A former university professor and fifth-generation descendant of Cornish copper miners chronicles his journey of discovery in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Although the purpose of his journey was to honor and celebrate the lives and times of his Celtic ancestors, he savors and describes the autumn splendors of the beautiful and rugged northern land and listens for tales of its residents, including a pioneer of Green Garden, a master maker of flintlock rifles, a lighthouse builder, and a Copper Country man with a world-class insect collection and a talent for making music with the bones
Review by Peter Van Pelt, President, Keweenaw County
This enticing tale of roots, branches and fully-flowered characters, based on his love and respect for his Cornish forebears, is a generous gift to all of us who have ancestors of our own or who care about our place and our history."
Excerpt from Going Back To Central:
"It is a glorious day in late September and I am going on a pilgrimage to Central, a ghost town in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Northern Michigan. I shall go on a sojourn to the homesite of my forebears and seek their tidings across the years. More than a century and a half ago, my Cornish ancestors toiled in the mine there and chiseled a livelihood and a heritage. They also made a place for me in this remote and beautiful land.
Even though my goal is the former village of Central, I intend my quest to be an odyssey of discovery, not solely a destination. My mission is to learn more about the lives and times of my Celtic predecessors, yet along the way I will strive to listen for the tales of the land and the unique and sturdy people who reside in this Superior Peninsula."
From the Publisher:
Lon Emerick's great-great grandfather was a miner at Central (and his great grandfather at the Calumet and Hecla Mine). The theme of the book is a journey across the U.P. as it is now and with its natural and human history, (including several current residents) to end at Central. Included are portraits of copper miners as represented by his ancestral family, how they came there, what mining and community life were like and what Central looks and feels like now.
ISBN 13: 978-0-9650577-4-5
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