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Book Signing with Alison Hoagland is July 15

Mine Towns by Alison HoaglandHANCOCK, MI - Finlandia University's North Wind Books will host a book signing with author Alison Hoagland Thursday, July 15, 2010, starting at 5:00 p.m. Hoagland's book, "Mine Towns: Buildings for Workers in Michigan's Copper Country," was recently published by University of Minnesota Press.

"Mine Towns" is a working-class history of domestic life in Copper Country company towns during the boom years of 1890 to 1918.

During the nineteenth century, the Keweenaw Peninsula of Northern Michigan was the site of America's first mineral land rush as companies hastened to profit from the region's vast copper deposits.

In order to lure workers to such a remote location-and work long hours in dangerous conditions-companies offered not just competitive wages but also helped provide the very infrastructure of town life in the form of affordable housing, schools, health-care facilities, and churches.

Hoagland's book investigates how the architecture of company towns reveals the paternal relationship that existed between company managers and workers-a relationship that both parties turned to their own advantage.

Alison K. Hoagland is professor of history and historic preservation at Michigan Technological University. She is also the author of "Buildings of Alaska and Army Architecture in the West: Forts Laramie, Bridger, and D. A. Russell, 1849-1912."

For additional information, contact North Wind Books at 906-487-7217.