The History of Iron County and its role in the Gogebic Range

Title:  The History of Iron County and its role in the Gogebic Range, Part I
Instructor: Larry Peterson

Course #203
Tuesdays, December 1 – December 22, 2015 at 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Iron County Courthouse, Hurley, Wisconsin

Course structure:  Instructor Larry Peterson will use both lecture and discussion to explore Iron County’s history as seen through the stories of its residents, past and present, and investigate what distinguishes Iron County’s Penokee Range from the Gogebic Range and what the two ranges have in common. Study how natural resources have shaped the county’s history, from mining to forestry, to attempts at farming, to the eventual transition to tourism. Finally the class will investigate how this understanding can be used to develop a partnership for various historical projects across the entire Gogebic/Penokee Range. The course will be given in 4 sessions, each 2 hours long. 

Part II of this course will be offered in Spring, 2016.

Requirements: An interest in local mining history and a willingness to participate interactively with the instructor and fellow classmates.  A good resource to read  but not required is the book produced to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Iron County, Rooted in Resources.  Some used copies may be available online and there will be a handful available at the class sessions.

Instructor: When it comes to learning about the past, Larry Peterson is “Mr. History” for the Gogebic- Penokee Iron Range communities.  Larry has done extension research on the region’s cultural history, specializing in the area’s iron mining past. Through his interpretation of the real people and events that shaped this area, he can make history “come alive.”  He has written numerous articles and currently hosts a radio program, “Pages from the Past” on WJMS exploring historical insights and history’s influence on us today.  He was a major contributor and collaborator on “Rooted in Resources”, a book chronicling Iron County’s centennial history from 1893-1993, and he has taught local history at Gogebic Community College.  As the roving historian guide during Iron County historical walking tours in downtown Hurley, Larry has shared his interpretation of the city’s colorful history.  He is also an artist specializing in “needlepoint” ink dot portraits of historical figures.

Cost: $25.00

To register: Call the Iron County UW-Extension Office at 715-561-2695 for more information or to register for the class. Walk-in registrations available M-F, 8:00am-4:00pm at the Iron County UW-Extension Office in the Iron County Courthouse.