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New Site Admin

by on June 12, 2013

LindsayHello everyone, my name is Lindsay Hiltunen and I am the new site admin for this blog.  Erik Nordberg passed the torch to me when he took his new job with the Michigan Humanities council.  As we approach the beginning of the strike centennial, this webpage will become more and more active over the coming weeks.  I plan to post announcements about strike related events, book talks, lectures, film screenings, exhibits, and other information relevant to public remembrance, research, and education about the 1913 strike.

I grew up in Tamarack City, adjacent to mill site ruins and just down the street from the old Ahmeek steam-powered stamp, so interest in copper mining and the strike has been with me since childhood.  I have a background in libraries and archives, having worked in public and academic libraries in Washington, DC, Fairfax, Virginia, and Macomb, Illinois.  I am also currently pursuing a Master’s degree in history.  My thesis project focuses on the historical and community memory of the strike, especially how local residents, heritage sites, and publications have remembered and discussed the strike over the past 100 years.  In the centennial year, an important milestone, I think this website will be a great way to stay informed about events that will give the community ample opportunities to engage with and conceptualize the past.  If you have any questions about upcoming events, want to post an event, or would like to share a story, please leave a comment or e-mail me at le-hiltunen@wiu.edu.

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  1. Pam Hiltunen permalink

    Thank you! I look forward to your posts and information. All I know is that copper mining was an integral fact to the reason that I am here in the “copper country”. My grandfathers were imigrants working in those mines. The more you can share about their conditions and resources only makes me appreciate my past. I look with interest as to how people today recognize that history and the conditions of that time. Help us to remember and take pride in the people that made the Keweenaw Peninsula such a great place to live and raise a family.

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