Tag Archives: Pam Christensen

Barnum Street holds Anatomy connections

by Pam Christensen Ishpeming’s Barnum Street is only four blocks long, but it has made an indelible mark on the history of Marquette County. John D. Voelker was born at 205 Barnum in 1903. John Pepin grew up at 321 Barnum. Voelker lived to the ripe old age of eighty-seven, while Pepin has achieved about half […]

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 ‘Extra’ remembers Anatomy experience

by Pam Christensen Marquette County will be celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the filming of Anatomy of a Murder beginning May 7 and 8 with activities at Mt. Shasta in Michigamme. Activities in Ishpeming, Marquette and Big Bay will follow. Many area residents have fond memories of the filming of the movie, seeing big name […]

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Program addresses mental illness

by Pam Christensen The magnitude of mental illness in the United States is staggering. The surgeon general reports one in five Americans experiences a mental disorder in any given year, and half of all Americans will develop a disorder at some time during their lives life. When you consider these statistics, it is clear that mental […]

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Million penny project reaches happy ending

by Pam Christensen How long does it take to collect one million pennies? That is the question the staff of the Peter White Public Library (PWPL) posed in August 2001. As it turns out, the answer is about seven years. PWPL hosted “Go Figure,” a traveling exhibit that demonstrates how math concepts are integrated into […]

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Helen Longyear Paul: a woman of vision

by Pam Christensen Helen Longyear Paul was the second daughter and fourth child of John Munro and Mary Beecher Longyear. Born on January 20, 1885, she passed away on October 30, 1960. Despite the fact that she has been gone for almost fifty years, the legacy of this amazing woman still is shaping Marquette. Her death […]

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Glimpse of the past gives insight into lives of area founding fathers

by Pam Christensen Mehitable Everett said, “It often brightens the present to look on the past.” This quote has been taken to heart by Mrs. Everett’s great-grandson Frank B. Stone, author of Philo Marshall Everett, Father of Michigan’s Iron Industry and the Founder of the City of Marquette. Stone himself has seen a lot of […]

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Arts & Humanities

   Good things come in small packages by Pam Christensen The adage “Good things come in small packages” is true when speaking of Dorothy Boyer. Dorothy was born in September 1910 in Ironwood. She died in Mason at the age of ninety-seven. Despite her diminutive size, she made a huge impact on lives she touched. […]

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Marquette tries millage for senior funding, by Pam Christensen

Marquette tries millage for senior funding One of the Marquette area’s best-kept secrets is the Marquette Senior Center, located at 300 West Spring Street, below the Baraga Gym. The center serves residents older than sixty, and that may be one of the reasons it is such a well kept secret—people younger than sixty haven’t heard […]

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How a library gets its books, by Pam Christensen

The Peter White Public Library (PWPL) has more than 200,000 items on its shelves. Where do all of those items come from? People frequently wonder how libraries get books, newspapers, magazines, compact discs and books on tape or disc. Unfortunately, just like you and I, the library purchases these items. Last year, PWPL added almost […]

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Peter White Punch: A practical application, by Pam Christensen

According to the book The Honorable Peter White, no visit to the White home was complete without a toast of Peter White Punch. There are a variety of recipes for the punch, but all contain the same basic ingredients, some of which can be a challenge to procure today. The production of the punch reminds […]

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Hemingway celebrated in Great Michigan Read

by Pam Christensen The Peter White Public Library recently received a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council to participate in The Great Michigan Read. This statewide program is a community-reading program focused on a single literary masterpiece—Ernest Hemingway’s The Nick Adams Stories. The Great Michigan Read encourages everyone in the state to read the same […]

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Quilt brings presidential spirit to library, by Pam Christensen

The spirit of Abraham Lincoln lives at Peter White Public Library. This may come as a surprise because Lincoln is not generally associated with the Upper Peninsula. He more often is tied to Kentucky and Illinois. Nevertheless, Lincoln has made a home at PWPL for the past several years due to the generosity of Ike […]

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Local shopping locations offer unique gifts, by Pam Christensen

Local shopping locations offer unique gifts Whether you like it or not, holiday shopping season is here. Shoppers fall into several categories: those who love to shop, those who hate to shop and those who are indifferent. No matter which category fits you, the shopping experience can make or break your holiday spirit. Shopping off […]

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Misplaced library book tells its own story, by Pam Christensen

May 23, 1921 was the last time the book Meteorology, Weather and Methods of Forecasting by Thomas Russell left the Peter White Public Library. For the past eighty-six years, the book has been languishing, most likely unread, at the home of Florence “Puv” Lowney Blair. How did the book, published in 1895, find its way […]

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Race for bikers of all shapes and sizes, by Pam Christensen

Just over eight years ago, Scott Tuma and Rich Uren put their heads together and dreamed up a mountain bike race to showcase Marquette County. The Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic was born. Ore to Shore is Michigan’s largest mass-start, point-to-point mountain bike race. Last year, almost 2,400 racers enjoyed Marquette’s scenery and hospitality. […]

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