Nankin Mills to offer historical programs for families

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Wayne County Parks will introduce a new program this weekend detailing Michigan’s history of copper mining.

Copper Rush in Michigan will take place 1-2:30 pm. Saturday at the Nankin Mills Interpretive Center in Westland.

During the program, “participants will learn about our state’s history of copper mining, Native American mining techniques and mining methods today, which is an interesting and colorful part of Michigan’s history,” county officials said Tuesday.

The county also will offer a program later this month it considers a family favorite — Henry Ford’s Village Industries of Southeastern Michigan. The program takes place 1- 2:30 p.m on July 23.

Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Co., was the former owner of Nankin Mills from 1918-48. He gifted the site as well as three others on the Middle Rouge River to Wayne County. Program participants will learn more about these sites and others tied to Ford in the area.

The presentation will conclude will a tour of Ford exhibits in the Interpretive Center, officials said.

The programs are recommended for ages 12 and up. The cost is $3 per person and an additional $1 for out-of-county residents.

The Nankin Mills Interpretive Center is at 33175 Ann Arbor Trail.