Sometimes even curators are stumped. [see film] Do you know what this Michigan artifact is?

The curators at the Michigan Historical Museum are stumped by this mysterious artifact in their collection that was donated to the Museum.

Jeremy Dimick describes this unknown item that was donated early in the museum’s history, before record keeping is what it today (circa 1913). The artifact came from a mining ghosttown in Michigan’s Upper Penninsula that is now Fayette Historical Townsite (www.michigan.gov/fayettetownsite). The town has been reconstructed into a living museum showing what life was like in this town in the late 19th century.

Fayette was once one of the Upper Peninsula’s most productive iron-smelting operations. Fayette grew up around two blast furnaces, a large dock and several charcoal kilns after the Civil War. Nearly 500 residents—many immigrating from Canada, the British Isles, and northern Europe—lived in and near the town that existed to make pig iron

The artifact is now part of a small collection of unknown items in storage at the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing.

Fayette town site, Michigan

Fayettetownsiteoverlook

The item is intricately made of wood, with a handle on one end. Small circles of wood are attached by nails to the top and formerly to the bottom. The item is about 6 inches tall and about as wide as it is tall. It is perhaps a foot in length and has a slight point on the end opposite of the handle.

Discordance:The Cottinghams Inspired by true events and the Cottingham family that resided in 17th century Somerset, Maryland and Delaware, colonial America comes alive with pirate attacks, religious discord, and governmental disagreements in the pre-Revolutionary War days of America.

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me

All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

One Response to Sometimes even curators are stumped. [see film] Do you know what this Michigan artifact is?

  1. I REMEMBER MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER SHOWED ME THAT ITEM…NOT 100% SURE BUT IT WAS USED TO WITHDRAW MINERALS FROM THE GROUND…
    HOPEFULLY THIS IS HELPFUL

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