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Local History PowerPoint Presentations

Local History PowerPoint Presentations

William Cummings has shared a number of his presentations including the most recent additions: "Norway, Michigan" and "The Great War and Armistice Day" both of which have been divided into two parts.  There is no audio with these slides, but there is plenty of excellent information and many photos included, the complete list with links to each presentation is below. The PPT files have been saved in PDF format; you may need to download Adobe to view them.  Enjoy!
Please note that download times will vary and may take several minutes.

Who Do You Think You Are (180 Slides)
This presentation demonstrates examples of genealogical tools and techniques for tracing your heritage and documenting your findings. Included are ancestor charts, family biographical sketches, photographs, and maps and historical background for the times and places in which your ancestors lived.  This presentation is focused on one family, but the tools and techniques could be used by anyone to create a treasured family history of your own.


Early Dickinson County Sawmill Settlements (156 slides)
This presentation explores early sawmill settlements including Foster City and Hardwood in Breen Township, Sturgeon Mill in Norway Township, and Sagola in Sagola Township.  Also included is Iron Mountain's Von Platen-Fox Mill.  The presentation features postcards and photographs from the early 1900's with descriptive captions.
 
Early Logging on the Eastern Menominee Iron Range (94 Slides)
This presentation delves into the early life of loggers on the Eastern Menominee Iron Range. Utilizing John Emmett Nelligan's autobiography, A White Pine Empire: Life of a Lumberman, and photographs that showcase all aspects of logging, this presentation shows how this area was shaped by the logging industry.

Early School Days in Dickinson County, Michigan - Part 1 (92 Slides)
This presentation covers the history of schools in Dickinson County, Michigan. Part 1 includes Breen Township, and part of Breitung Township (Kingsford, Quinnesec, and rural areas).

Early School Days in Dickinson County, Michigan - Part 2 (111 Slides)
Part 2 covers the rest of Breitung Township (Iron Mountain).

Early School Days in Dickinson County, Michigan - Part 3 (150 Slides)
Part 3 covers Felch Township, Norway Township, Waucedah Township and West Branch Township.

Glimpses of Early Dickinson County (163 Slides)
This presentation includes many photographs and newspaper articles showing what life was like in early Dickinson County.

The Great War and Armistice Day - Part 1 (102 Slides)
This presentation covers various aspects of World War One and the history of Veterans' Day through photographs, postcards, and images of war posters/propaganda.  Part 1 includes: brief history of US Military 1907-1916, a timeline for WWI, music of the era, brief history of the doughboys, and Sections 1-4 of the presentation.  (Section 1 - Public Attitude Toward America's Involvement in "The Great War," Section 2 - Selective Military Conscription Bill - "The Draft" - Passed May 18, 1917, Section 3 - Basic Training for the Infantrymen and Officers, Section 4 - Travel Aboard the Troop Ships to France "Over There")

The Great War and Armistice Day - Part 2 (134 Slides)
This presentation covers various aspects of World War One and the history of Veterans' Day through photographs, postcards, and images of war posters/propaganda.  Part 2 includes sections 5-11 of the presentation.  (Section 5 - Conditions on the Western Front and in the Trenches, Section 6 - Life Aboard Ship for the Sailors, Section 7 - Medical Care for the Injured and Wounded Abroad and at Home, Section 8 - The End of Hostilities November 11, 1918 at 11:00 AM and the Signing of the Peace Treaty on June 28, 1919, Section 9 - Returning Home Aboard Ship, Celebrations and Parades, Section 10 - Final Resting Places for Those Who Died and the Unknown Soldier, Section 11 - Armistice Day, Now Called Veterans' Day, November 11.

Iron County, Michigan: The Western Terminus of the Menominee Iron Range Part 1 (153 Slides)
This presentation includes many photographs and newspaper highlights on the history of Iron County.

Iron County, Michigan: The Western Terminus of the Menominee Iron Range Part 2 (191 Slides)
This presentation continues with the history of Iron County.

Iron Mountain's Carnegie Public Library (75 Slides)
This presentation covers the history of Iron Mountain's Carnegie public library which is now the Menominee Range Historical Foundation Museum.

Iron Mountain's Cornish Pumping Engine and the Mines it Dewatered (147 Slides)
This presentation covers the history of the Cornish Pump and includes information on the Chapin, Ludington, and Hamilton Mines.

John Tyler Jones and the Ardis Furnace (81 Slides)
This presentation features the personal and professional life of John T. Jones, superintendent of the Keel Ridge Mine, the Hamilton Mine and the Antoine Ore Company (Traders Mine). 

Norway, Michigan - Part 1 (101 Slides)
This presentation includes hundreds of historic photos and postcards from the Norway area.  Part 1 begins with information on early photographers and then covers general views of Norway, the business district, residential district, and churches.  The presentation continues with Part 2.

Norway, Michigan - Part 2 (119 Slides)
This presentation includes hundreds of historic photos and postcards from the Norway area.  Part 2 picks up where Part 1 ends, covering schools, hospitals, mines, various views, and the settlements of Vulcan and Sturgeon Mills. 

Remnants of Early Downtown Iron Mountain - Part 1 (192 Slides)
This presentation covers Iron Mountain's business district then and now. Part 1 covers the business district from the Chapin Pit at the north to the east side of the 700 block of South Stephenson Avenue on the south, and includes the 200 block of streets to the east of South Stephenson Avenue, as well as Iron Mountain Street.

Remnants of Early Downtown Iron Mountain - Part 2 (175 Slides)
Part 2 covers Iron Mountain's business district from the west side of the 600 block of South Stephenson Avenue on the south back to the Chapin Pit at the north, and includes the east 100 block and west 100 block of the streets to the west of South Stephenson Avenue, as well as Merritt Avenue and Carpenter Avenue.

Researching Your Family Tree (280 Slides)
Using the book Research Your Family History: Genealogy for the First Time by Laura Best as a guide, this presentation covers the basic research techniques, unique uses of genealogy findings, and more.

Sharing the Past (324 Slides)
This presentation includes tips for finding historic information, photographs, genealogical data, and more in Dickinson County, Michigan.  A great place to start your exploration of local history!

Wheels: The Horse and Buggy Era - Part 1 (138 slides)
A history of the horse drawn buggy including local information, and pictures with captions.

Wheels: The Horse and Buggy Era - Part 2 (139 slides)
A history of the horse drawn buggy continues including local information, and pictures with captions.

Wheels: The Horseless Carriage - Part 1 (104 slides)
A history of the early automobile including local information, and pictures with captions.

Wheels: The Horseless Carriage - Part 2 (143 slides)
A history of the early automobile continues including local information, and pictures with captions.

 

 
 
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