Photo courtesy of Reino and Elaine Lintula
The Marquette Regional History Center will present “Working as Though For Their Self: The Archaeology of Cordwood Choppers’ Everyday Life” at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, June 1, at the center. Dr. LouAnn Wurst, professor of industrial archaeology and heritage program at Michigan Technological University, will be part of this presentation. Archaeologists from MTU have excavated five sites occupied by cordwood choppers and their families who worked for Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company. These sites, currently in the Hiawatha National Forest, date from 1900 to 1935. The excavations recovered thousands of ceramic, bottle and can fragments, animal bones, and many personal items that help in understanding the choppers’ everyday life and how these camps changed over time. A $5 donation is suggested. For more information, call 906-226-3571 or visit marquettehistory.org.