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Pulpits and Pickaxes: The Primitive Methodists in the Lead Mine District

April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


In 1842, a British pastor left his home in the northern dales of England to become the first Primitive Methodist minister in the Lead Mine District centered at Galena, Illinois. The evangelical home-grown lay preaching of the Primitive Methodists suited the self-governing character of the lead miners who saw few preachers in their mining enclaves. The Primitive Methodists impacted the region with their camp meetings, love feasts, and declarations against slavery. The group has dwindled in numbers over the last century, but their humble little churches still dot the landscape of the Lead mine District today.



Zoom Link for meeting:  https://zoom.us/j/96657977364





Tracey Lee Roberts, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, (History Department at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville) is  currently the Executive Director at Grant County Historical Society. She has been researching and writing about the Lead Mine District for three decades. She is currently writing a book on The Life of Henry Dodge in the Upper Mississippi Valley.


April 11
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm