The featured book for the Michigan Humanities Great Michigan Read is

The Women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell

Events at the Parchment Community Library

Great Michigan Read Launch Party

Monday, January 10, 4:00-6:00 pm

Drop in to the Great Michigan Read Launch Party to find out more about The Women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell.  Pick up a reader's guide and/or a bookmark and enter a drawing for a free copy of the book!

Michigan Copper: Formations and Shapes

Presented by Bill Mitchell

Tuesday, January 18, 6:00 pm

Bill Mitchell has been a professional geologist for over 30 years.  Additionally, as a hobby, Bill has collected rocks and minerals since childhood.  One of his favorite places to collect rocks is Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  Bill will discuss how the copper formations in Michigan were formed, the copper mining history in Michigan, and the many forms of copper found in Michigan.  Bill is a member of the Kalamazoo Geological and Mineral Society.   

Show & Tell: My Copper Country Story

Presented by Theresa Payne

Wednesday, January 26, 6:00 pm ON ZOOM

Attend at your own location via Zoom or at the Parchment Community Library

Register HERE to receive the Zoom link by email the day before the program

Theresa Payne will share stories of items she's collected from Michigan's copper country and the Calumet & Hecla Mining Company.  Theresa is a member of the Kalamazoo Geological and Mineral Society.  

Film & Discussion: 1913 Massacre

Special Guests: Producers/Directors Ken Ross & Louis V. Galdieri

Monday, January 31, 6:00 pm

Join us to view the film 1913 Massacre and then discuss it with producers/directors Ken Ross & Louis V. Galdieri, who will appear via Zoom.

1913 Massacre follows singer/songwriter Arlo Guthrie to the town of Calumet, a once-thriving mining town on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula still haunted by the tragic events that inspired Woody Guthrie’s ballad, ‘1913 Massacre.’  The film captures the last living witnesses of the 1913 Italian Hall tragedy and reconstructs Calumet’s past from individual memories, family legends and songs, tracing the legacy of the tragedy to the present day, when the town –out of work, out of money, out of luck — still struggles to come to terms with this painful episode from its past. (synopsis excerpted from the film’s website:

Film & Discussion: Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913

Monday, February 7, 6:00 pm

Join us to view the film Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913 and then discuss your thoughts on this documentary.

Red Metal: The Copper Country Strike of 1913 explores an epic nine-month labor strike at the copper mines of Calumet and Hecla in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It traces the strike from start to finish, examining the radical labor movement, progressive politics, and issues surrounding immigrant workers. (synopsis excerpted from the film's website)

Book Discussion with the Parchment Book Group

Monday, February 14, 6:00 pm

Join us to share your thoughts on The Women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell and your favorite quotes from the book.

Great Michigan Read programs at the Parchment Community Library are funded in part by Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The 2021–22 Great Michigan Read is presented by Michigan Humanities and supported by national, statewide, and local partners, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Meijer Foundation, Laborers’ International Union of North America, MSU Federal Credit Union, and Library of Michigan.