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J.W. Nara Exhibit on View for FinnFest 2013

by on June 17, 2013
One of the featured photos on the J.W. Nara exhibit, this image shows six miners underground. (Photo courtesy of the Michigan Tech Archives, Digital Archives, image# Nara 42-142)

One of the featured photos on the J.W. Nara exhibit, this image shows six miners underground. (Photo courtesy of the Michigan Tech Archives, Digital Archives, image# Nara 42-142)

The J.W. Nara exhibit, “People, Place, and Time: Michigan’s Copper Country Through the Lens of J.W. Nara, 1874-1934,” will be on view to the public during this week’s FinnFest celebration.  The exhibit, which was created by staff members of the Michigan Tech Archives, features photos from the Nara Photograph Collection. The exhibit also has an online component available here.

John William Nara, born in 1974 in the Tornio region of Finland, used his lens to chronicle the people and places of the Copper Country after migrating to the United States. He not only captured studio portraits, family events, and Keweenaw adventures, but he also had an eye for telling the story of the copper mining industry, with many of his subjects featuring miners, mine work, the 1913-1914 strike, and the industrial landscape. The exhibit will be on view at the Tori Market at MTU’s Student Development Complex for the duration of FinnFest.

The “People, Place, and Time” exhibit was made possible by a generous donation from the Nara Foundation.

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