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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

NEGAUNEE — Sunday will be “Italian Heritage Night at the Museum” when the Carp River Forge Advisory Board hosts a program celebrating the area’s Italian Heritage at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee.

The event will feature music, refreshments and the slide program “Pioneer Italians and Their Legacy” by Northern Michigan University history professor Russell Magnaghi. Magnaghi has developed and taught courses on state and local history since 1978. His recent book, “Miners, Merchants and Midwives: Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Italians,” documents the rich Italian heritage based on extensive oral history research in the U.P. Proceeds from the program will support educational efforts at the Museum. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased from advisory board members or at the museum. For more information and ticket reservations, call 475-7857.

60 years ago

MARQUETTE — Mayor Fred W. Rydholm has proclaimed Oct. 11-17 as Professional Nurse’s Week, and has asked the people of Marquette to give appropriate recognition to the nurses in the community. The registered nurses were commended for keeping pace with the latest developments in hospital and medical techniques and for seeking to improve methods for care of patients through their professional organization, the Michigan State Nurses Association. The proclamation states that 1959 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Nursing Practice Act.

“It is fitting in this golden jubilee year that special tribute be paid to our professional nurses,” said Mayor Rydholm. Professional Nurse Week coincides with the MSNA convention in Traverse City, Oct. 14-16. The annual convention is held to foster high standards of nursing practice. Registered nurses from the Marquette-Alger district attending the convention are: Miss Juliene Miller, Mrs. Esther Kivisto, Mrs. Janet Gursuch, and Mrs. Andrew Hartvig, all of Marquette.