Celebration Planned on the Geological Origin of Beaver Dam Lake and Cumberland

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A dedication of interpretive historical exhibits depicting the geological origin of Beaver Dam Lake and the Island City of Cumberland is planned for Friday, May 31.  The two exhibits tell the story of a raging river in the glacier sculpting the lakebed of one of Wisconsin’s deepest lakes and the island on which Cumberland was founded.
The intention of the historical markers, sponsored by the 3M Company- Cumberland, is to acquaint the public with the local area’s rich Ice Age heritage. The Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) undertook preparation of the exhibits with guidance and research assistance of Professor Emeritus Mickelson. The public is invited to the event where Bob Held, Coordinator of the Superior Lobe Chapter of the IATA will serve as master of ceremonies  
The celebration begins at 1:00 p.m. when David M. Mickelson, Professor Emeritus and Senior Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison, outlines the impact of the Great Wisconsin Glacier on the local area lakes and landscape.   He will speak at the Cumberland Thomas St. Angelo Public Library located at 1305 2nd Avenue.  Mickelson has taught a gamut of geology courses and is engaged in extensive research including existing glaciers and glacial deposit in Sweden, Norway, Argentina, China, Alaska, New England and the Rocky Mountains in addition to the Midwest.  He has published numerous papers and is first author of the book, “Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.”  
At 2:15 pm the festivity will pick up near the boat landing at City Park where Mayor Bert Skinner will extend his welcome at an artistic rendition of a woolly mammoth on an erratic.   An erratic is a large rock transported by the glacier.  Britt Nordquist, 3M Cumberland Human Resources Manager will unveil the exhibit. Tim Malzhan, Director of Trail Operations, IATA, will describe how volunteer trail makers are helping to preserve Wisconsin’s Ice Age legacy.  
Moving on to the Eagle Point Campground and Park at about 3 p.m. participants will gather for the unveiling of a National Park Service-type, low-profile interpretive marker telling how the local waterways and island landscape was formed.  
Following unveiling by Autumn Schwarz, 3M Cumberland Product Manager, Professor Mickelson will read and expand upon the exhibit text.  State Senator Janet Bewley and State Assembly Representative Romaine Quinn will give their commentary on the momentous natural phenomena that influences our environment and the way we live.
For more information call Bob Held at 715 761-1657.


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