BESSEMER AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Organized January 19, 2002
1st Quarter, 2014 -
Volume 11, Issue 1

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August 21 - 2 pm
Annual meeting in September

New Park in Bessemer - June 4th is the Dedication Day for the New Ethnic Commons and Trailhead on Mary Street in Bessemer. The Program includes presentations by the Department of Natural Resources, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with officials from the City Council, the DDA, and elderly citizens from Bessemer. Music will be performed by the Gogebic Range Band, BHS Choir will sing the Star Spangled Banner, Marty's Goldennairs will perform, and Ethnic music will be played by Dorothy and the Boys


A replica of the "Garrison Flag" that inspired Francis Scott Keys to write the Star Spangled Banner will be displayed for the day near the park. Flags of Six Countries: Cornwall, Croatia, Finland, Italy, Poland and Sweden along with the United States Flag will fly high on permanent poles. Interpretive Panels next to the poles will tell the stories in words and pictures of the Immigrants who came to Bessemer from those Countries to follow their dreams and begin a new life. They came to work in the mines and the forests. They owned and operated businesses at great sacrifice, and courage. They worked hard and had children and helped build Bessemer in to a thriving community in the late 1800's and early 20th Century. They were the pioneers, our ancestors of such great spirit! They came with a purpose to succeed and achieve the American dream, to risk everything, to live and raise their families in America.


All of them contributed to the rich history that is our heritage. This park honors them. And now their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and citizens of Bessemer and others will enjoy the park and learn of their heritage. We might not have that same enterprising spirit, but let's hope to bring it back a little. We invite everyone to come visit, sit, and read about it. That spirit can happen all over again with hard work, a bit of risk, and thinking positive! Thanks to the DDA. the Bessemer City Council and the tremendous help from Denise Stephens, this park has become a reality. The Board members of The Bessemer Area Historical Society wish to thank all those who worked so hard to complete it. We invite everyone and those who visit this summer to come to the museum. Take a stroll through the park, sit in one of the Gazebo's, enjoy a little lunch on a picnic table or relax and reflect on a park bench  about all that has come before you.


That said, may we remind all of you that the City of Bessemer celebrates its 125th Anniversary this year. It was in May of 1889 that Bessemer was officially incorporated in to a city. We celebrate this year and will have an open house in August at the Museum with punch and cookies.
The museum opened its doors to the Washington School 3rd graders again this year in early May. In two separate sessions they learned about Mining from Ed Sandene and Lumbering from Dick Steiger. They asked a ton of questions and toured the museum. We invite all students to visit us and check out our website

Reminders: Bessemer Historical Society 2014 Calendars are still available at a drop in price of $5.00 by contacting us, stopping in on weekends, or from local stores.
We will recite the Declaration of Independence again this year on June 26* at the Courthouse to help begin the 4th of July Festivities and this year include a short walking tour of the city.

Officers and Directors

President - Ed Sandene
Vice President - Dan Cvengros
Treasurer - Dick Steiger
Secretary - Janet Gheller
Directors at Large-
James Gheller
Lou Kalan - Membership
Connie Pricco - Editor