Special Event

Wisconsin State Parks: Gateways to the Ancient Past

Thursday, February 21, 2019

6:00 PM

EnlargeExtraordinary stories of geology and natural history


Hear stories of events and processes that shaped Wisconsin’s landscapes, including volcanic eruptions, invasions by ancient seas, crushing glaciers, centuries of erosion, and more!

Author of "Wisconsin State Parks: Extraordinary Stories of Geology and Natural History", science writer Scott Spoolman, will take listeners with him to some of Wisconsin’s state parks and forests where evidence of the state’s striking geologic and natural history are on display.

The book includes one or more trail guides for each park, which hikers can take with them on the trail to view evidence of Wisconsin’s geologic and natural history up close for themselves.


Pendarvis, 114 Shake Rag St
Mineral Point, WI 53565-1063

Location Information

Tucked away in historic Mineral Point, Pendarvis celebrates the restoration and preservation efforts of Robert Neal and Edgar Hellum, who saved a significant part of Wisconsin’s past. Their legacy includes the six historic stone and stone-and-log cottages which comprise Pendarvis today, built by Cornish immigrants in the 1840s during the Wisconsin Territory's lead-mining boom. Nearby Merry Christmas Mine Hill still bears the signs of early mining activity, and a 43-acre restored prairie reveals the unspoiled wilderness found by the first arriving settlers.

Accessibility Information

Partially handicapped accessible. Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals requiring a wheelchair for mobility. Call ahead to make arrangements.