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Finlandia's Maki Library Hosting J.W. Nara Photograph Exhibit

HANCOCK, MI - "People, Place and Time: Michigan's Copper Country Through the Lens of J.W. Nara," a traveling exhibit created by the Michigan Tech Archives, will be on display at the Finlandia University Sulo and Aileen Maki Library, Hancock, through October 29, 2012.

A public talk about the exhibit will be presented by Michigan Tech archivist Erik Nordberg on Tuesday, October 2, at 6:30 p.m. Nordberg's presentation, titled "Michigan's Copper Country Through the Lens of J.W. Nara," features dozens of historical photographs of the Keweenaw.

The J.W. Nara exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours: Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:00 to 10:00 pm. The library is located on the Finlandia University campus in Wargelin Hall, 601 Quincy Street, Hancock.

John William Nara was born in Finland in 1874. He later immigrated to the United States and established a photographic studio in Calumet, Michigan, in the heart of America's most productive copper mining region. Nara captured the people and places of his time through posed studio portraits, material on urban life, photographs of the Keweenaw's rural landscape, including local farms, shorelines, lighthouses, and pastoral back roads, and historical events including the 1913 Michigan copper miners' strike.

The traveling exhibit, funded in part by J.W. Nara's descendants Robert and Ruth Nara of Bootjack, Michigan, is composed of historical photographs held at the Michigan Tech Archives. A small exhibit catalog is available at no charge and includes three Nara photograph postcards from the collection.

"People, Place and Time: Michigan's Copper Country Through the Lens of J.W. Nara" is on display at the Maki Library through Monday, October 29, 2012.

For more information, contact Maki Library at 906-487-7252 or maki.library@finlandia.edu. Discover more about J.W. Nara at www.lib.mtu.edu/mtuarchives/exhibits/Nara/exhibit.