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Upcoming Strike Centennial Events

February 20, 2014

4:15 pm, Chapel of St. Matthew, Finlandia University Campus, Film Screening of Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913, with a Q&A with history author and Red Metal film collaborator Steve Lehto.  Free and open to the public.

February 27, 2014

7:00 pm, Copper Country Community Arts Center, KNHP Fourth Thursday in History: Tyomies, Limited Edition Print discussion. Join Daniel Schnieder as he discusses the research and printing process used to create his limited edition broadside of a copy of Tyomies from the first day of the strike.  For more information please contact 906-482-2333.

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Past Events

July 23, 2013

11 am – 4 pm, Coppertown USA Mining Museum, To kick off the 1913 strike centennial, the museum will host an open house and feature their new Anna “Big Annie” Clemenc exhibit.

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Fort Wilkins State Park, Author Gary Kaunonen will give a presentation on the 1913-1914 Copper Strike and Italian Hall tragedy

July 24, 2013

1 pm – 2 pm, The Einerlei Shop in Chassell, Author Lyndon Comstock will be available for a meet and greet and to discuss his new book Annie Clemenc and the Great Keweenaw Copper Strike

July 25, 2013

7 pm, Keweenaw National Historical Park Calumet Visitor Center (98 5th St.), Author Lyndon Comstock will discuss new perspectives on the legacy of notable labor leader Anna “Big Annie” Clemenc.

July 26, 2013

7 pm, Keweenaw National Historical Park Calumet Visitory Center (98 5th St.), Induction of Annie Clemenc into Labor’s International Hall of Fame.

August 6
6:00 pm – Keweenaw Heritage Center (in the former St. Anne’s Church), Calumet, KNHP Park Archivist Jeremiah Mason will present a talk on Italian Hall

August 12
Time Not Listed – Keweenaw Heritage Center, The 1913 Strike Singers will provide a brief selection of songs to open for Gary Kaunonen’s talk, which is listed below.

Time Not Listed – Keweenaw Heritage Center, Gary Kaunonen will discuss his research on the strike and Italian Hall as part of Calumet’s Heritage Celebration.

August 13
6:00 – Coppertown USA Mining Museum, Red Metal Miners reunion. Contact Coppertown at (906) 337-4354 for more information.

August 14
6:30 pm – The Calumet Public Library, Novelist Carol Sheldon will launch her newly published book Driven to Rage, an intimate look at a family divided set during the 1913 copper strike.  For more information call the library at (906) 337-0311

7:00 pm, Location not determined, Dance instructors will provide lessons to show dances that were popular in 1913. Contact Main Street Calumet at (906) 337-6246 for more information.

7:00-10:00 pm, Brownstone Hall, Atlantic Mine, An Evening with Steve Lehto, Author of Death’s Door, will present a lecture and it will be accompanied by a wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, coffee, and dessert.  Admission is $10.00.  Proceeds will support the Adams Township School District Foundation and the Sarah Sargent Paine Historical Research Center.

August 15
6:30 pm – Portage Lake District Library, Novelist Carol Sheldon will discuss and read excerpts from her newly published book Driven to Rage, an intimate look at a family divided set during the 1913 copper strike.  For more information contact the library at (906) 482-4570.

7:30 pm – Calumet Theatre, Red Metal Radio Show on the 1913 strike. Contact the Calumet Theatre Box Office at (906) 337-2610 for ticket information.

August 16
Time and Location not listed, Big Anne’s Dance Induction Ball. Contact Main Street Calumet at (906) 337-6246 for more information.

August 17
11:00 am – Main Street Calumet’s Heritage Celebration parade

11:30 am – 5:00 pm – Agassiz Park, Heritage Celebration & Craft Fair

August 22
7 PM – Calumet Art Center, The 1913 Strike Singers will provide an evening of labor music for the Fourth Thursday in History event.  The performance is entitled  All the News That’s Fit to Sing: Verses from the 1913-14 Copper Strike Newspapers

August 27
6 pm – Keweenaw Heritage Center (in the former St. Anne’s Church), Calumet, Dr. Larry Lankton, Professor Emeritus from Michigan Tech, will present a talk on his experiences in the history field, “Lessons Learned: 35 Years of Doing Keweenaw History”

September 21
11:00 am (doors at 10:00 am), Albert Paine Memorial United Methodist Church in Painesdale, The Painesdale Mine and Shaft is hosting a 1913 Strike Centennial Commemoration event that will feature talks by Michigan House Representative Scott Dianda and local historian and author Gary Kaunonen. Color Guard will be provided by the VFW Ranger Post 6165 and after the speakers there will be snacks and a tour of the #4 shaft, the Captain’s office, and the hoist house. This event is free and open to the public.

5:00-8:00 pm, Copper Island Beach Club, 101 Navy Street in Hancock, The producers, cast and crew of the dance/drama “For They Are Women’s Children” will host a reception to launch their Kickstarter project in support of the upcoming performances. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

September 23
7:00 pm, Finnish American Heritage Center, The FAHC will host a reading of of Eelu Kiviranta’s poem, “The Copper Country Strike of 1913.” Coffee and discussion to follow the reading. This event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact the Finnish American Heritage Center at (906) 487-7505.

September 26
7:00 pm, the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Visitor Center, the Keweenaw National Historical Park’s Fourth Thursday in History series will feature a talk on Ontonagon and the 1913-1914 strike. Once you enter the park, follow the signs to the Visitor Center, which is located at 33303 Headquarters Road, west of Silver City, Michigan. It is free and open to the public. For further information contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at (906) 337-3168 or check the web at www.nps.gov/kewe.

October 16
6:30 pm, Calumet Public School Library, The 1913 Strike Singers will perform a concert.

October 24
7:00 pm, Calumet High School Commons Area, Keweenaw National Historical Park presents Archaeology of the Italian Hall Memorial Site.  Dr. Timothy Scarlett, director of Michigan Technological University’s Industrial Heritage and Archaeology Program, will explain how MTU industrial archaeology students helped the NPS staff in preparations for the 100-year anniversary of the Italian Hall disaster.

October 24-26
Exact date and time to be determined, Writing Across The Peninsula Conference, at Michigan Tech. The 1913 Strike Singers will perform at the conference, performance information not yet determined.

October 25
7:30 pm, Calumet Theatre, Stage show “For They Are Women’s Children,” a dramatic, dance performance based on the 1913 copper strike, directed by Donna Armistead.  For ticket information call the Calumet Theatre box office at (906) 337-2610.

October 26
2:00 pm, DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University, Film Screening of 1913 Massacre. The filmmakers will be present for a Q & A and discussion after the screening.  For more information please contact the museum at (906) 227-2235.

October 27
2:00 pm, Calumet Theatre, Stage show “For They Are Women’s Children,” a dramatic, dance performance based on the 1913 copper strike, directed by Donna Armistead.  For ticket information call the Calumet Theatre box office at (906) 337-2610.

November 9
7:30 pm – Calumet Theatre, Experience “1913 Calumet” in Music with the Superior Wind Symphony. In “1913 Re-visited” the Superior Wind Symphony looks at the year 1913 from a wind music perspective, with the advantage of hindsight. See the Superior Wind Symphony, under the direction of Mike Christianson, as they take a musical tour of the historic year of 1913.  To receive tickets, call 487-2073, go online, or visit Ticketing Operations at Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex (SDC).

December 6
7:00 pm – Calumet Theatre, Film Screening, Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913.  Admission is free, although donations will be accepted to benefit the MTU Archives and the Calumet Theatre.  For other information please call the box office at (906) 337-2610.

December 14
1:00 pm – Calumet Theatre, Play, “1913 Copper Miners Strike Play” by playwright Stever Feffer will debut. Tickets are free to the public. For more information please contact the Calumet Theatre box office at (906) 337-2610

December 14
7:30 pm – Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette, Concert, The Marquette Symphony Orchestra will debut an original composition by Thomas Lavoy, “A Child’s Requiem,” which is based on the Italian Hall disaster of 1913.  Tickets available at the NMU EZ-Ticket outlets located in the Superior Dome or Forest Roberts Theatre box office. Phone Orders can be directed to 906-227-1032 and online orders are possible through http://www.nmu.edu/tickets. Tickets may also be available at the door prior to the show if seating is still available.

December 19
6:00-8:00 pm, concert at 6:30 – Holiday Open House at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton. The 1913 Strike Singers will perform a concert and there will be exhibits. Free and open to the public.

December 24
3:30 pm – Centennial Ceremony at the Italian Hall memorial site in Calumet, Michigan. A ceremonial reading of the names, hymns, and luminaries will come together to commemorate those who perished in 1913’s Italian Hall disaster.  The Village of Calumet, Calumet Township, the Calumet Rotary, Main Street Calumet, and the Keweenaw National Historical Park coordinated to make this ceremony possible.

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