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L’Anse library hosts strike exhibit

March 8, 2013
By Gazette Staff , The Daily Mining Gazette

L'ANSE - "Tumult and Tragedy: Michigan's 1913-14 Copper Strike," a traveling exhibit created by the Michigan Tech Archives, is on display through March 27 at the L'Anse Area School Public Library, located in L'Anse High School. The library will be open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A special open house will take place on March 17. Jane Nordberg, managing editor for The Daily Mining Gazette, will present "Pulp and Propaganda: Newspapers in the Strike Era" at 1 p.m. The event and exhibit are free and open to the public.

The exhibit explores a turbulent period in Michigan's historic copper mining district. On July 23, 1913, members of the Western Federation of Miners took to the streets over grievances about pay and working conditions.

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The “Tumult and Tragedy: Michigan’s 1913-14 Copper Strike,” traveling exhibit is currently on display at the L’Anse Area School Public Library through March 27.

The strike was marked by violence, including the deaths of more than 70 people, mainly children during a Christmas Eve party at Calumet's Italian Hall. Local mining companies refused to recognize the union, however, and the strike finally ended in April 1914.

The conflict, sorrow, and tragedy of this confrontation between organized labor and mining companies affected local residents from all walks of life, created headlines across the nation, and continues to resonate in Michigan's Copper Country today.

The "Tumult and Tragedy" traveling exhibit consists of 12 panels and includes photographs, excerpts from newspapers, documents, and songs from the strike era.

A free giveaway brochure contains links to related web content about the 1913-14 Michigan copper strike online at 1913strike.mtu.edu.

The exhibit will remain on display at the L'Anse Area School Library through March 27 and then tour to two other locations in Houghton County. The exhibit was made possible through a $14,500 grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding was provided by Michigan Technological University, Cranking Graphics, and Dr. Robert and Ruth Nara.

For further information, contact the Michigan Tech Archives at copper@mtu.edu or 906-487-2505, or the L'Anse Area School Public Library at 906-524-6213.

 
 

 

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