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Strike centennial planning meeting Thursday

August 11, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

EAGLE RIVER - A public meeting is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Houghton Township Community Room in Eagle River. Participants will discuss activities to mark the centennial of the 1913 Michigan copper miners' strike.

The nearly year-long strike by members of the Western Federation of Miners is one of the most significant events in Copper Country history and also figures critically in national labor struggles of the era.

Thursday's meeting is intended to confirm specific events during the commemoration. Historical exhibits, speakers' events, tie-in activities for K-12 students, tours of historic sites connected to the strike, a scholarly symposium on historical topics, a memorial ceremony at the Italian Hall site, and other activities will engage both local residents and out-of-town visitors in remembering and understanding this important era in local history.

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Daily Mining Gazette/Jane Nordberg
Participants discuss events to commemorate the 1913 Michigan copper miners’ strike during a centennial planning meeting July 23 at the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock.

An additional meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Ontonagon Theatre in Ontonagon.

All meetings are free and open to the general public. For more information contact the Michigan Tech Archives at 906-487-2505, e-mail at, or visit



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