CASPIAN—The Iron County Museum was recently awarded a mini-grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA).
The grant will help to provide a number of special activities, events and exhibitions this spring and summer.
From April through July, museum staff and volunteers will conduct oral history interviews from some of the “wonderful women” in Iron County who were prominent during the past 70 years. The interviews as well as researched stories will be preserved in notebooks placed in the archives of the six Iron County museums. In May, West Iron County sixth grade students will enjoy learning about lumberjacks and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) from Bill Jamerson of Marquette, who will tell the stories and share some of their songs as he plays his guitar. As part of the annual Scandinavian Log Cabin Day celebration, Saturday, June 23, Maggie Scheffer will role-play a woman who lives in the Beechwood Log Cabin.
“Then on Aug. 12, we will celebrate Italian Heritage Day,” said a spokesperson. A special exhibition of mannequins dressed as some of the “wonderful women” in Iron County will be arranged in Heritage Hall for visitors to enjoy along with the dance music of Richie Stanek and the Vansmen Band.
The MCACA mini-grant program administered by the Copper Country Community Arts Council (CCCAC) helps to provide an opportunity for both Upper Peninsula residents and visitors – adults and children – to learn about Iron County’s rich cultural heritage through the arts, artists, stories and music, said the spokesperson.
Additional information about these special events can be found on the museum’s website www.ironcountyhistoricalmuseum.org or by contacting the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org.