Fourth Thursday in History - Italians in the Keweenaw
Contact: Kathleen Harter, (906) 337-3168
When Italians immigrated to the Keweenaw, they brought with them music, foods, and culture that remain important traditions in Copper Country life today. Come celebrate Italian history and legacy through historical photos, personal reminiscences, and the music of Jim and Teri Enrietti.
This event is being presented as part of Calumet's Heritage Days celebration, which is highlighting Italian heritage this year. Jeremiah Mason, Keweenaw National Historical Park’s archivist, will use historic photos, oral histories, and artifacts from the park's collection to shed light on the local Italian experience; the Enriettis will provide traditional music sure to bring Italy to mind. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the skilled Italian stone masons and craftsmen, grocers, musicians and more who have made a lasting contribution to the Keweenaw’s history.
The event will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 at the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's, located at 25880 Red Jacket Road (the corner of 5th and Scott streets) in Calumet, Michigan. It is part of the Fourth Thursday in History speaker series sponsored by Keweenaw National Historical Park. Additional support for this evening’s program is being provided by the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's.
The Fourth Thursday in History series 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. For further information, contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at (906) 337-3168.
Did You Know?
The Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan was home to one of our nation's first mineral rushes. Prospectors seeking copper travelled there in the middle 1840's, a few years before the "49'ers" sought gold out west. The story of this rush is told today at Keweenaw National Historical Park.