The Jake Menghini Museum
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Hours of operation: Memorial Day thru late September --- Fri, Sat, Sun 1- 4 pm Daily fee: Adults - $3.00; Children through high school - free How to find us: We are located in Norway, Michigan, 100 miles north of Green Bay, 45 miles west of Escanaba, and 10 miles east of Iron Mountain. More info and map on Location page.  Contact info: (906) 563-5586 Jake Menghini Historical Museum P.O. Box 99 Norway MI 49870 Museum Director Cris Hamlin is available Mon-Tues 10am to 4pm; Please call her at the number above with any questions, or to schedule an  appointment, You can also e-mail Cris at .
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Scenes from “Old Norway” displays in & around our museum
Music on the Farm Postponed to Aug 1    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 1 when the Norway City Band under the direction of Ed McBroom, will present “Music on the Farm” at the historic Odill homestead, West U.S. 2, Norway.  In keeping with the 2017 Jake Menghini Museum theme, some of the musical numbers will have a 50’s flavor certain to keep your toes tapping.  Activities begin at 6:00 p.m. when guests will be treated to an old- fashioned ice cream social, with choice of toppings including fresh Pellegrini Farm Strawberries.  The band concert will follow at 7:00 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs and non-alcoholic beverages if desired.  Come and enjoy historic music—the Norway City Band was founded in 1882—in a historic setting—the farm of Norway pioneer, Anton Odill, who, in the 1870s, drove the first iron ore test pit in the city of Norway. Deciding that mining was not for him, he became an entrepreneur, operating several businesses in the city.  His farm was a magnet for thirsty Dickinson County citizens for over 60 years as Anton and his sons produced the famous Odill “soda pop” in multiple flavors right here on the museum property. There is no charge for the concert, and sundaes are offered for a free will donation. This Year’s Featured Display - Back to the ‘50s   “That’s my gradma’s kitchen table!”   A member of our board made this remark when he first saw our 2017 summer display.  Welcome back to the 1950s.  Our main display in the center of the museum is featuring a kitchen and living room.  Fun memories will touch your heart as look at the furniture and clothing from that era.  We can picture the families sitting all together at the kitchen table have dinner together, the chairs were so comfy, but look how narrow the table seemed. The living room and toy display bring back happy times of when we all watched the black and white TV and maybe had the bowl of popcorn. Board games were played by the entire family. The Anderson family had created a baseball game that many residents of the Norway-Vulcan area enjoyed playing at night you will see that on the floor in the living room.   Be sure to look in the dressmaker shop, you may find Elvis is in the building. The shop is loaded with clothing that will bring back memories to all of you. As always, the rest of the main building has interesting displays and fun items to check out. Don’t forget to stop in the Odill home, the décor dates back to the 1800’s. With the ‘pop room’ featuring logging, mining, pop-making and the former medical doctors and hospitals of Norway.   We are open: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during June, July, August, and September, for guided tours, between the hours of 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.