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Family Dollar repairs, donates historic property for community cultural center in Calumet

Pictured are a few of the cast members who have performed in the live recordings of the Red Jacket Jamboree radio program. From left are Ralph Horvath, Carrie Biolo, Martin Achatz and Lena Dorey. (RPM photo)

By Real People Media with Deborah K. Frontiera
When a portion of the roof collapsed on the historic Woolworth building in downtown Calumet this past March, sending shards of glass into Fifth Street, residents were heartbroken as the 7,500 square foot building, located at 215 Fifth Street, within the heart of Calumet’s business district and the Keweenaw Na-tional Historical Park, seemed fated for demolition.
However, no one was more heartbroken than Rebecca Glotfelty, executive director of the nonprofit Real People Media, (RPM). That’s because the Family Dollar Corporation, owners of the building, had sent an email to Glotfelty just a few months before, promising to donate the building to Real People Media for a community cultural center.
Family Dollar vacated the building in 2016 when it moved to a new Calumet location. Now the fate of the building was in question.
“We had spent two years researching the feasibility of the center and had commissioned U of M architect McLain Clutter to help us with our vision for the center,” said Glotfelty. “We were completely disheartened when we discovered the roof had collapsed.”
Not one to give up easily, Glotfelty shared RPM’s situation with then Calumet village manager, Joe Snow, who sent letters to Family Dollar asking them not to tear down the building but instead use the money slated for teardown to repair the roof and continue with the donation to Real People Media…

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For more information about Real People Media or to learn how you may donate to the Center visit: www.real-peoplemedia.org. or www.redjacketjamboree.org. at 215 Fifth Street, P.O. Box 381, Calumet, MI 49913, ph. (231) 838-6460.

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