Iron County museum receives mini-grant

CASPIAN — The Iron County Historical Museum in Caspian recently received a $2,155 mini-grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs to help with funding some of the projects and programs that the museum will offer this summer.

The museum turned 50 years old in 2018 and the 2019 programs will provide an opportunity for the museum staff and guests to take some time for looking back.

The major project in the grant will be a large painting done by local artist, Amy Brzoznowski. The seven panels of the painting will feature only a few of the uncountable artifacts and buildings that comprise the Museum today.

The paintings will complete a multi-year project to fill the beams in the Museum’s Heritage Hall with local art telling the county’s cultural history.

It was very difficult to select only five program stories to feature in this looking back at the history of the Iron County Historical Museum. Grant money will also help sponsor five monthly programs the last Wednesday of the month. In late May, Bobby Bullet and Pamela Nesbit will present a musical program; in June Bill Jamerson will share the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC); in July, the program will take a look at attending early Iron County schools; the program in August will feature railroads and the final program in September will focus on Mining Location Living.

With guidance and support from Copper Country Council Arts and Cultural Affairs in obtaining this MCACA mini-grant, the Iron County Historical Museum will be looking back this summer.