UW-Fond du Lac recently added two sets of copper engraving plates from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to its geography and geology department.
Shown with three of the plates in his lab is Dr. Michael Jurmu, UW-Fond du Lac geography and geology professor. The engraving plates, made by hand, were used to reproduce topographic and geological maps by the USGS from the 1880s to the 1950s. Excess plates were recently made available to educational and other non-profit organizations.
UW-Fond du Lac is one of three UW Colleges campuses in Wisconsin to receive a set of the engraving plates.