Organized January 19, 2002
2nd/3rd Quarter, 2012 - Volume 9, Issue 2

Website -
Bessemer Area Historical Society
Notice of Membership Meetings
August 16 - 2:00 PM Meeting
September 8 -11:00 AM Annual Meeting
at Kinda Kountry Kafe
October 18 - 2:00 PM Meeting
November 15 - 2:00 PM Meeting
December - No Meeting

Officers and Directors
President - Ed Sandene
Vice President - Dan Cvengros
Treasurer/Editor - Lou Kalan
Secretary - Janet Gheller
Directors at Large-
James Gheller
Dolores Sandene
Richard Steiger
Membership - Lisa Verheist
   On July 4, 1940, the Gogebic Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution erected an 8,000 pound boulder monument near the site of the Colby Mine.

This boulder has a bronze tablet which commemorates the discovery or iron ore by Richard Langford. The tablet reads: “Site of Colby Mine / 1,000 feet east where Richard Langford discovered iron ore in Gogebic County about 1880 / Erected by Gogebic Chapter , Daughters of the American Revolution / 1940”.
     June 30, 2012, the Colby Mine Memorial was re-dedicated by the Onagomingkway Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. The weather was warm and sunny as spectators listened to speeches from representatives of the City of Bessemer, Bessemer Area Historical Society, Bessemer Women’s Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, as well as others.

The Gogebic Range Concert Band performed before and after the ceremony. The event was followed by a reception at the Heritage Center where light snacks and cool drinks were served. The big screen TV at the Heritage Center played the mining slideshow and all in attendance had a great time.

The Historical Society once again had a busy Fourth of July week at the Heritage Center as out-of-town visitors and local residents stopped by to view some new displays and get caught up with old friends.

We have received some new donations and one in particular has caught the eyes of Heritage Center volunteers. A collection of old scrap books were donated by the daughter of a past Anvil resident. The scrapbooks are clippings from local newspapers starting in mid-1930 to mid-1990. These books contain a vast amount of information on Bessemer as well as other local communities. We welcome all donations at the Heritage Center, especially old identifiable pictures and documents.

The annual meeting will be held on September 8, 2012. We also look forward to Pumpkinfest Weekend as this event brings in many old friends to the area as well.
We are always looking for and welcome volunteers and/or new members to the Bessemer Area Historical Society.

Please contact any Board Member or you can become a member on our website.
Dan Cvengros   Vice President, BAHS