Superiorland Yesterdays

EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by the reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

30 years ago

MARQUETTE — Terrance Heldreth plans to see and do as much as he possibly can during a year-long trip to West Germany that starts in July. I’m looking forward to seeing what I can,” said Heldreth, a junior at Marquette Senior High School who will spend his senior year in West Germany as part of a foreign exchange program. Heldreth is one of 12 students from Michigan chosen to participate in Congress/Bundestag Youth Exchange Program co-sponsored by congress and its overseas counterpart — the West German Bundestag. MSHS students have qualified for the program for three consecutive years. Kevin Bohnsack, a junior from Marquette, is living there now, and Elizabeth Grenke was in West Germany in 1987-88. While in Germany, the students will attend a German language instruction program and enroll in high school. The trip will offer an opportunity to learn about another country, its people, and its language. “It’s an experience that can’t be measured by academic credits,” said Dirk Ahlers, Heldreth’s German teacher, adding that it’s “crucial” for Americans to be orientated to the rest of the world, not only for business and economic reasons, but to deepen mutual understanding.

60 years ago

NEGAUNEE — Another milestone will be observed by the Negaunee Male Chorus tonight when the organization — oldest vocal unit in the Upper Peninsula — presents its 29th annual spring concert in the Negaunee High School auditorium. It was back in 1929 that the group was organized as a “Depression” activity to help occupy the leisure time of male residents of the community. Originally a Negaunee activity, the chorus has numbered numerous residents of Ishpeming among its members in the last decade.