August 16 Meeting for 1913 Strike Centennial

A public meeting at the Houghton Township Community Room in Eagle River at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 16, will discuss activities to mark the centennial of the 1913 Michigan copper miners’ strike. The nearly year-long strike by members of the Western Federation of Miners is one of the most significant events in Copper Country history and also figures critically in national labor struggles of the era.

The meeting is intended to confirm specific events during the commemoration. Historical exhibits, speakers’ events, tie-in activities for K-12 students, tours of historic sites connected to the strike, a scholarly symposium on historical topics, a memorial ceremony at the Italian Hall site, and other activities will engage both local residents and out-of-town visitors in remembering and understanding this important era in local history.

An additional meeting is scheduled at the Ontonagon Theatre in Ontonagon at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 15. All meetings are free and open to the general public. For more information contact the Michigan Tech Archives at 906-487-2505, e-mail at, or visit