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January 04, 2013


University of Montana Professor Janet Finn will discuss her new book, “Mining Childhood: Growing up in Butte, 1900-1960,” during the Fact & Fiction Book Club Luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Holiday Inn Downtown.

Finn, a professor in the UM School of Social Work, combined years of research with oral histories to examine the life of children in Butte during the early 20th century and the decline of the city’s fame as the “Richest Hill on Earth.”

“Mining Childhood” offers a fresh perspective on Montana history. Finn will share many of the photographs and stories from the book that capture children’s experiences of school, play and work. People came to Butte in search of a better life for themselves and they stayed and struggled in order to build a better life for their sons and daughters. Children were Butte’s reason to be.

The Book Club Luncheon costs $20 and reservations are required by Saturday, Jan. 12. “Mining Childhood” is available for $24.95 at Fact & Fiction downtown and The Bookstore at UM, located in the University Center.

For more information or to purchase the book online, visit



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Contact: Barbara Theroux, Fact and Fiction, 406-721-2881,