Notice of Membership Meetings
January 19 at 2:00 PM
February 16 at 2:00 PM
March 15 at 2:00 PM

Bessemer Area Historical Society
Organized January 19, 2002
4th  Quarter, 2011 -
Volume 8, Issue 4
Website -
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

Another summer season has come and gone at the Heritage Center.  After looking at our guest book, I noticed that, once again, we had many visitors through our door that came from many different areas of the United States.  There were even a few entries from other countries. 

The Fourth of July and Pumpkinfest are the two times of the year that bring in the most visitors.  I had the opportunity to work at the Heritage Center on the Saturday of the Pumpkinfest and I noticed quite a few out of town former Bessemer residents meeting up with each other, as well as residents still living in Bessemer.  The conversation usually starts with “where do you live?” and “what are you doing these days?”, but by the time the conversation is well underway and all the way to the end, the topic is family.

We are getting several requests on our website from children and grandchildren wanting to know about their family member who formerly lived in Bessemer.   For example, the daughter of a 94 year old woman who was born and raised in Bessemer wanted information of the family to share with her aging mother.

A family also wanted to know if their relative was buried in the Bessemer cemetery. 
There was the individual who was looking for information of her mother’s great uncle who came over from Finland.

Another woman wanted to see pictures of the Bessemer area in the 1890’s when her grandparents were married.

We reply to all emails and try to provide what they ask for.  Some of the questions deal with a lot of genealogy research so these questions are forwarded to the Gogebic Range Genealogical Society.  All of these questions have one thing in common - Family.

At the Heritage Center, we already have a collection of family histories.  Some examples of this
are a daughter telling stories of her father’s “Finnish life” in the Puritan Location.
There is also a memoir of a family growing up in Ramsay and Bessemer.

We have information of a man who died as a result of the 1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic as told by his grandson.
Another example is a family member who tells of growing up and living in the Harding Location.
We welcome anyone who has documented family histories from the Bessemer area to share them with us so we can preserve these memories for future generations.  Any questions may be directed to the board members or contact us through our website.

Dan Cvengros Vice President