Founded in February 1892, the first meeting was held at the state capital in Springfield and plans were developed to further the institute’s mission, purpose, and bylaws.
Today, the IMI supports research and education by providing annual scholarships to students in the mining field. Likewise, they coordinate and sponsor the annual mining conference which include technical sessions, mining exhibits, and fire and rescue competitions.
Remarkably, the institute continues to embody the mission and purpose of its fore founders – well into the 21st century. It remains an active and integral resource to the Illinois mining industry, and maintains a diverse membership of mining professionals throughout the State of Illinois.