2009 High School Local History Smackdown
Contact: Kathleen Harter, (906) 337-3168
Fourth Thursday in History:
Question: The Quincy Mining Company worked a particular lode for nearly a century, from 1856 to 1945. Can you name the lode? Ask one of the students preparing for the seventh annual High School Local History Smackdown, and they’ll tell you it was the Pewabic. Which team will answer the most questions, be the last one standing, and take home the Smackdown trophy?
In this fast-paced competition, 17 teams of high school students will field the Quizmaster's questions about local history, geography, and geology. Two wrong answers and they’re out of play, leaving the last team standing to take home bragging rights and the Smackdown trophy. The trophy has found a home in several different area schools over the past years, so come, keep score, and cheer on the teams as they take center stage and face the Quizmaster.
The Smackdown will take place at the historic Calumet Theatre, 340 Sixth Street in Calumet, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday April 23rd, 2009. The event is free and open to the public.
The Smackdown is part of the Fourth Thursday in History series, which 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 the Smackdown is being provided by the Calumet Theatre, Range Bank, Pat's Foods & Festival Foods, Jim’s Foodmart, River Valley State Bank, Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, and Homestead Graphics.
For further information, including specific directions to this event, contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at (906) 337-3168.
Future Fourth Thursday in History Events
Military History of the Keweenaw
The Life of Douglass Houghton
For more detailed information on upcoming events, contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at (906) 337-3168.
Did You Know?
Woody Guthrie's song "1913 Massacre" brought attention to a tragedy that occurred in Calumet, Michigan on December 24, 1913 during a bitter copper miner's strike. Reports claim that a shout of fire caused panic at a party at the Italian Hall. 74 people died in the stampede down the steep stairway.