Over the summer, College of Western Idaho (CWI) student, Westin Juarez, combined his passion for geology and anthropology by teaming up with CWI professor, Ander Sundell, and the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology (IMMG).
Westin worked with IMMG staff to research and design their newest exhibit that communicates the evolution and use of personal mine safety equipment as the fulfillment of his geology internship credit. The exhibit displays specific pieces of safety equipment worn by miners such as helmets, lights, boots, safety belts, gloves, and personal respirators. For each piece of safety equipment Westin researched an accident that could have been prevented had the miners been using that safety gear.
The exhibit is currently open at the IMMG located in the Old Penitentiary in Boise at 2455 Old Penitentiary Road.