Museum to host events for Caspian centennial

CASPIAN — As Caspian celebrates its 100th birthday, there will be two opportunities to travel back in time to relive the history of the centennial city.

First, the Iron County Historical Museum will host a power-point program titled “Caspian, the Caring City” tonight at 7.

Starting with the background of the mines and mining activities in Palatka, one of the earliest area mining villages, the story tells much about the caring concerns of Caspian residents through the years, how they were handled, and the results in 2018.

Doors to the museum will open at 6:30 p.m. for this “Caspian the Caring City” program that is sponsored by the Iron County Museum with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Attendees are urged to come early or to stay late in order to view the special exhibition of “Ghost Towns of the Upper Peninsula” that is also on display in the Bernhardt Cultural Center.

A donation of $5 per person, children free, is requested.

At 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the museum, there will be the sharing of memories at the Round Table. The theme is “I Remember.” The open discussion will allow residents and visitors to participate in the exchange of stories — some of them expected to be unique — about Caspian.

According to event organizer and Caspian native Karen Dobson, the goal of the Round Table is allow everyone the chance to share.

“We have divided Caspian geographically. The divisions will be Old Caspian, Berkshire location and Palatka, Dober Location, Caspian Hill, Caspian south of Baltic Avenue and north of the river, Caspian south of Baltic Avenue and south of the river, and Caspian north of Baltic Avenue.”

There is at least one unique feature — but probably more — of each area. Old Caspian is home to the Verona Club House, for instance. Berkshire was near the Palatka School. Caspian Hill had the ski slide. The Dober had Mottes’ store. On the south side of Caspian, there was the Community Center. The north side of Caspian had the business district.

Caspianites — past and present — likely have tales to tell about each of the areas, and will be encouraged to share them during the program.

Dobson said Caspian native Bill Leonoff will moderate the “I Remember” event.

The Museum will provide refreshments for the event, and throughout the centennial.