The discovery of iron on the Gogebic Range in the late 1800s created communities that challenged the large midwestern cities in population and wealth. In June of 2012, descendants of the miners that settled this area brought portraits of their ancestors to be memorialized on a mural in downtown Ironwood.
In April and May, Ironwood, the Gogebic Range and Northern Wisconsin are joining together to look at "The Way We Worked.” More info is available at gogebictwww.wordpress.com
The Smithsonian’s "The Way We Worked" is the perfect traveling exhibition for an area steeped in logging, mining and railroading. The way work changed over the years from a mining to a modern economy is the perfect compliment to the National Archives production of this exhibition looking at where, who, how and why Americans work.