Fourth Thursday in History: Fifth Annual High School Local History Smackdown
Contact: Abby Sue Fisher, (906) 337-1207, ext 250
Contact: Brian Hoduski, (906) 337-1207, ext. 251
Question: What group of immigrants established a Lutheran church in Calumet, formed a Viking Glee Club, and celebrated their Independence Day in May? Do you know the answer? Undoubtedly, one of the 19 teams participating in the fifth annual Smackdown will know that it was the Norwegians. But which team will be triumphant and take home the trophy?
Prepare to watch 18 teams compete for victory at the fifth annual High School Local History Smackdown, the much-anticipated April Fourth Thursday in History program. Well-versed teams will field the Quizmaster’s questions about Copper Country history and geography. The atmosphere will be charged with excitement as teams pit their wits against each other to see who will be the last one standing and take home the Smackdown trophy.
The event will take place at the historic Calumet Theatre, 340 Sixth Street in Calumet, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday April 26, 2007. Registration for teams is between 6:00-6:30 in the ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.
The Fourth Thursday in History series arranges public presentations on important aspects of Copper Country and regional history, including techniques for historic preservation. Presentations are scheduled in venues throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula, particularly at historic sites associated with specific topics. They are free and open to the public. Additional support for this event is being provided by Range Bank, Pat’s Foods & Festival Foods, River Valley State Bank, Keweenaw Memorial Medical Center and Homestead Graphics.
For further information, including specific directions to this event, contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at (906) 337-3168.
Geology of the Keweenaw Peninsula
For more detailed information on upcoming events, contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at (906) 337-3168, or check our schedule of events.
Did You Know?
The Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan was home to one of our nation's first mineral rushes. Prospectors seeking copper travelled there in the middle 1840's, a few years before the "49'ers" sought gold out west. The story of this rush is told today at Keweenaw National Historical Park.