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Contact: Kathleen Harter, (906) 337-3168
Seasons of Faith: a Walk through the History of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette, 1900-2000 is more than just church history. It also speaks more broadly to community development and cultural history in the Upper Peninsula as well. Join author Angela Johnson as she discusses the challenges and rewards of writing about local history, particularly when the topic is as personal as faith and as close as one’s home town.
Johnson, a native of Ishpeming, was commissioned by Bishop James Garland to write a history to commemorate the diocese’s 150th anniversary, which occurred in 2007. Johnson describes the efforts to build and maintain more than 140 parishes and missions in the Upper Peninsula, and in the process shares compelling stories of a faith-filled people. Researching and writing the book enabled her to combine her deep appreciation for the Roman Catholic Church with her love of history. A first time author, Johnson will share the lessons she learned in the course of writing this book – insights that will help any local historian wanting to learn more about publishing a local history study.
This event will take place on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. It will be held at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church in Houghton, located at 305 Portage Street.
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. Additional support for this event is being provided by St. Ignatius Loyola Church.
For further information, including specific directions to this event, contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at (906) 337-3168.