Monday, June 06, 2011

Carnegie Museum to host traveling exhibit, presentation on Keweenaw photographer J. W. Nara

HOUGHTON -- "Michigan's Copper Country Through the Lens of J.W. Nara" is a traveling exhibit created by Michigan Tech Archives that explores the life and times of Calumet photographer J.W. Nara. The exhibit is currently on display at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton through Tuesday, July 5.

Erik Nordberg, University Archivist at Michigan Tech Archives, will give an illustrated presentation on the exhibit -- which features dozens of historical photographs of the Keweenaw -- at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at the Carnegie Museum. The public is invited and admission is free.

Born in Finland in 1874, John William Nara later immigrated to the United States and established a photographic studio in Calumet, Michigan, in the heart of America's most productive copper mining region. In addition to posed studio portraits, J.W. Nara's lens also captured the people, place, and time he experienced in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. Copper mining and industry are an important part of the story; but Nara also captured the Keweenaw's rural landscape, including local farms, shorelines, lighthouses, and pastoral back roads.

For more information on the exhibit, contact the Michigan Tech Archives at 906-487- 2505 or via e-mail at or the Carnegie Museum at 906-482-7140 or email

Carnegie Museum Current Exhibits also include the following: "Golden Anniversary of the Portage Lift Bridge," a brief history of the bridges that have crossed the Portage; "Building Bridges," a hands-on look at engineering bridges; and "A Stroll Down Shelden Avenue: Commercial Development of Downtown Houghton 1852-1910."

Located on the corner of Huron and Montezuma in historic downtown Houghton, the Carnegie Museum is open Tuesdays and Thursdays noon - 5 and Saturdays noon - 4. Parking is available behind the building or in the City lot across Montezuma Avenue. Free admission. "Like" us on Facebook for updates on exhibits, events, and activities!

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