Monday, February 22, 2016

Carnegie Museum to host opening reception for exhibit "Black Voices in the Copper Country" Feb. 23

Members of the Michigan Tech African-American student group, 1981. (Exhibit photo courtesy Michigan Tech Archives)

HOUGHTON -- The Carnegie Museum in Houghton will host a Reception and Presentation of the exhibit "Black Voices in the Copper Country," beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. At 7 p.m. in the museum's downstairs Community Room, Lindsay Hiltunen, Michigan Tech Senior Archivist and curator of the exhibit, will talk about the exhibit, the project, and the mission of the Michigan Tech Archives.

Exhibit and program are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections recently partnered with the Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw to launch a photograph installation documenting moments in local African American history. This exhibit is part of the Black Voices in the Copper Country project, a research and outreach series developed by the Michigan Tech Archives. Designed to illuminate black social history in Michigan’s northwestern Upper Peninsula, especially Houghton and Keweenaw counties, the primary goal of this project is to inform and engage the public about the existence of historic black residents in the Copper Country and to explore how themes of community, belonging and identity evolved and changed over time, from the late 1800s to the present day. These themes are explored in both an historical and a modern context, with sights set on exploring the region generally as well as on activities and student life at the Michigan Technological University campus.

The Black Voices project is funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information about the project or the Michigan Tech Archives, please contact Lindsay Hiltunen at (906) 487-2505 or email copper@mtu.edu.

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