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Delving into the history of Calumet

November 12, 2011
By Zach Kukkonen ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - After writing a few Keweenaw-based books, author Richard Buchko decided he wanted to do something a little bit different for his next venture.

"I wanted to do something in color," Buchko said. "And there's enough to share out here with old stories, new stories, ideas, opinions and perspectives, (I figured there was) more than enough to support a quarterly magazine."

That quarterly magazine ended up becoming "Calumet History Magazine," which Buchko has produced two issues of in spring and fall of this year. As writer, publisher and editor, Buchko produces content mostly about Calumet, although it does encompass the rest of the Copper Country occasionally.

"As the name implies, it's centered around the Calumet that is and was," Buchko said. "Calumet was not just a town back in the day; it was really a much wider community.

"It also embodies the Keweenaw itself, although it does center here (in Calumet," he continued.

The first two issues dealt with a wide range of topics and content, from the story behind the issue with the one-man drill in 1913 and an interview with author A.A. Wasek to the myths and legends of Calumet as well as an excerpt from author Steve Lehto's new book "Shortcut."

"The magazine's mostly me, but certainly anything people want to submit or contribute I'd be glad to consider it and use it," Buchko said.

The history of the area is the main focus, with stories about the 1913 strike, a feature on Herman Jewelers - the oldest family jeweler in Michigan - and Thomas Jefferson's plan to create the state of Sylvania in the Upper Peninsula. Buchko is always looking for content, especially stories from residents or students.

"It'd be great if more people just share stories," Buchko said. "They might not think anybody is interested, but if it's a good story, people will read it."

The third issue of "Calumet History Magazine" debuts Dec. 1, and will have a Christmas theme. The deadline for submission of stories, ideas and photos are Nov. 23, so people wanting to contribute are still welcome to.

The magazine is offered at Copper World, Hahn Hammered Copper, Herman Jewelers, Earthwise and Artis Books. For more information, contact Buchko at 369-0793 or



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