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Superiorland Yesterdays

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

30 years ago

MUNISING — The Alger Area Arts Center will begin its season with an open house from 7 to 9 p.m. next Wednesday. Classical guitarist Rick Sonier will perform and refreshments will be served. The public is invited. The Arts Center, operated by the Alger Area Arts Council, is at 124 E. Superior St. The center is staffed during the summer by volunteers and exhibitors. It includes three exhibit areas and an art information area. The opening’s featured exhibit will be a selection from the Alger County Historical Society and an Upper Peninsula Character Doll Collection by Sundell artist Barbara West. The Community Corner is hosting the work of Marsha Young’s art students from the AuTrain-Onota Public Schools. The work of 23 local artists and craftsmen will be featured in a regional exhibit.

60 years ago

HOUGHTON — It will take more than the Mackinac Bridge to bring the Upper Peninsula business needed for a generally improved economy, an advertising executive said yesterday. Greg Manchester, advertising director for Cross Co. of Detroit, told a business management forum at the Michigan College of Mining and Technology that “although tourism has become a multi-million dollar business in the Upper Peninsula, only the surface of this gold mine has been scratched. With the mines running out, the Upper Peninsula must look to its future. Tourism offers the most significant opportunity for immediate return, but a unified program of all out sales promotion, advertising and public relations is needed to meet the terrific competition of other vacation areas.”