct result of the mining industry, and the companies' paternalistic involvement in community building.

While this book covers the history of the entire Lake Superior mining industry, it particularly focuses on the three largest and longest-lived companies: Calumet & Hecla, Copper Range, and Quincy.

Hollowed Ground presents a wealth of images from Upper Michigan's mining towns, reflecting a century and a half of unique community and industrial history. Local historians, industrial historians, and anyone interested in the history of Michigan's Upper Peninsula will appreciate this informative volume.

For additional information, please contact North Wind Books at 906-487-7217.