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Fourth Thursday in History - Italians in the Keweenaw

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Date: July 23, 2009
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?

This exposed vein of copper bearing rock leading into Lake Superior at Fort Wilkins State Park provided evidence of the area's copper wealth

Early native peoples began the first metal mining in North America over 7,000 years ago with copper mining on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. Copper was fashioned into tools and items that were traded throughout North America.