7th Annual
MIDWEST CORNISH FESTIVAL
Sept 24-26, 1999

Mineral Point, WI

North American Cornish Genealogy Seminar....... Friday, Sept 24, 1999

Cornish & Celtic Entertainment

Taste of Mineral Point (food festival)

Cornish & Celtic Merchandise

Cricket Demonstrations

Celtic Evening at Folklore Village

Saturday Evening Pasty Banquet

Tours of Gundry House Museum

Drolls of Old Cornwall at Pendarvis

For more information, please contact:

Mineral Point Chamber/Main Street
225 High Street
Mineral Point, Wisconsin  53565

608-987-3201  or  888-Point-Wi

email:  cornish@mineralpoint.com

visit us at: www.mineralpoint.com

or you can contact the Submitter:

Marion Howard

There will also be a group of at least 6 people coming from Redruth, Cornwall to finalize the  "twinning" of Redruth and Mineral Point.

After the Black Hawk War of 1832, cornish miners and their families came to the lead region of Southwest Wisconsin to mine lead.  Most of them were young men and young families.  They went anywhere in the world there was mining--thousands came to Wisconsin to mine lead.  The 1850 census of the lead mining areas of Cornish Settlement in the lead region, Mineral Point, Dodgeville, Hazel Green, Linden and Shullsburg, show a total population of 9,080, with 4,500 of them Cornish. Mineral Point was the most important city in the area, being the County Seat of Iowa County as well as the lead smelting center.  The Pendarvis Historic Site, the many stone buildings and narrow winding streets as well as the pasty served regularly at local restaurants are a standing testimony to the presence of the early Cornish Settlement of Mineral Point.  The Midwest Cornish Festival was developed in 1993 to promote the Cornish heritage of our area and raise local awareness about its historical importance.  The Festival reflects not just local customs but input from the people whose roots are found throughout Southwestern Wisconsin.

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