Organized January 19, 2002
1st  Quarter, 2012 -
Volume 9, Issue 1
Website -
Bessemer Area Historical Society
Notice of Membership Meetings
April 19 at 2:00 PM Meeting
May 17 at 2:00 PM Meeting
Memorial Day Weekend -
May 26/28 10:00a/2:00p
June 1/September 3 -
every Friday & Saturday 10:00a/2:00p
June 21 at 2:00 PM Meeting
4th of July activities -
June 27/July 7 10:00 a/2:00p

Officers and Directors

President - Ed Sandene
Vice President - Dan Cvengros
Treasurer/Editor - Lou Kalan
Secretary - Janet Gheller
Directors at Large-
James Gheller
Richard Steiger
Membership - Lisa Verheist
Historian - Fran McCarthy
     The Colby Mine Rededication Ceremony is planned for Saturday, June 30th in conjunction with the Bessemer 4th of July activities being held from Wednesday, June 27th to Wednesday July 4th.

      Ed Sandene stated that members of the Daughters of the American Revolution Onagomingkway Chapter of Marquette (DAR) are continuing to search for former Gogebic County Chapter DAR members or their descendants to assist in the ceremony as well as gathering information about the Colby Mine Memorial on Old County Road between Bessemer and Yale, erected by the Gogebic County DAR Chapter in 1940.

     We are looking forward to another busy summer season at the Heritage Center. Our unusually dry, warm winter and spring has left the door open for new projects this year. The Historical Society is working with the Downtown Development Authority and the Spartan Committee on the new park project for Mary Street. 

     We are looking for stories about the top six ethnic groups to immigrate to our area. We realize that there were more than these six, but the Polish, Croatian, Cornish, Finnish, Swedish and Italian had the most number of individuals coming to our area. We need a story about one person in each category to be featured in the park. The story should follow a timeline-type format beginning with the individual leaving his home country, arriving in the United States and the life he/she lived here until their passing.

     If you have a story to share or have any ideas of where we can obtain a story, please let us know. In the future, we will be expanding stories to other ethnic groups so please keep that in mind.

     Just a reminder that we are still accepting family history stories which will be archived at the Heritage Center for future generations to learn about early life in our area as well as historic identifiable photos of local places and events.

Dan Cvengros, Vice President BAHS

Note: We will be reducing the number of newsletters from four to three throughout the