Organized January 19, 2002
1st Quarter, 2013 -
Volume 10, Issue 1

Website -
Bessemer Area Historical Society
Notice of Membership Meetings

Memorial Day Weekend-
May 25/27 - 1:00p to 5:00p

June 1/September 2  -
every Friday & Saturday -  1:00p to 5:00p
June 20 - 2:00p Meeting
June 28/July 6th -
10:00a to 5:00p
July 18 - 2:00p Meeting
August 15 - 2:00p Meeting
September 14 - 11:00a Annual Meeting
September 28 - 10:00a to 5:00p -
Pumpkin Fest/Open House

Officers and Directors

President - Ed Sandene
Vice President - Dan Cvengros
Treasurer/Editor - Lou Kalan
Secretary - Janet Gheller
Directors at Large-
James Gheller
Connie Picco
Richard Steiger
Membership - Lisa Verhelst
The Bessemer Area Historical Society begins its’ eleventh year as an organized non-profit group that is dedicated to preserving the history of Bessemer as well as the surrounding Gogebic Range.

Our Heritage Center, located on Bessemer’s main street, has been filled with many donations from private individuals along with local business and organizations. The most recent sizeable donation was from the City of Bessemer and the City Library. Numerous books and other reading materials pertaining to local history were dropped off in January and the task of organizing these items is underway. One of the most impressive items is a huge hand-made book commemorating the dedication of the Memory Lane Roadside Park in 1949.

The 2013 Calendar Project was a big success and copies of the calendar were ordered and sent to all four corners of the United States. We still have copies available for purchase as gifts or Bessemer keepsakes.

Our website has been getting many requests from individuals tracing their family roots. In most cases, a grandchild is inquiring about information of their grandparents’ early lives in Bessemer and even requesting information on where they lived in the hope of visiting our area to see first-hand the stories brought down through the generations.

On January 5th, Ed Sandene and Dan Cvengros, along with Erwin Township Historian Ivan Hellen, were treated with a plane ride over Gogebic and Iron Counties. The purpose of the ride was to give advice to a local pilot that is interested in giving historic air tours of our area.

We continue to welcome all donations of family histories, pictures or historic items at our Heritage Center. Thank you to all who have donated in the past. Your kindness and generosity is appreciated and will be enjoyed for generations to come.
We also have our “We Remember” plaque honoring family and loved ones by donating funds to the History Society.

Stop in and see what’s new at the Heritage Center this summer and have a great 2013.

Dan Cvengros
Vice President, BAHS