Calumet's Union Building
Within the windows and walls of Calumet's Union Building is a rich and vibrant history. Behind the glass and bricks was a place where business flourished and secret societies met. Whether they were whispered in beauty salon chairs or told by members of fraternal organizations, the stories of this place have one common thread – this building.
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By donating land to certain groups, C&H attempted to shape the local community to foster its need for a stable, productive and loyal workforce. As a link between the community and company, the Union Building and the people who passed through its doors reveal stories of a copper mining town. This building, like others downtown, provides a window into Calumet’s past.
Did You Know?
Many copper mining companies in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula followed a management practice known as corporate paternalism. The companies provided housing, schools, hospitals, libraries, bath houses and other amenities in order to attract and retain a loyal and productive workforce.