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Get Ready for the 2009 History Smackdown!

photo: The winners of the 2008 High School Local History Smackdown, the Painesdale Minds, deliberate a question.
The winners of the 2008 High School Local History Smackdown, the Painesdale Minds, deliberate a question.
NPS Photo, Dan Johnson

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News Release Date: April 1, 2009
Contact: Brian Hoduski, (906) 337-1104 ext. 251

Built in 1848, this lighthouse was the first government built aid to navigation on the Keweenaw Peninsula. Can you name this lighthouse? If you said the Copper Harbor lighthouse, give yourself a pat on the back – you’re right!

Seventeen teams from eight Copper Country-area high schools will be asked questions much like this at the 2009 Local History Smackdown to be held the evening of April 23rd. The team that answers the most questions correctly – the last team standing at the end of the competition – is the Smackdown champion.

The Smackdown offers students a fun and exciting opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the history and geography of Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties. Its format is similar to a spelling bee: teams of four players are asked timed, short-answer questions about local history topics, which increase in difficulty as the rounds go higher. The contest features a double-elimination format: each team is given the right to pass on one question, but two wrong answers and teams are out of play. Come and cheer on the competitors!

This free event will take place at the historic Calumet Theatre in Calumet at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, and will kick off the 2009 Fourth Thursday in History series sponsored by Keweenaw National Historical Park.

More information including rules, sample questions, references, and other details about the event …

Did You Know?

Portrait of Alexander Agassiz

Alexander Agassiz, President of Calumet & Hecla Mining Company from 1871 to 1910, was the son of famed naturalist and Harvard professor, Louis Agassiz. Alexander's interest in copper mining was to fund his scientific travels. He became a specialist in marine ichthyology - the study of fish. More...