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posted 28 October 2014
Travel Grant Program Presentation Nov. 6

The University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections and the Friends of the Van Pelt Library will host an upcoming Travel Grant Program presentation by visiting scholar Philip Hartmeyer. The talk will take place on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. in the Van Pelt and Opie Library's East Reading Room.

Hartmeyer, a maritime archaeologist currently working at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena will give a talk titled "Passengers, Packages and Copper: The Steamer Pewabic, Its Archaeology, Management, Material Culture and the Development of the Keweenaw Peninsula."

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, read the University Archive's blog.

posted 9 April 2014
2015 Book Sale Dates Announced
The next Friends of the Van Pelt Library's Annual Book Sale has been scheduled for April 7-8 2015.  The main sale will be 8 April 2014 from 10 AM to 4:00 PM, with the Member-only Pre-Sale the evening before, 7 April 2015 from 5 to 7 PM.Stay tuned for more as the dates approach.

posted 13 February 2014
 Book Donations Sought
The Friends of the Van Pelt Library's Annual Book Sale is looking for book donations year round.  Click here for instructions.

posted 3Feb2014
Michigan Tech Archives Recognized as National Heritage Site
From Tech Today 3Feb2014; by Sarah Kelly, student editor)

Michigan Tech's Archives has been recognized as a Keweenaw National Historical Park Heritage Site. The Archives collection focuses on social, cultural and economic aspects of the Western Upper Peninsula and Michigan Tech.

Julie Blair, interim archivist and strategic initiatives librarian at Michigan Tech, says the designation will create more opportunities for Tech to collaborate with other participating heritage sites, such as the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, the Houghton County Historical Museum and the Calumet Theatre. She also hopes the Archives will see an increase in out-of-town visitors wanting to find out more about the area.

Read the full news story.

posted 06 April 2011
Check out the Friends Post Cardclick here

posted 16 March 2015
Note cards are available on the web:  These beautiful notecards are offerred by the Friends and display images of the Copper Country during its early mining days.  Only $12/set plus tax and shipping and handling.  Order some today!

posted 16 March 2015
Michigan Tech Blankets are available on the web:  The blue-and-white cotton blanket depicts historical buildings from MIchigan Tech's campus.  You can order one (or more) online for $65 plus tax, shipping, and handling.

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