Our speaker for the evening is Johnny Johansson a local Carroll County resident, who will present on "The Cornish Influence in Maryland’s Copper & Chrome Mines". Although its mines may be relatively small when compared with other districts, Maryland was once a significant producer of chromite and copper. Whereas Cornish mining influences have been studied in many other mining regions, they have not been considered for this area. Using slides and text we will review the role of Cornish miners, mining captains, technology, and terminology in these mid-19th Century mines.
Johnny Johnsson received his B.S. in mining engineering from Virginia Tech in 1985. He later acquired his Professional Engineer’s License and earned his M.B.A. at the University of Baltimore. Until 2007 he was Director of Environmental Affairs for The Arundel Corporation, a Mid-Atlantic subsidiary of Florida Rock Industries, a major aggregates and concrete manufacturer. He now works for Vulcan Materials in a similar capacity in Hanover, PA. Mineral collecting as a youngster led to his career and to an interest in mining history, particularly the mining and manufacture of chromium, copper, and iron related to Maryland’s Tyson family. Johnny serves as a Volunteer Ranger at the Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area, a serpentine barrens near Reisterstown with historic chrome mines, one of several locations where he conducts interpretive mining history hike programs. He resides in Finksburg, Maryland with his wife Dawn. Johnny has given presentations at mining history conferences, local historical societies, and mineral club venues.