Category: Events

Lankton to Narrate on History During Cruise

Keweenaw Waterway
Keweenaw Waterway photo courtesy of the Michigan Tech College of Engineering.

The Life of a Lake: the Geologic and Human History of the Keweenaw Waterway

Take in the Keweenaw’s famous fall colors aboard the Isle Royale Queen IV as Michigan Tech Professors Emeriti Larry Lankton and Bill Rose narrate this cruise to Keweenaw Bay and the historic Jacobsville sandstone quarry and lighthouse. It takes place Saturday, Oct. 5, 2-3:30 p.m. (check in at 1:30), Houghton waterfront west of the bridge, across from Aspirus Keweenaw Medical Arts building. It is also a fundraiser for the Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association, $25 ($20 IRKPA members). Reservations recommended: space is limited, and these speakers are popular. Purchase tickets online at Isle Royale and Keweenaw, call 482-7860, or email Any unsold tickets will go on sale at the dock at 1:00 PM on October 5.

Read more at Tech Today.

SocSci BrownBag: Think Digital: Photogrammetry on Cultural Heritage Documentation

Social Science Brown Bag Speaker Series

Friday, September 27, 2013, Academic Office Building, Room 201.

Jorge Garcia Fernández will present:
Think Digital: Photogrammetry on Cultural Heritage Documentation

The new capacities and potentialities of digital culture are still unfulfilled in various disciplines. In particular, the use of Digital Photogrammetry linked to Cultural Heritage documentation, interpretation, and communication processes is starting to be seen not only as a tool, but also as a new intervention method. This new approach is bringing big gains in accuracy, applicability, and affordability in the CH field.

Jorge Garcia Fernández is a Architect and PhD Candidate, Laboratorio de Fotogrametría Arquitectónica, ETS Arquitectura Universidad de Valladolid, Spain

Mary Durfee and MindTrekkers

Parade of Nations
Parade of Nations

As the representatives of some sixty nations were lining up in Hancock for the Parade of Nations, the sun came out and it was starting to warm up.

Nearby, Social Sciences Professor Mary Durfee was gathered with a group of students from Malta. They are attempting to create the first international chapter of MindTrekkers, that fantastic traveling science demonstration that has enthralled school kids around the Midwest and in DC.

Read more at Here, There, and Everywhere in TechAlum Newsletter, by Dennis Walikainen.

Lankton to Present for Hancock Anniversary


Celebrating 150 years
Events marking Hancock’s sesquicentennial year continue

The celebration for the 150th anniversary of Hancock has included talks and presentations on subjects such migration, influential people and significant events, and the next four months will include a continuation of those concepts.

On Oct. 8, Anderson said local historian Larry Lankton will give a talk at the FAHC (Finlandia’s Finnish American Heritage Center) on Hancock’s contribution to the development of the Portage Lake region.

“We had a lot of industry in the city, too,” he said.

There were saw mills and other industrial businesses, many of which supported the copper mines.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Kurt Hauglie.

Pat Martin Delivers Keynote in Ironbridge

Iron BridgePatrick Martin (SS) delivered one of the keynote addresses at a recent conference in Ironbridge, Shropshire, United Kingdom. Called “Rust, Regeneration and Romance“, this interdisciplinary conference was held in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, home of the world’s first cast iron bridge and site of the first successful smelting of iron using coke. Martin’s presentation was entitled “American Iron and Steel: Evolving Cultural Landscapes.”

From Tech Today.

Summer Digging

Cliff Mine Map
Cliff Mine Map

We toured the latest dig of the social sciences department’s industrial archeology program at the Cliff Mine recently.

They continued to work on the town of Clifton, across the road from the main industrial site.

We started out at what they think was an old slaughterhouse, complete with animal bones, as MS student Rob Anthony filled in the details for us.

Read more at TechAlum Newsletter, by Dennis Walikainen.