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June 26, 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM @ Archives Building
The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives will continue its Brown Bag Lunch series on Wednesday, June 26, with a presentation and book signing by Brian James Leech. Leech is the author of The City That Ate Itself: Butte, Montana and Its Expanding Berkeley Pit, an exhaustively researched and passionate account of the history of Butte and its dramatic relationship with the Berkeley Pit. Leech provides a social and environmental history using oral history interviews and archival finds to explore the lived experience of open-pit copper mining in Butte. As open-pit mining nibbled away at ethnic communities, neighbors faced new industrial hazards, widespread relocation, and disrupted social ties. Although the Berkeley Pit gave consumers easier access to copper, its impact on workers and community members was met with celebration, protest, negotiation, and resignation.