Jan 06-08

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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 07:14 am:

As we approach the final days marking a full decade of the Pasty Cam, there are many people and organizations to thank for the rich content which has appeared on these pages. Our Sunday Shoebox Memories have often been gleaned from the MTU Archives, with a wealth of visual Copper Country history. This week our friends at the Archives received some much-deserved recognition, the 2007 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History. Two of our favorite projects were cited in the award:

The Keweenaw Digital Archives
An Interior Ellis Island

The Digital Archives transport us back to the nineteenth and twentieth century, when the Keweenaw was a booming metropolis, an island of industry carved out of the north woods.

The advanced search capabilities of the Archives website enables your browser to zero in on times and places with speed and accuracy. For example, if we wanted to see other angles of the intersection on today's first picture, simply enter a few keywords and dates for quick results (Douglass House, winter, 1900-1930):


The second website may often be overlooked because of its name. It's not about the original Ellis Island out east, but rather portrays the ethnic heritage of the Copper Country as another (Interior) Ellis Island.


Our congratulations to the MTU Van Pelt Library staff, and especially to Erik Nordberg, Julia Blair, Christine Holland and all who play a role in preserving the treasure of the Archives. :o)
Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 07:14 am:

Just one additional unrelated note this morning. Many Pasty Cam regulars have been praying the last couple of months for little Ali Lewis in the Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, fighting Leukemia. She had improved around New Year's Eve, but this weekend has taken a turn for the worse. Also say a little prayer for wisdom and strength to make it through the day for her mom and dad Ben and Sharon, and for Ali's brother Bennie.

By Snowman (Snowman) on Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 07:56 am:

Charlie, thank you.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 08:03 am:

I will add Ali and her family to our prayer list at church this

By Keith in Kansas (Keithinks) on Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 09:23 am:

Congratulations to the MTU Archives on this outstanding recognition! If you are doing genealogical research, the MTU Archives is an awesome resource! Contained in its collection is a great collection of local newspapers. If you have ancestors who were involved with the Co-op movement, I have found the Co-operative Builder collection to be a treasure trove of information. You can also find some mining employment records there, like this one they had from Calumet & Hecla on my great-grandfather: http://gallery.pasty.com/keithinks/albuq37/img066.jpg.html

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 09:31 am:

Good Morning. Thank you for the links, especially to the Interior Ellis Island, Charlie.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to little Allie and her parents and her brother. Please give them strength, and keep little Allie comfortable!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 09:42 am:

I love today's pictures.

I think we're all praying, not only for little Ali, but for the rest of her family. I pray there will be a miracle.

By Mike (Upboundeh) on Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 09:52 am:

Little Ali and her family will be in our prayers.

By joanne sherick (Shedoesnails) on Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 09:54 am:

I agree with Deb.
I think alot of us Pasty Friends have this little
"yooper Girl" in our hearts and our prayers.
what a little fighter she is. It's so very sad.
keep praying.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 10:02 am:

Really neat photos this morning.....but looking at the first one...isn't that fella gonna have a hard time getting his sled/wagon up the hill, with opposing runners? Will say a prayer for the Lewis family. So sad.

By Mr. Bill (Mrbill) on Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 10:13 am:

Returning to today's pictures: How fortunate we are to have this repository right here in our back yard.

The Digital Archives concept affords everyone the ability to share in the wealth of this asset.

Congratulations to both Erik and staff!

By Steve Haagen (Radsrh) on Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 11:01 am:

This was posted yesterday it is another family in need of prayers from our Pasty Friends

I have some very sad news from Eagle River, WI last night we lost 16 year old Emmet K he was working this summer and contracted Blastomycosis a fungal disease of the lungs. Prayers go out to the family and high school friends, the community has pulled together to help the family at this time of need. Anyone in the area on January 15th can stop at the high school boys basketball game for a bake sale to help with medical bills and funeral expenses. Additionally local stores and banks are also helping raise funds for the family, anyone in the area that can help in anyway would greatly help the family in this time of need.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 11:42 am:

Many prayers will go out to their family as well. That is just so sad. I hate hearing news like that, but any time somebody dies it's a sad day for that particular family. Whoever knows this family, please tell them that we're remembering them in our prayers.

By Therese (Therese) on Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 12:07 pm:

Blastomyces is a terrible disease, endemic in low numbers in this area especially the eastern UP. We see one or two cases a year down here just below the bridge. Many live on or have recently visited Drummond Island. Emmet and his family are in my prayers.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 12:42 pm:

I just took out my medical book to read about it. It's very often fatal, as was in this case. There are 4 different, uncommon infections caused by fungi. It says this fungi causes disease only to people with reduced immunity. How very sad. Again, please know we are thinking about all of them.

By Daveofmohawk (Daveofmohawk) on Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 01:00 pm:

[shirlohio] The front runners on the sled are mounted on a pivot point for making turns just like the front wheels of a wagon.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 07:02 pm:

Thanks, Daveofmohawk, I sorta figured something like that. :-) Matter of fact, it looks as though he may be backing up. I love these old photos from the Archives. Thanks for the viewing pleasure, Charlie!

By Erik Nordberg, MTU Archives (Techarchives) on Monday, January 7, 2008 - 08:27 am:

Thanks, Charlie, for highlighting the websites and award. I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge a whole bunch of people who helped with the web initiatives.

Critical financial support was provided by Dr. Robert and Ruth Nara of Bootjack and the Michigan Humanities Council.

Most of the text you see about ethnic history was written by Dr. Timothy O’Neil of Central Michigan University, Edward Yarbrough of the Quincy Mine Hoist Association, and Jo Urion of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. Additional content was provided by Julia Blair, Christine Holland, and Jane Nordberg.

Most of the photos you can view online were scanned and cataloged by either MTU graduate student Scott See or Archives' scanner extraordinaire' Christine Holland. Christine adds more than 100 new images every month.

We had a lot of great input from teachers on the project, including Abe Voelker, Arthur Stancher, and Barbara Simila of the Public Schools of Calumet, Laurium & Keweenaw, Stephen Smith of the Hancock Public Schools, and Carla Strome of the Copper Country Intermediate School District.

The layout, design, and engaging graphics on the Interior Ellis Island pages were executed by Mike Stockwell at Cranking Graphics. Visit him online at http://www.crankinggraphics.com/

The layout and design of the Keweenaw Digital Archives pages were done by staff of the J.R. Van Pelt / Opie Library at Michigan Tech including Mies Martin, Mark Harris, Bryan Marino, Haihua Li, and Robert Narhi. Special thanks to library director Phyllis Johnson for her support of the project.

Be sure to visit the Keweenaw Digital Archives regularly at http://digarch.lib.mtu.edu/ as new things are being added on a daily basis.

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