Exhibit Lecture

Date: 14-Sep-2017
Capacity: Not Set (Available)


New exhibit! “The Disappearing Mining Landscape of Grant County, New Mexico”

In association with the exhibit opening, Ms. Ann McMahon and Mr. Andrew Lindlof will speak with guests about their experience gathering the necessary information for this exhibit and the importance of preserving the history of mining in Grant County. The lecture will take place Thursday, September 14, 2017. Light refreshments will be served at 6:00 pm and the talk will start at 7:00 pm. The museum requests that those interested in attending please contact the museum to reserve a spot. Please call 719-488-0880 or respond by e-mail at rsvp@wmmi.org.

Ms. Ann McMahon is a photographer of 44 years’ experience. One day she took a mining tour in Silver City, led by Terrence “Terry” Humble, a retired miner. Terry’s enthusiasm for the history of the mining areas delighted Ann. As a result, she asked terry if she could accompany him to some mine locations, take photographs and write an article about Terry and his new book “Santa Rita del Cobre”. The article was published in the Desert Exposure newspaper and Terry and Ann began an association to help protect mining history. Ann has been a member of Professional Photographers of America, American Society of Media Photographers as well as other photographic organizations. She has trained in numerous workshops over the years, most notably a decade of working with Charles Cramer and Bill Atkinson learning fine art print development. Her pilot’s license led to the publication of the Browntrout 2007 Airplanes calendar, sold worldwide, and aerial coverage of the construction of the John James Audubon Bridge spanning the Mississippi River. Her canvas prints have won awards regionally and her work was featured in an acclaimed exhibit in the fall of 2015 at the Branigan Cultural Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She currently lives in Silver City and continues her photography of southwest New Mexico.

Ann McMahon saw the absence of mining history preservation and took it upon herself to bring her photography experience and talent to bear on a project to preserve this history! Ms. McMahon wants the public to be able to see the extraordinary aspects of mining in Grant County. During her lecture, Ann will discuss the various methods that she used to achieve her beautiful photographs such as the process of sculpting with light and painting with light.

Mr. Andrew Lindlof is currently a geologist living and working in St. Paul, MN. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in geoscience and water science from Northland Collee in Ashland, WI in 2011. Following graduation, Andrew took a position as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Silver City, NM in 2013. While in Silver City, Andrew took advantage of the rich history and diverse landscapes of County, pursuing his lifelong hobby and interest in geology. He led amateur geology and rock collecting hikes and taught classes throughout several of Grant County’s gold, silver, copper, fluorite, iron/manganese, and rare earth mining districts. Researching old mine locations and their geologic and historic significance produced a deep, intimate connection to the people and activities of the past that made the present what it is. Eventually, Andrew met with Ann McMahon and started to work on identifying the mining districts to be documented in “The Disappearing Mining Landscape of Grant County” portfolio. As prevalent as mining is throughout New Mexico, the noble task of safeguarding mining landscapes for public and wildlife safety is become equally as prevalent. Many intact minescapes are being lost to hose in search of a sense of historic connection or with geologic curiosity; finding and documenting these sites is critical to preserve a false identity of this region.