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Fourth Thursday in History: Living at Old Victoria

Visitors troll by the cabins at Old Victoria
Visitors stroll through the cabins at Old Victoria
NPS Photo, Dan Johnson

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News Release Date: August 27, 2009
Contact: Kathleen Harter, (906) 337-3168

Experience first-hand what Copper Country life was like 100 years ago at Old Victoria in Ontonagon County. Join us at 5:30 p.m. for a pre-program hiking tour through the Victoria mine site and the privately owned captain’s house. At 7:00 p.m., hear the stories of the people who lived at Old Victoria, complete with a special tour of the cabins and a treat baked in the wood stove. Please feel free to attend either or both parts of the program.

This special, two-part event will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2009. The tour will begin at the restoration site parking lot near the cabins at 5:30 p.m. The terrain is easy and well-suited to walking, but be sure to wear sturdy footwear. The talk will begin at 7:00 p.m., also at the cabins near the parking lot. The Old Victoria Restoration Site is located along Victoria Dam Road, Rockland, Michigan, and please note that parking is limited.

This program is part of the Fourth Thursday in History speaker series sponsored by Keweenaw National Historical Park. For more information on the Fourth Thursday in History series, please call 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.