The Jake Menghini Museum
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Scenes from “Old Norway” displays in & around our museum
Jake Menghini’s Log Cabin Arrives Original Museum Structure Now Located On-Site Read about its unique history … CLICK HERE
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Thanks to our wonderful donors and volunteers for all their contributions to this project, and to all other museum activities. You make it possible to realize our dreams! Special thanks to Plutchak Fab of Wallace MI for bringing this treasure to our museum grounds, allowing future visitors to see where our history truly began!
Prohibition Era on Menominee Range Presentation by Bill Cummings March 20, 2 & 6 pm “The Prohibition Era on the Eastern Menominee Iron Range” will be presented by will be presented by local historian Bill Cummings at the Jake Menghini Museum at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. In addition to recounting this colorful era of the Roaring Twenties, the program includes a brief history of the Temperance Movement in the United States and the origin of terms useful in understanding Prohibition, such as “blind pig, blind tiger, speakeasy, rum-running, bootlegging.” A few local contemporary newspaper articles from the 1880s and 1890s illustrate the results of excessive alcohol consumption, including saloon brawls, in early Iron Mountain and the surrounding area. DeDecker’s bar, click to enlarge Additional local contemporary accounts provide insight into the introduction of Prohibition laws first at the state level after Michigan Prohibition began on May 1, 1918, and then when the implementation of 18th Amendment went into effect nationally on January 16, 1920. These articles deal with local moonshiners, raids by federal, state and local officials, trials and sentencing hearings. Numerous historic photographs of area saloons predating the Prohibition Era help illustrate the raids and arrests made in these same places during the 1920s. Colorful and amusing sheet music covers and some lyrics also give flavor to public sentiment immediately prior to and during Prohibition’s early years.
Hours of operation: Memorial Day thru late September --- Fri 1:00 - 4:00 Sat 10:00 - 2:00 Sun 11:00 - 2:00 Daily fee: Adults - $5.00; Childen 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 .
DeDecker's Saloon, Norway MI, about 1920