Thursday, September 13, 2012

1913 Copper Strike Centennial planning meeting to be in Ontonagon Sept. 15

1913 Michigan Copper Strike Centennial poster. Click on poster for larger version. (Poster courtesy Michigan Tech Archives).

HOUGHTON -- A public meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Ontonagon Theatre in Ontonagon for discussing 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.

The meeting is free and open to the general public. For more information contact the Michigan Tech Archives at 906-487-2505, e-mail, or visit

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