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Songs and Stories about the Upper Peninsula

Tuesday, June 18 at 6pm.

A Musical Tribute to the Upper Peninsula Iron Miner. Ironwood based singer/storyteller Bill Jamerson will present an hour-long program of songs and stories about life in the iron mining towns of the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin.

Imagine you are a third generation Finnish-America growing up in the mining town of Negaunee during The Great Depression. The company house you live in is heated by a wood burning stove. The only light in the home is a single light bulb in the kitchen. When you walk out your front door, you can see iron mines operating at both ends of the street. In the summer, you bring pasties to your father and grandfather at the mine. Speaking Finnish, the miners tell you stories about their homeland. By the time you turn 18, you’re ready to work in the mines beside your father. The rest of your life is spent working in the mines. In time, your own children will work in the mines.

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