THE MENOMINEE RANGE Historical Foundation organizes its annual tours of the Cornish Pumping Engine and Mining Museum and the World War II Glider and Military Museum for eighth graders in the area. MRHF Treasurer Guy Forstrom was a tour guide at the Glider and Army Museum. Students from left are Ava Sardina, Alysia Wood, Bradyn Jacques, Jada Bourgeois, Joshua Jandreau, Hadleigh Baker, Timothy Recla II, Ashylnn VanLaanen, Zair Melendez-Valentine, and Zahra Wicks. (Terri Castelaz/Photo from the Daily)

IRON MOUNTAIN — For the past four years, the Menominee Range Historical Foundation has invited eighth-grade classes at its Dickinson County schools to learn about local history.

The four school districts are invited to take a guided tour of the Cornish Pumping Engine and Mining Museum and the World War II Glider and Military Museum.

The mission of the Menominee Range Historical Foundation is dedicated to perpetuating and preserving the history of the Menominee Iron Range and using that history and the museums to further educate the general public.

These tours, offered free of charge to school districts, contribute to the foundation’s goal of educating area residents about the region’s rich heritage.

Iron Mountain social studies teacher Eric Penn’s 45 eighth-grade students took the opportunity and visited both museums for the first time on Thursday.

MENOMINEE RANGE HISTORICAL Foundation Chairman Bill Cummings gives a presentation at the Cornish Pumping Engine and Mining Museum to the eighth grade class of Iron Mountain High School teacher Eric Penn – left to right Ava Marttila, Brayden Kassin, Charles Anderson, Lucian Breault, Laelonii Miner and Kailey Jayne. (Terri Castelaz/Photo from the Daily)

Kingsford Middle School social studies teacher John VanDusen’s 150 eighth graders will learn local history today. KMS has been involved in the promotion since the tours were offered.

Foundation Treasurer Guy Forstrom served as a tour guide at the WWII Military and Glider Museum, while Foundation President Bill Cummings provided information at the Pump Engine and Airplane Museum. Cornish mine.

Last month, 16 students from Kingsford High School’s Upper Peninsula history class toured the museums with their teacher, Aaron Yonke. They also took part in the downtown Iron Mountain walking tour offered last month in which Cummings served as a guide.

Cummings noted that he also arranged a tour of the two museums for 23 members of the Bay West Leadership Academy. The academy has also included museum visits since its inception.


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