Irish copper miner presentation

MARQUETTE — The Forsyth Township Historical Society will present Irish Copper Miners in the Michigan Copper Country, 1845-1900, featuring speaker William H. Mulligan Jr., at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15 at the Gwinn Clubhouse, on Maple Street in Gwinn.

Admission is free for society members and students, and $2 for others.

Mulligan, recently retired from Murray State University in Kentucky, will discuss the role of Irish immigrants in the growth of copper mining in the Keeweenaw. Mining developed rapidly after 1845 and Irish miners, initially originating from County Tipperary and later from the Beara Peninsula of West Cork, were among the earliest arrivals and continued to be a significant part of the mining workforce and the community through World War I.

Additionally the talk will discuss how language differences between the two groups affected each in their adjustment to life in America.

For more information contact Rick Wills at 346-5413 or by email at rpwills@yahoo.com.


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