Get Ready for the 2009 History Smackdown!
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.
Did You Know?
To reach 9,260 feet down into the shafts of the Quincy copper mine, the world's largest steam-driven hoist was built in 1918. The Nordberg Steam Hoist and its reinforced concrete building, with brick veneer and Italian-tiled walls, cost over $370,000 but was used for only eleven years.