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Smithsonian comes to U.P., MSO in concert

November 9, 2013
By RENEE PRUSI - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The Smithsonian is coming to the Erickson Center in Curtis.

The Smithsonian Institution exhibit "Journey Stories" will be at the center from Nov. 25 to Jan. 24 during normal business hours and during special museum events.

According to a press release from The Smithsonian, "Journey Stories" is a exhibition that shows how evolving mobility changed a young nation and how transportation made the United States grow.

Article Photos

Vernon Evans stands next to his car during a journey in July 1936. Photographer Arthur Rothstein noted: 'Vernon Evans of Lemmon, South Dakota, near Missoula, Montana. Leaving grasshopper-ridden and drought-stricken area for a new start in Oregon or Washington.' A display about America’s travels is coming to the Erickson Center in Curtis later this month. (Photo courtesy of Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-130705)

The exhibit includes stories from travelers, accounts that "express the hopes and promises of fresh starts, the grim realities of forced migrations and difficult journeys, and the thrills of personal travel."

"Journey Stories" is brought to the Erickson Center by the Smithsonian Institution and the Michigan Humanities Council. It is the only site in the Upper Peninsula to see this exhibit.

The Smithsonian's literature about the exhibit states: "Americans are all about going places. We savor our freedom to travel, an we have always been an intensely mobile society. That mobility spurred the development of transportation modes and systems: trains, cars, boats, and airplanes; trails, roads, and massive highways - all to make 'getting there' as easy as possible."

For more information, visit the Erickson Center website at or the exhibit's site at

Marquette Symphony Orchestra

features local soloists

The Marquette Symphony Orchestra's second concert for the 2013-2014 concert season is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette.

Conducted by Jacob Chi, the November concert will feature two principal MSO musicians, Betsy Grugin and Kevin Nutini, on Debussy's "Rapsodie for Saxophone" and "Premiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet," respectively.

The MSO, composed of more than 60 talented musicians from across the region, also will present Albert Ketelbey's "In a Persian Market" and Dimitri Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 10."

Concert tickets are available now. Adult tickets range from $17 to $32; student tickets are $12; and tickets for children 12 and under are $9.

Tickets may be purchased at any Northern Michigan University EZ Ticket Outlet (NMU Bookstore, Superior Dome, or Forest Roberts Theater) as well as online at or by phone at (906) 227-1032.

EZ ticket sales are available until noon Friday. Tickets can be purchased at Kaufman Auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m. the night of the concert.

For more information about MSO events, please visit

Run for Life, Royales team up

The local Run for Life organization is partnering with the Marquette Royales hockey team for the first ever Skate For Life event Dec. 6-7 at Lakeview Arena in Marquette.

"The event will to promote organ donation and raise money to assist transplant patients and families in the Upper Peninsula, just like our Run for Life event," said Amy Harju, Run for Life creator.

Run for Life takes place in Marquette each spring to raise money for and awareness about organ donation.

"The new event of course will include info on organ donation," Harju said. And players will be part of the fundraising action.

"The players will be wearing Skate for Life jerseys which will be auctioned at the end of Saturday night's game. We will be doing 50/50, raffles, a silent auction along with giveaways to further raise money."

For more information, visit or

Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is



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