Fourth Thursday in History: The Biggest House in Town
Contact: Kathleen Harter, (906) 337-3168
Are you curious to see how the other half lived a century ago? Come to the Laurium Manor Inn and learn about this remarkable home's history as it marks its 100th birthday. Owners Dave and Julie Sprenger, along with Keweenaw National Historical Park architect John Rosemurgy, will describe the home's original owners, its designers, and its place in the neighborhood.
The home was designed for Thomas and Cornelia Hoatson by local architects Charles and Fred Maas. The Hoatsons, heavily invested in copper mining ventures, spent a fortune to build and furnish their home, and it was the height of style when it was completed in 1908. Join the Sprengers and Rosemurgy as they showcase this beautiful and unique property. Julie Sprenger will reveal the history of the Hoatsons and their mining endeavors. John Rosemurgy will provide an architectural analysis of the home, and Dave Sprenger will describe Laurium's architectural heritage, highlighting other buildings designed by the Maas brothers.
This event will take place on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. It will be held at the Laurium Manor Inn, located at 320 Tamarack Street in Laurium, Michigan, and you are invited to stay for a self-guided tour following the presentation.
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, including specific directions to this event, contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at (906) 337-3168.
Future Fourth Thursday in History Events
The Irish in the Keweenaw
A Summer's Eve at Cliff Mine
A New Life in a New Land: The French Canadians Come to the Keweenaw
Did You Know?
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. 74 people died in the stampede down the steep stairway.