Grant to help IC Museum’s summer programming

CASPIAN—The Iron County Museum was awarded two mini-grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA).
    One, a $940 professional development grant will help cover costs for two people to attend the State History Conference in Sterling Heights. The other, a $4,000 grant, will help the museum develop and present three summer programs.
    “The Way We Were” is the theme for the museum’s 2017 summer season. Plans are to compose and present three programs sharing stories and movies of life in Iron County from 1940-1960.
    The first program will feature life in Beechwood. A presentation of the slides will be the main feature. A large display of painting by local artist and Beechwood resident Dorothy Henriksen Javoroski will accompany the presentation.
    In July, the program will feature stories about local baseball and football teams. A large part of the grant money will enable the museum to have old sports movies and slides digitized so they can be shown on the museum’s movie-size screen. The sports exhibit will feature memorabilia telling the story of Iron River High School taking home the Michigan state football championship.
    Underground iron ore mining will be the story topic for the August program.  Location living, specific mines and notebooks filled with the names of the men who worked in the mines all will help tell some of the story.
    “It is only with the help of our wonderful staff, volunteers and MCACA grants that the museum is able to share with you these wonderful stories, arts and artifacts,” said Administrative Museum Director Bernadette Coates Passamani.