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Fourth Thursday in History: So Cold a Sky, Upper Michigan Weather Stories

Historic photo of snow removal in Calumet near the corner of Elm and 5th Streets in 1900.
Workers remove snow near the corner of 5th and Elm Streets in Calumet. circa 1900
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News Release Date: February 15, 2008
Contact: Dan Johnson, (906) 337-3168

From storms rolling across Lake Superior to deep winter snowfalls, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a land of weather extremes. The weather has forced humans to adapt since they first arrived in the region. Join Karl Bohnak, a veteran of 20 years at WLUC-TV6, and the author of an award-winning book on Upper Michigan history, as he shares stories of how rugged pioneers endured the Lake Superior region’s harsh environment. Learn about some of the biggest storms, the coldest and warmest winters, and the most "backward" spring. You will also have a chance to share your weather stories.

Mr. Bohnak has forecasted the weather on WLUC-TV6, Marquette since 1988. His broadcasting career spans four decades, beginning with a search of New England snowstorms for a small radio station in Central New Hampshire. His first book, So Cold a Sky, Upper Michigan Weather Stories, is a recipient of the Michigan Notable Book award from the Library of Michigan. It combines his love of history and weather to provide an entertaining chronicle of how weather has affected the inhabitants of this unique climatic region.

This presentation will take place on February 28th, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. in the Hancock Middle School Auditorium, located at 417 Quincy Street in Hancock.

The Fourth Thursday in History series arranges public presentations on important aspects of Copper Country and regional history. Presentations are scheduled in venues throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula. They are free and open to the public.

Additional support for this event is being provided by Hancock Middle School. For further information, including specific directions to this event, contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at (906) 337-3168

 

Announcement of Upcoming Fourth Thursday in History Events

The Writing of Seasons of Faith
March 27, 2008
St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, Houghton

The 6th Annual High School Local History Smackdown
April 26, 2008
The Calumet Theatre, Calumet

For more detailed information on upcoming events, contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at (906) 337-3168.

Did You Know?

A small memorial park in Calumet, Michigan where the Italian Hall once stood is for the 74 people killed in a stampede on Dec. 24, 1913.

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. 73 people died in the stampede down the steep stairway.