I have just finished an internship at a history museum in the intermountain Western United States. The museum primarily deals with mining, since that is what brought many white settlers into the area. Every historical scholarship community has its accepted tropes and narratives, and this small town was no different. Naturally, the first thing I did upon arriving was dive into learning the history and tearing apart those narratives.
I challenged the lily-white picture of human use of the region in a rather docile way a couple of months back, and this time I have tackled the immense task of writing down some of the history of women in the mining industry. It is available to read on the museum’s website as well as in the local newspaper.