‘The Origins of Wildlife Photography’
MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center has opened a new display, “The Origins of Wildlife Photography.”
As part of the Main Gallery, it is scheduled to be on display for five years. The display was made possible due to the John H. Hammer family lending the Center his photographic equipment.
John H. Hammer and George Shiras the 3rd invented the equipment and methods for day and nighttime photography of wildlife. The display includes equipment, prototypes and original patents. While many in Marquette are familiar with the images Shiras took, few have heard of the partnership with John Hammer which made them possible.
John H. Hammer, inventor of the flash attachments for night time photography, was born in Cristiana, Norway, in 1859. He emigrated from Oslo, Norway, in 1881 after working in an optical factory. In the U.S, he settled in Detroit where he met his future wife, Jenny Grundholm. They moved to Marquette around 1885 where he was employed in an engine works. There he gained valuable experience in fabrication and logistics.
Hammer met George Shiras the 3rd in Marquette around 1897. Shiras was an attorney and naturalist. They formed a bond of friendship, trust and employment that lasted over 45 years, until Shiras’ death in 1942.
Shiras and Hammer developed methods for animals to take their own picture: larger animals by trip wire, smaller animals by using a baited wire. They took photos of animals at night and added a second camera to get the animals’ reaction to the flash.
Hammer held two patents in the U.S. as well as patents in Canada, France, England and Germany.
Blood drive held in Munising
MUNISING — The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of UPHSM, will hold a blood drive on Monday at Munising Memorial Hospital, Munising, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. For an appointment call Larry Hach at 906-202-0844.
Paul Albert speaks at Lions Club
MARQUETTE — On Monday, city arborist Paul Albert will give his talk, “Park Cemetery: As Beautiful a Spot As One Can Desire To See” to the Marquette Lions Club.
This meeting will take place at the Federated Woman’s Clubhouse on the corner of West Ridge and Front streets and begins at 6:30pm. The public is encouraged to attend.
Legion officer holds office hours
MARQUETTE — American Legion Department Service Officer Theresa Casteel will be at Post 44 in Marquette from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Post 44 is located at 700 W. Bluff St.
Casteel is there to assist veterans or family members with claim preparation, presentation and appeal counsel. She is available to assist all veterans at no cost to them.
UPECC Celebrate the UP programs
MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Environmental Council’s Celebrate the UP! 2017 programs are planned March 21, 22, 24 and 25.
The schedule is:
≤ Dancing for the Earth, 7 p.m., Presque Isle Park Pavilion. An benefit to support the work of UPEC’s Mining Action Group. Carrie Biolo and Maria Formolo explore the elements of the U.P. winter wonderland through dance, sound, movement and visual imagery.
≤ Putting Wetlands into Words, 6-8 p.m., Federation of Women’s Clubhouse. Poetry reading inspired by paintings and photographs of the Wildcat Canyon Creek and Mulligan Creek wetlands.
≤ Sing the Wild UP! Songwriting competition winners perform, 6-8 p.m., Ore Dock Brewing Co.
≤ Keynote address, 9-10 a.m., Writer and naturalist John Bates presents “Spirit of Place and Learning to be Home” at Federation of Women’s Clubhouse
≤ Presentations from 10:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Peter White Public Library, Federation of Women’s Clubhouse and The Landmark Inn
≤ Afternoon children’s and parents program, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Federation of Women’s Clubhouse
≤ Book discussion: “Half-Earth” by E.O. Wilson, 11:30 a.m., Peter White Public Library
≤ Panel discussion, 4 p.m., Federation of Women’s Clubhouse, with reception following.
For more information, visit www.upenvironment.org