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Carnegie Museum holding fundraiser

August 23, 2012
By GARRETT NEESE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - The Carnegie Museum in Houghton will be hosting its second annual "A Night at the Museum" event Saturday night.

The second annual event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. It raises both funds for and awareness of the museum, said museum director Elise Nelson.

"The Carnegie Museum has a relatively new board and this was the first big fundraising project of the new board last year," she said. "It was successful, so we decided to try to make it an annual event - with a twist."

Last year, that took the form of a fashion show. This time, it's a trolley ride.

The trolley will go through downtown Houghton across the bridge to Hancock, where it will stop at Temple Jacob for a brief tour of the synagogue. The trolley will then go through east Hancock and Quincy Street before returning to the museum.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there was one ticket left for the 5:15 p.m. trolley ride and four left for the 6:15 p.m.; the 7:15 p.m. is halfway sold.

A tour guide will be available for the trolley ride highlighting things seen in current museum exhibits, including Jacobsville sandstone or buildings designed by the Maass brothers.

At the museum itself, there will be live music, gourmet sweets and savories, tastings of local beer and wine and a silent auction.

Guests will also be able to look at the current museum exhibits, including a recently debuted history of Temple Jacob.

Tickets for the event are $25. They can be purchased at the museum from noon to 6 p.m. today, noon to 5 p.m. Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are also available at the Houghton City Center and the Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. They can also be bought at the door, although depending on when people come, they may not be able to get a trolley ride, Nelson said.



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