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Fourth Thursday in History: Marching off to War - the Military History of the Copper Country

historic photo: Labeled Armistice Day Parade, Red Jacket Road, November 11, 1918.
Labeled Armistice Day Parade, Red Jacket Road, November 11, 1918.
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News Release Date: May 26, 2009
Contact: Kathleen Harter, (906) 337-3168

Join local historian Nick Faller as he explores the military history of Michigan's Copper Country, from the founding of Fort Wilkins through World War II. Faller has been a student of Copper Country history for over 50 years, and has focused his research on the contributions its residents have made in military service to their country. His talk will provide a broad overview of this topic from the 1840s to the end of World War II. He will also highlight the return to the Copper Country from Europe of veterans of the First World War, the Copper Country's Naval Militia, and Houghton County's only recipient of Medal of Honor, U.S. Marine Albert Joseph Smith.

This event will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 28th, 2009 at the Michigan Army National Guard Readiness Center, which is located at 57707 Military Avenue in Calumet. It is part of the Fourth Thursday in History speaker series sponsored by Keweenaw National Historical Park.

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.


Future Fourth Thursday in History Events

Michigan's Columbus: the Life of Douglass Houghton
June 25, 2009
Keweenaw County Courthouse, Eagle River

Italians in the Keweenaw
July 23, 2009
Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's, Calumet

Did You Know?

Once the scene of buslting industry, the Quincy shaft-rock house at the number 2 shaft and accompanying hoist house sit silent today.

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.