A LOOK BACK
“THE GREAT ZINC MINES OF SUSSEX COUNTY”
The Sussex County Historical Society is sponsoring an illustrated talk about the “Great Zinc Mines of Sussex County.” The presentation will take place on Thursday, August 24, at 7:00 PM at the Hill Memorial Building museum at 82 Main Street in Newton (973-383-6010). The museum is on the corner of Main Street and Church Street. The lecture will be given by William Kroth, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Sterling Hill Mine Museum, located in Ogdensburg Borough. Mr. Kroth also is a noted lecturer on the subject of mining and geology, and is a licensed professional engineer in the State of New Jersey. The 35-40 minute presentation will also feature a new documentary on Mining by the NJ Zinc Company in Ogdensburg and Franklin, NJ. Also included with be an exhibit of the world famous fluorescent minerals from these deposits. Bill Kroth has been associated with the Sterling Hill Mining Museum for the past 20 years, working on engineering and construction projects as well as giving tours. A science fan since junior high school, he has assembled major collections of meteorites and the minerals of Franklin and Sterling Hill, New Jersey. He is also an avid amateur astronomer, has constructed and refurbished several large telescopes, and currently is co-director of the Ellis Observatory at Sterling Hill. For four years he served as an adjunct professor of engineering geology and often gives lectures on astronomy and meteorites. Kroth enjoys metal- and woodworking and was one of the designers and builders of Sterling Hill Mining Museum’s “Periodic Table of the Elements” display. This lecture is one of 21 being sponsored this year by the Sussex County Historical Society in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Hill Memorial Building, the two-story museum and home of the Society. Financial support for this series of lectures has been made possible through a grant from the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council. There is no fee for admission to the lectures, but donations will gladly be accepted. There is considerable on-site parking in back of the museum, and on Church Street.
A LOOK BACK