Sunday, June 15, 2008

St. Anthony Catholic Church

This poster tells the early history of St. Anthony's Catholic Church (1882-c. 1928?) and will be part of the first exhibition organized by the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's in Calumet, Michigan. The exhibit is entitled: FROM FOREIGN TO FAMILIAR - Congregational histories. The exhibit opens the week of June 23, 2008.

The poster displays photos of the Petlewski Boys and cemetery stones for Stanislaw Petlewski (1852-1916) from the collection of Jeff Antaya. The 1883 marriage portrait of Steven Baranowski and Aplonia Szatkowska and the marriage record is from the collection of Kathy Atwood. Dave Montgomery shared the 1900 marriage portrait and certificate of Casimir Malczewski and Helen Flens. The family portrait of Nicholas and Marcianna Kaptur and their children (1893) is courtesy of Joseph Martin who also contributed the history of the parish for the poster.

The poster was created and donated by Ceil Wendt Jensen of Michigan Polonia as part of her participation in the MTU Research Travel Grants Program.

The mission of the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St Anne's is to preserve and interpret the culture and heritage of the Copper Country through the preservation of buildings, development of exhibits and other educational activities. Located at the head of downtown Calumet's commercial district, The Keweenaw Heritage Center, formerly St Anne's Church, is a pivotal structure of the Calumet Downtown National Historic Landmark District. The building is being adapted for service as a museum and educational facility. The Center is a cooperating site of the Keweenaw National Historic Park. The Heritage Center is unique in its plan to highlight the social aspect of mining community life.