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    Keweenaw

    National Historical Park Michigan

June Fourth Thursday in History

From Emerald Isle to Copper Island: Irish in the Keweenaw
 

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Date: June 24, 2008
Contact: Kathleen Harter, (906) 337-1104

Irish immigrants work underground in the Calumet & Hecla mines
Irish immigrants work underground in the Calumet & Hecla mines
Historic photo provided by Bill Mulligan

The Irish were among the earliest settlers in the Keweenaw, coming to work in frontier mines and in the communities developing around them. Many, like Edward Ryan – “the merchant prince of the Copper Country” – played an important role in the commercial growth of the region. However, the Irish have only a small presence in the Keweenaw today. Come hear Murray State history professor Bill Mulligan as he explains why.

This event will take place on Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. It will be held at the Union Building, located at 98 Fifth Street in Calumet.

Fourth Thursday in History is a series of public presentations on a variety of 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, including specific directions to this event, contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at (906) 337-3168

 

Future Fourth Thursday in History Events

A Summer's Eve at Cliff Mine
July 24, 2008
Former Church of the Assumption, Phoenix

A New Life in a New Land: The French-Canadians Come to the Keweenaw
August 28, 2008
Chassell Heritage Center, Chassell

Did You Know?

Miners pose outside the #5 Tamarack Mine shaft in this 1908 photograph by Adolph F. Isler. Keweenaw NHP Archives.

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.