Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives NEH Traveling Exhibit

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) On the Road Exhibit Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives visits the Keweenaw Peninsula September 2 - October 19, 2019. Events and exhibits are hosted by the Quincy Mine Hoist Association, Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission, and Keweenaw National Historical Park. The Mid America Arts Alliance is the host agency and exhibit fabricator for the exhibition.

Visitors can explore the exhibits at the Calumet Visitor Center, located at 98 5th Street in historic downtown Calumet. Keep up to date with events connected to the traveling exhibit on the Jacob A. Riis NEH: Keweenaw Facebook page.
 
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Jacob A. Riis.
About Jacob A. Riis
Jacob Riis (1849-1914) was a pioneering newspaper reporter and social reformer in New York at the turn of the twentieth century. His then-novel idea of using photographs of the city's slums to illustrate the plight of impoverished residents established Riis as a forerunner of modern photojournalism. Jacob A Riis: How the Other Half Lives features photographs by Riis and his contemporaries, as well as his handwritten journals and personal correspondence.

Visitors to the exhibition will experience a Riis presentation - immersive life-size photographs, as well as artifacts and personal documentation. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more about the traveling exhibition on their website.
 
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This group of organizations is responsible for supporting the Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives NEH On the Road exhibition's visit to Calumet.
Numerous community partners are responsible for supporting this traveling exhibition's tour in Michigan's Copper Country:

  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • NEH On the Road
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • Mid-America Arts Alliance
  • Library of Congress
  • Quincy Mine Hoist Association
  • Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission
  • Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association
 
This exhibition is made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This exhibition is adapted from the exhibition Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York's Other Half, organized by the Museum of the City of New York. The exhibition was curated by Bonnie Yochelson and co-presented by the Library of Congress. It was made possible with major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Terra Foundation for the American Arts, as well as support from D. Euan and Merete Baird, The Malkin Fund, Ronay and Richard L. Menschel, Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik's Foundation, C. Fleming and Judy Heilmann, Kan and Lotte Leschly, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, and the John L. Loeb Jr. Foundation. It was adapted and toured for NEH on the Road by Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Last updated: September 6, 2019

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