- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NEGAUNEE, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan museum that chronicles the state’s iron mining history will receive a $200,000 renovation.

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee Township plans to focus on the addition of 21st century upgrades, the Mining Journal (http://bit.ly/WxY5FC ) reported. It will incorporate modern technology to educate and engage visitors of all ages.

Troy Henderson, a historian with the Michigan Historical Center, said the exhibits will be updated to include the current state of the iron industry. He said a lot has changed in the past few decades.

“When the museum was built in 1987, the iron industry at that point, it was looking kind of bleak, actually,” Henderson said. “And since then, that hasn’t been the case … It’s really picked up and the market has become more global.”

He said the industry’s revival can be credited to the development of mining technology. The upgraded exhibits will tell that important story through interactive media.

Museum officials also hope to create a database of newspaper articles that will allow people to search for information about miners who were killed or injured.

The museum’s remodeling efforts will be funded by five annual donations of $40,000 from Cliffs Foundation. The first phase of construction is set to begin this winter.

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Information from: The Mining Journal, http://www.miningjournal.net