Celebrating 150 years

HANCOCK – The celebration for the 150th anniversary of Hancock has included talks and presentations on subjects such migration, influential people and significant events, and the next four months will include a continuation of those concepts.

Glenn Anderson, Hancock city manager, said the next presentation in the sesquicentennial celebration will be from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 17, when a self-guided walking tour of historic houses in East Hancock takes place.

“We have seven homes,” he said.

There is a $15 fee for the tour, Anderson said. Tickets can be purchased in the parking lot next to the Scott Building on East Quincy Street, where there will be parking for the tour. Parking is also available on Dunstan Street. Other locations for the tour tickets are Hancock City Hall on Quincy Street, 5th & Elm Coffee House, North Wind Books at Finlandia University and the Copper Country Community Arts Center.

Anderson said a pamphlet with a map and location of houses on the tour will be given when tickets are purchased.

Money from the tour will be used for a project in East Hancock, Anderson said.

“All proceeds go to the East Hancock historic stairs (rehabilitation) fund,” he said.

On Sept. 16, Anderson said there will be a ceremony recognizing former Hancock resident “Big Louie” Moilanen at the recently erected monument honoring him located next to the Finnish American Heritage Center on Quincy Street.

“That’s the hundredth anniversary of his passing,” Anderson said.

The ceremony will start at the monument with comments from Dana Richter and Mike Gemignani, who were instrumental in raising funds for the monument, Anderson said. It will then proceed to Moilanen’s grave in Lakeside Cemetery.

Anderson said at 7 p.m. on Sept. 19 Karen Hubbard will give a talk on the extensive use of Jacobsville sandstone in the Copper Country.

She will show examples of buildings in Hancock using the material, including the Hancock City Hall building.

On Oct. 8, Anderson said local historian Larry Lankton will give a talk at the FAHC on Hancock’s contribution to the development of the Portage Lake region.

“We had a lot of industry in the city, too,” he said.

There were saw mills and other industrial businesses, many of which supported the copper mines.

There are tentative plans for presentations in November and December, Anderson said, but times and places haven’t been set.