Day: June 24, 2013

Cliff Mine Summer 2013

Cliff Mine Blog 2013

Excellent Keweenaw Summer

Final Open House Weekend for 2013

Prepared for your visit to the Cliff?

Rainy Friday

Remaining public tours scheduled for 2013

FIeld School, Week 3: Getting Started in Clifton

In the Trenches, Part II

Working in the Trenches!

Field School Week 3: Where to Dig? And Why?

June 17, 2013: Sunday’s Open House

June 16th: Father’s Day Open House

June 15, 2013: Rainy Open House Morning

Field School Week 2: Mapping and Context

Tours Announced: MTU story

Field School Week 1: Geology and Snow in the Woods!

Fieldwork is underway!

Visit the Cliff Mine Archeology Project Blog


Larry Lankton at Italian Hall Ceremony

Larry Lankton Italian HallCeremony conducted at Italian Hall site

Giving the historical perspective for the tragedy was Larry Lankton, professor emeritus of 19th century industrial history at Michigan Technological University.

Lankton said at the time of the 1913-14 copper strike, Finns were the largest foreign-born ethnic group in Houghton County and the fourth largest ethnic group working the copper mines in Calumet. Many mine bosses didn’t like the Finns, which often made life difficult for them.

“I think you would have found things less inviting,” he said.

At the time of the strike, Lankton said the copper coming out of the Calumet & Hecla mines in and around Calumet was the lowest grade in the United States and it brought the lowest price per pound in the U.S.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Kurt Hauglie.

Videos, photos: Italian Hall Ceremony in Calumet

A large crowd gathered at the site of the 1913 Italian Hall disaster in Calumet on June 20, 2013, for a ceremony honoring the 73 victims, mostly children, who who were crushed to death in the stairwell of the Italian Hall when someone yelled “Fire” — a false alarm — during a Dec. 24, 1913, Christmas Party for the children of striking miners.

Read more and watch video at Keweenaw Now, by Michele Bordieu.