March 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Park City Museum and the Friends of Ski Mountain Mining will host the History Speaks Lecture: “It’s Dark as a Dungeon and Damp as the Dew, where the dangers are double and the pleasures are few” – a comparison of coal and silver mining, then and now – presented by Donovan Symonds. The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25th from 5-6 p.m. at the Park City Museum Education &Collections Center located at 2079 Sidewinder Drive.
The lecture will look at the differences between coal and silver mining particularly as they relate to Park City and the coal mining areas of central Utah. A mining engineer, Donovan will discuss differences in geology, early and modern mining and processing methods, tragic accidents, canaries, and the improvements in safety over the years.
Donovan is a long time resident of Park City, moving here in 1977. He is a retired consulting mining engineer specializing in mineral processing and holds a degree in mining engineering from Newcastle University in England and a PhD in gravity concentration from Nottingham University. He has enjoyed being a museum docent for the past 8 years.