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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
Click on individual photos to enlarge each image!
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,
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 ---
1:00 - 4:00
10:00 - 2:00
11:00 - 2:00
Adults - $5.00;
Childen through high
school - free
How to find us:
We are located in
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.
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