Public invited to ‘Black Voices’ reception hosted by Archives

HOUGHTON – The Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections (Michigan Tech Archives) is inviting the public to a reception of the “Black Voices in the Copper Country” project. The presentation and social hour will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Van Pelt and Opie Library’s East Reading Room. The event is free. Hors d’oedeuvres and other refreshments will be served.

The reception is to celebrate the work on the “Black Voices in the Copper Country” project, which has been a year-long effort to explore African-American social history in the northwestern Upper Peninsula. Lindsay Hiltunen and project manager Martin Hobmeier will discuss their research findings and provide a preview of content that will be a part of the online exhibit, which is scheduled to launch this coming June.

“The Black Voices project provided a wonderful opportunity for the Michigan Tech Archives to gain better understanding of the primary resources we have that relate to African Americans,” Hiltunen said. “The project outcomes will be of great interest to patrons interested in starting their own research on black history in the Copper Country, especially in the mid 1800s and early 1900s.”

An in-depth historical study of African Americans in the Copper Country has not been conducted in the past, and Hiltunen is aware of its importance.

“This project will have an impact well beyond the local community,” she said. “I was able to present on our project in Baltimore in March at the National Council on Public History annual meeting and some of our research findings will be included in an exhibit at the Michigan Historical Center in Lansing.”

For more information on the project or the reception, contact the Michigan Tech Archives at (906)487-2505 or email copper@mtu.edu.

The reception is made possible in part from the Michigan Humanities Council, and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.