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Historical Society Wins State Award

June 27, 2015

IRONWOOD - The Negaunee Historical Society won top honors at the 2015 Historical Society of Michigan's 66th annual Upper Peninsula History Conference in Ironwood. Established by the Historical Society of Michigan in 2006, The Superior Award, which recognizes the achievements of historical societies, museums and other history-related organizations, was awarded to the Negaunee Historical Society. This award was presented for its outstanding effort to preserve and promote the history of the Upper Peninsula during the Awards Banquet that took place June 27 at Tacconelli's downtown Ironwood.

The 2015 Superior Award recipient has accomplished much since its founding in the early 1980's. The Negaunee Historical Society established and now successfully runs a museum honoring the heritage of its community, the release said. "The museum offers extensive displays ranging from mining, sports, military and businesses to Native American artifacts and household items," the release said. "Various educational programs are also offered throughout the year for the young and the young at heart to learn and explore the community's rich cultural history."

The Historical Society of Michigan was founded in 1828 by territorial governor Lewis Cass and explorer Henry Schoolcraft. A nongovernmental nonprofit, the society focuses on publications, conferences, education, awards and recognition programming, and support for local history organizations to preserve and promote Michigan's history, according to the release.

Why History Matters?

Negaunee Historical Society

August 4, 2015

How can we possibly know where we are going, if we don't know where we've been? History matters because it often repeats itself and we can learn from this. It preserves our heritage for all who follow - here and in the future. History is important because it gives you an idea of where you came from and some pride in the people that came before. It also lets you know how they solved problems that are similar to the ones we're struggling with now. We appreciate learning the background of all different aspects of our life, our town and our state. This knowledge helps us to understand were we started, to becoming what we are today and where we will go tomorrow. We find it interesting what happened in the past and we like to compare it to current events. Hopefully, this comparison can prevent mistakes of the past from occurring again.

We like seeing items that our grandparents had and remembering a bit of the past when we see them. Memories!! No cars, no lights, no television, no computers, and diseases that we weren't even aware of takes us back in history. How did our grandparents and parents cope without all the luxuries? Take the time and look back at Negaunee during the past 150 years. Compare the living conditions of families then and realize how fortunate we are now. Imagine our style of life 25 years from today. Be prepared for the unexpected because it will sneak up on us before we actually realize "Why History Matters".

Information provided by members of the Negaunee Historical Society - Laura Jandron, Suzanne Morris, Jeanne Sandstorm, Steve Perucco, Theresa Rinehart and Ronald Koski

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