Arts & Culture

Iron Ore Heritage Trail tours planned in July

Jun 29, 2015

NEGAUNEE, MI (AP)--   Bike tours are planned next month along a trail network that connects historic sites across the Marquette Iron Range. 

The tours hosted by the Michigan Iron Industry Museum take place July 10th, 17th and 24th.

The tours begin at the museum and then follow along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, which highlights historic sites and human stories from the area.

Danielle Simandl

Hans Ahlstrom speaks with SSA Executive Director Danielle Simandl and members of the SSA Chamber Players about this year's youth camp and tour.

MUNISING, MI--   Congressman Dan Benishek has rededicated the Munising Post Office to a woman who was an integral part of the community in the early 20th century.  

Elizabeth L. Kinnunen moved to the area from Finland in 1903 and married her husband Oscar in 1909.  They operated a boarding house for miners in Marquette before they moved to Munising. 

Kinnunen had 11 children.  Three of them served in the military and two died in war. 

Humanities grants given to several MI projects

May 26, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Humanities Council has announced nearly $600,000 in grants to 26 Michigan organizations to help promote cultural understanding.

The money represents the first round of funding for the Heritage Grants program, which supports projects that bring authentic voices of cultural groups to the foreground. It also seeks to help Michigan residents understand cultural differences by sharing local stories about race and cultural history.

Does your tree have what it takes?

May 25, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The planting season has begun, and so has the planning season for Michigan's next Christmas tree.  

The Department of Technology, Management and Budget has announced that it's looking for a 65-foot spruce or fir and is taking nominations. The tree that's selected will be cut down and displayed on the front lawn of the Capitol starting in November.

A tree-lighting takes place as part of the annual Silver Bells in the City celebration.