June Fourth Thursday in History
From Emerald Isle to Copper Island: Irish in the Keweenaw
Contact: Kathleen Harter, (906) 337-1104
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
A New Life in a New Land: The French-Canadians Come to the Keweenaw
Did You Know?
Despite ups and downs in copper production and prices, the Quincy Mining Company on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula was able to pay its investors dividends nearly every year from 1862 to 1920, earning it the nickname "Old Reliable." The company closed in 1945, but continued to operate the smelter until 1971.