WW1 & The Copper Country
105 Huron Street
Houghton, MI 49931 (906) 482-7140
World War I & the Copper Country (WW1CC) is a community-wide commemoration of the Copper Country’s (Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, and Ontonagon counties) participation in the First World War. The project is a grant-supported collaboration of exhibits and events to be provided for free to the public from June 21 to November 11, 2018. This project’s partners include Michigan Technological University, the Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw, and Finlandia University.
A multifaceted cultural program commemorating the local experience of and participation in World War I, WW1CC brings together local and regional residents, students, veterans, academics, and historic preservation professionals interested in the U.P. Copper Country’s role in the Great War. Through a series of historical exhibits, lectures, discussions, film screenings, media installations, and performing and visual arts events, the program examines the integral part played by small town rural communities in the conflict, as well as the war’s social, economic, and cultural impacts and legacies on family and community life. In addition to raising awareness about the Great War’s significance as a geopolitical world event, we hope WW1CC’s program of exhibits and events will promote conversation and critical reflection on a wide range of discourses concerning war; for example, the nature and meaning of war, the human experience of war, war’s memory, community and wartime crisis, international conflict and resolution, and recovery and restoration in war’s aftermath.
Original research on local community records and artifacts (personal letters, scrapbooks, photos, art, newspaper clippings, military papers, and material objects, ephemera, etc.) will be exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw, Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center, and the J.R. Van Pelt & Opie Library at Michigan Tech.