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The August 2009 issue of AAPF News for Ancient Artifact Preservation Society

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  1. 1. 1st Conference on Ancient Copper Houghton, Michigan, July 10-12, 2009 This event, sugg-ested by AAPS President, Glenn De-Vlaminck, is the first to focus on ancient copper, in the Copper Country, (or any- where.) It featured excursions and just one evening of presentations. Coordinated by Judy, with the knowledge-able assistance of Hoolie DeCaire and Robert Wheeler, we are thankful to de- clare our first Conference on An- cient Copper a success… attributing to the responses from attendees. (25 in all) The weather was gorgeous, the scenery a de- light, and the sites diverse and in- teresting. Unusual copper specimens of na- tive copper, unique to the Lake Superior Copper District. Most from Calument and Hecla Con- glomerate lode where copper re- placed the matrix, cementing cob- bles in the con- glomerate together. Subsequent alter- ation and disinte- gration of the cobbles left be- hind the skull-like molds, preserving their shapes. Review of activities and things we learned 1. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Tech campus hosted by cu- rator Dr. Robinson, who led us with emphasis on copper. What a visual delight this was! There are some very large hunks and sheets of glacial copper, and a marvelous collection of unique crystallized copper and copper/silver blends. Copper crystals can look lumpy, square, like frost, tree-shaped, and more. Dr. Robinson patiently answered dozens of questions about the origins, creation & removal of copper, and why was it so pure right here, (with a touch of silver and a wee bit of )arsenic? Just lucky to have all the right components, which melted into crevices created by intense heat released by geophysical upheavals billions of years ago. The mountains formed (highest in the world) were scrubbed off by progression and recession of glaciers at the same time the gla- ciers picked up then dropped the wonderful pure- to near pure- copper right on the surface of the land, to be discovered and harvested. “Float” copper was dropped all over the Lake Superior area, and down as far as central Illinois and Indiana. The greatest abundance being the Copper Country range throughout the Ke- weenaw Peninsula, along the lake over to Ontonagon. This is BIG: Michigan copper’s fingerprint is having silver in its chemical com- position. NO OTHER copper in the world is the same. Anealing does not change the chemical identity. We can go a looong way with this knowledge. Natural copper crystal, abt. 14” tall Seaman Mineral Museum 2. Then onto Calumet to visit Cop- per World shop to enjoy their wares and private collection of copper and datolite pieces, Several of us spent money on their treasures. Next was Coppertown USA Mining Museum where we learned “modern” mining techniques of the last 150 years, with interesting exhibits of equipment, tool- ing, and copper & mineral specimens. 3. Friday night: program of speakers at Houghton High School. David Hoffman was to kick-off but technical problems set us back while Judy shot the breeze about Fred and AAPS. Myron Paine stepped up to speak of an- cient Norse travel and languages mixed into Algonquin nation tribes. David then showed images of very old maps showing varied water levels, rivers that sliced through the Upper Peninsula, making waterways between Lake Superior & Michigan. He also showed the Mississippi came out the west end of Lake Superior and down to the Gulf, making another passage from the UP to the rest of the world. Then we enjoyed a playing of the Pennington’s film on Fred Rydholm- Let Me Not Drown on These Waters. Map from 1960 Michigan History Mag. Price $4.00
  2. 2. Monette Bebow Reinhard spoke on the old copper culture peoples of Oconto Wisc. She raised questions on Fred’s research and conclusions on amounts of copper removed from the UP, and connection to bronze-making (90% copper, 10% tin) during the Bronze Ages, 5-7000 years ago. Sure wish Fred was there to talk with her! Saturday: 1. Caledonia Copper Mine, Greenland MI. The only working cop- per mine in the UP today, though they only mine specimen copper, not in- dustrial. This place is significant to us, as the main shaft is an “addit” mined in the 1800s atop a mine begun by ancient miners. Above & right of the wide approach to this shaft is a small ancient copper pit left just as it was thou- sands of years ago. Caledonia Mine. Foreground was cleared by present owners of 40 ft of rubble to re- veal main shaft. Red arrow points to ancient pit. left un-mined. We drove another few miles to a site near Mass City where we enjoyed seeing two ancient pits, one into a deep crevice under an overhang of gran- ite, and one more near by. Warren Jensen viewing cave-like pit above photo. 3. Bob Wheeler’s back yard, to view petroglyphs. The most prominent being the 3-legged “A” like form, (right) perhaps Ba’al, symbolizing the ancient (Ogam) Phoe-nician name of sun god. Wheeler Glyph below 4. Quincy Mine tour took us seven levels down into a mine (closed in 1972) that once went 92 levels down over 2,000 feet to temps of high 90s. At level 7 the temp was a steady 45 degrees. The lower levels flooded when continuous pumping ceased. As curious as it was to see the modern style of saw 17 tons of pure vein copper taken from Lake Superio rnear Eagle Harbor, 2001 5. We enjoyed the museum-like mineral shop Prospector’s Paradise at Allouez, amazed at the fabulous collections from which to buy…from 50 cents and UP! Many came away with copper specimens and other goodies. Sunday: 1. After breakfast in Mohawk, the group split at the Old Delaware Mine. Some went 300 steps down to the old cop- per mining caves, and some enjoyed picking rocks in a tailings pile. Hoolie, our resident expert, told us what to look for to find copper & other minerals. Datolite, calcite, quartz and prehnite are often aligned with copper. We found a few small pieces with wee lines of copper crystals along blue-green prehnite veins. 2. Copper Harbor: The BEST!!! We drove into the boonies west of town, walked a long way and saw FABulous ancient petroglyphs. We‘e still researching and discussing possibilities as to their meaning and source. Those things are OLD! We were greeted by a 6” bear -symbol of strength in many cul- tures, then climbed to a curious triangular lady (Tanith?) a whole bird for her head. The bird could be a phoenix, thunder- bird, songbird or raven, leaning to raven because of the curved beak and Norse connection. There are angular writings nearby; oft-seen in bronze ages, cross-in-a- circle symbolizing sun, earth or life. There are faint markings in each quarter of the circle. To the lady’s left is a hand. Markings hint of Ogam and runic writings. Top image-untouched. Lower image- enhancement of inscribings; Hand, Circle- cross (sun, earth, life,) Lady-Bird (about 10” tall) & other markings. DJohn White says all these symbols represent Earth Mother in some form. Extremely slow-growing lichens can provide clues to age. From a 13th century Icelandic manuscript, is the Norse god, Odin with his wise Ravens Huginn and Muninn on his shoulders- as if giving advice to his ears. His female con- sort is known as Tanit or Tanith…perhaps the lady-raven figure here. Note the beak shape similarity. Also seen is the sun…like the circle-cross. Some 35 feet north of the lady is a wonderful ship with a square sail; its prow & stern like Norse, Carthagin- ian or Minoan ships. 3. After a great lunch at The Mariner, many went to the Astor House Museum to view their collections of Native American, historical and pre- historical relics. The VERY best thing is having the time to get to know one another, and enjoy the beauty of the UP together.
  3. 3. Conclusion of attendees: Find more won- ders in the Copper Country, and DO IT AGAIN! We’ll see… Whew! From Danish 12th century man- uscript. Note shape of ships sim- ilarity to petroglyph. They lack sails, however. Poking around, we found several other markings not previously noted by earlier investigators. Above: Markings are overlaid with orange in photo. It can be hard to tell natural cracks from intentional scribes. Petroglyph etiquette says we must not touch them as oils disrupt age-clues in the stone. L: Mediterranean Bucket Boat ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ OCONTO WI COPPER FEST, JUNE 11-13, 2009 AAPS had a presence at the Copper Fest this year. We were the only evi- dence that the so-named festival had anything to do with copper. Monette Bebow Reinhard would have had a booth, but funds did not support that wish. Several of your AAPS board attended our booth (a tent w/netting sides purchased-on sale for the occasion.) Judy and Glenn set up the tent & displays. They were assisted by Oedith Harris, Ray Meininger, and Hoolie DeCaire. All had turns talking with curi- ous people who stopped by. Several would have attended the Copper conference if not for schedule conflicts. We proposed the idea that Oconto, situated along the Oconto River, would have been a perfect stopping point for ancient travelers hauling copper to Lake Michigan, thence to the gulf. Higher waterways would have allowed such travel. As there is evidence of 7,500 years of activity on that site, one can only speculate what may have transpired among the peoples over those thousands of years. It most certainly involved copper at the site, and in transit. We are thankful for this connection with Oconto and Ms. Bebow and her determination to learn all she can about the copper connections to Oconto. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ THE COPPER TRAIL This is a project that will eventually be supplemental to our future museum. COP- PER TRAIL from Isle Royale and the Keweenaw/ Copper Country, southward, across the UP via rivers, from Lake Superior to Wisconsin, to Lake Michigan, into the Wabash and Chicago Rivers then the many connecting sites along the Missis-sippi, and out to the Gulf of Mexico, then leading onto the WORLD! Dr. Jim Scherz is working on mapping. Karl Hoenke (707-279-1615) is researching sites integral to the movement of ancient copper. David Hoffman (715-477-1210) and his water-level re- search will be helpful. Jeff Bennett (952-8840048) has offered his help too. Oedith Harris (906-353-6409) is researching Bronze Ages-dates, locations, to get an idea of how many bronze implements and armor may have been made to get an idea of how much copper may have been required…a huge endeavor. She would like to share re- searching with others. If you can offer further knowledge in any aspect, please call numbers given. Important things you folks can do to help promote this effort as well as general spreading of knowledge: * If you are near any significant sites along the Mississippi, talk to city/township of- ficials and the Chambers of Commerce, so they are aware of the tourism potential of having this ancient history highlighted in their area. * Give programs and/or exhibits in your area schools, library, scouts, service groups, churches, 4-H, etc. Use Myron’s free downloads of PowerPoint programs. If you can’t do that, ask him to mail you CDs. Myron Paine Ph- 925-957-0260, or for free downloads, go to * Talk about our ancient connections to the world with anyone who will listen. It’s amazing how many people’s interest will be piqued. Even some of my paper doll customers are getting curious and have asked to see a newsletter. It’s very exciting to people whose knowledge only goes back to Columbus. They love mysteries and want to learn more. Read Karl’s Strategy below for ways you might fit into this en- deavour. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A Strategy for Establishing The Copper Trail For Consideration by AAPS Prepared by Karl Hoenke Background – During the period 1845 to 1996, an estimated 15.6 billion pounds of copper were recovered from Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula using modern mining techniques. However, long before this, ancient miners were active throughout the western Lake Superior Region. Between 5,000 B.C. and 1,200 B.C. indigenous peo- ples, and perhaps others, are believed to have removed an estimated 1.5 billion pounds of this Region’s uniquely pure copper from both surface finds and from shal- low pits. While archaeological evidence for “Michigan” copper in the Americas is abundant, evidence for use of such an enormous quantity is lacking. It is hypothe- sized that the Bronze Age in Europe and the Mediterranean provided a market for much of this copper and that a complex trade network (The Copper Trail) existed to move copper throughout the Americas and also to Europe. The Bronze Age in Eu- rope and copper mining in the Region both terminated in 1,200 BC. Objectives – The AAPS wishes to see this story brought to the general public through a network of museums and archaeological waystops illustrating the how, who, when and where of this ancient copper trade. General education would recog- nize and teach the means by which ancient traders followed land, river and ocean routes to supply the Americas. If quantities and distribution can be confirmed, the story would include movement of this essential raw material to supply the Bronze Age in Europe and the Mediterranean. Public appreciation of the Great Lakes’ role would begin to fill in the enormous gap in knowledge spanning the post-glacial epoch from Clovis to Columbus. Curiosity should support an increase in regional tourism as well. Initiation – The AAPS membership comprises both professional and amateur scien- tists interested in developing and sharing knowledge of ancient copper mining activi- ties in the western Lake Superior Region. AAPS must start by determining its role in this enterprise. Will it seek to develop and manage the effort by itself? Will it seek to develop and lead a coalition of interested parties? Will it seek to inspire formation of such a coalition and then contribute people, time and funds while others assume leadership? Leadership – AAPS’ first need is a key individual to lead this program, regardless of which participation role is chosen. This leader is someone with the optimistic person- ality and enthusiasm to lead such a long-term and challenging project as this. This is essentially a full-time job, and could remain such for several years. Many other AAPS members must be willing to contribute time and knowledge. A local UP person would probably be best due to the importance of networking with local and regional institutions. Scope – The second requirement is to actually define The Copper Trail. In all likeli- hood many pathways will be discovered by which copper was moved from the Re- gion to the present Canada, U.S. and Mexico, and perhaps beyond. It will be best to select only those routes and sites for which the strongest available evidence can be assembled and articulated (to avoid giving critics any opportunity to dismiss the Trail). Establish dates of activities and identify who the people were, if possible, and if they are related to present indigenous populations. Research and confirm the quantities of copper removed and the amounts of copper estimated to have been consumed by the Bronze Age. Employ as many technical tools as possible for dating and finger- printing sites and copper. Our selected sites should be robustly supported by data to avoid simply creating tourist “Mystery Spots” with no credible connection to our foun- dation belief. AAPS needs to define the geographic and technical extent of the Copper Trail project. It could be local, regional, national, and/or international. It would be logical to begin with local features centered on the AAPS’s Copper Museum. As recognition is established, expansion could involve regional sites such as museums, portages, mines, transshipment locations, etc. The Plan must address the pace and direction of scope expansion. Each step is best if self-contained or stand-alone. Sites must be selected early which contribute significantly to the Project.
  4. 4. Public Awareness – Success or failure of The Copper Trail Project rests on suc- cessful implementation of a publicity plan. General and professional support must be generated and sustained. A critical tool for achieving this would be a distinct logo or graphic to associate with the Trail, realizing it would appear in print, on roadsigns, in advertisements, etc. The publicity plan will identify players and means for generating public awareness of both the broader outline of the Trail and also of many local specifics such as a par- ticular mine or dolman or ham-merstone. Alliances through which AAPS could lever- age its resources would be especially valuable. It will be necessary to identify which vehicles (newspapers, public TV stations, schools, etc.) can be most effective in the U.P. and probably to generate a continuous stream of publicity through them to keep momentum. Funding – Another item critical to success is adequate financing. The Leader should establish budgets consistent with the scope, objectives and pace of development. Public awareness will help generate donations, but institutional sources and commit- ments will most likely be needed first. Once the Copper Trail story is written and illus- trated, the Leader can take it “on the road” to solicit contributions from some of the potential sources noted in section 8 of the Outline. Timetable – The pace of development will be limited by people and financial re- sources. Nevertheless, realistic timetables for each of the major efforts above (scope, publicity, funding) should be established with milestones for measuring progress. Reporting – The Leader should prepare a quarterly report to AAPS, benefactors, and allies/partners summarizing progress, obstacles, changes, etc. UPDATE: The board has deemed top priority, continued raising of funds for the giant float copper, & acquistion of a museum building, as we have only until March 27th, 2011 to end of contract to raise $340,000. Focus is on an existing historical building in Calumet in cooperation with city and National Parks Service- who have recently indicated great enthusiasm to work with us and our vision and goals. We are seeking grants & continued donations to these ends. The Copper Trail will be a support plan to these first goals. National Parks Service HQ in Calumet building below. Letters from Members Lee & Joy Pennington- Hi Judy, We returned to much work and am just now with chance to say thanks for the conference on ancient copper and the tours you put to- gether. I know you did an amazing amount of work organizing it all (Joy and I for 28 years organized an international storytelling festival here in Louisville and we know what work it takes to make something like the copper conference work). There were a bunch of highlights. The Seaman Mineral Museum was special, especially with Dr. Robinson's guide duties and his gracious sharing of information. Visiting the historic mines also was nice. To find the Quincy mine had 92 levels and that heat at the 92nd level was around 105 degrees (closer to the center of the earth) was interesting. Was glad to get to see Bob Wheeler's petroglyph site (which may be connected with some kind of relationship to the Copper Harbor site). If the one petroglyph is indeed Ba’al at the Wheeler site,then Baal's consort, Tanith, at Copper Harbor, would likely be re- lated the same people, Carthaginians, would have been the seafaring visitors. Oh we could name more highlights. But mainly, as David mentioned many times during the conference and tours, the best part was just being with people with similar inter- ests who shared with each other in a very special way. So this is to say thank for you all your hard work and effort. You done good! We all appreciate that. ……………………..….. Myron Paine- The Copper Culture event was outstanding. Similar events should be tied into the proposed Copper Museum. The event would make a good Elderhostel program. Perhaps a bigger “contribution” could be requested. I would be willing to be one of the Copper Trail instructors in the next program. One of my greatest gains from the event is the book by Roger Jewell entitled Ancient Mines of Kitchie Gummi. I cannot believe that the book was published in 2004, a year before the first Confer- ence on Ancient America, and I did not know about it until I bought a copy in the Min- ing Museum. You MUST get Roger Jewell on the Conference on Ancient America. He is an authoritative author that builds a logical skeleton of the copper trade and hangs a lot of flesh on the skeleton. Thanks for organizing an excellent outing.………………………………. Karin & Allen Altman- Hi Judy, Many thanks for the wonderful Copper Culture Con- ference. We especially enjoyed the petroglyphs near Copper Harbor. We’ve sent you a check for the AAPS conference in September. ............................................ David Hoffman- Always an honor to be with like-minded people, sharing questions. One can see photographs, read certain articles, but there is always something rather indescribable that results from standing in front of a prehistoric feature. Who were those guys? [who made the petroglyphs] ................................................... Lowell Ferguson Grosse Pointe Farms, MI- Sorry I did not respond when Fred passed away. I was suffering from shingles during th period. Better now. Also sorry we did not get to the UP in July to visit the copper sites. Weill consider the Fall pro- gram. This past winter, I purchased three copies of "Michigan Copper" from Snow- bound Books and had them sent to friends. One, a retired superintendent of the Northern Michigan Intermediate School District, found Fred's book fascinating as we all did. He, in turn, sent me an interesting book "1491" by Charles Mann. That book focused on the Western Hemisphere before and after Columbus's arrival in 1492. Al- though Mann's book does not reference Fred's work, it paints a very interesting por- trait of civilizations in the Americas well before Columbus arrived. It is estimated that the population of Central America was over 20 million at the time of Cortez. Mexico City was then larger than Paris and London. Clearing of the trees in the Amazon rain forest has exposed huge tracks of land that were used for irrigation farming many centuries ago. I am beginning to believe that the Western Hemisphere saw civilizations come and go over the past thousands of years. These disappeared for one reason or an- other......volcanoes, earthquakes, comets, meteors, and disease certainly took their toll. I became interested in ancient civilizations over forty years ago, starting with Stonehenge followed by Barry Fell and his America BC series, Salvatore Trento's "The Search for Lost America," and finally "Collapse" by Jared Diamond. There are many more texts yet to be read. These all point in the same direction, and that is ..... smart humans have been around for a very long time. The truth depends on the questions we ask. With Warm Regards, ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FRIEND of AAPS on the HISTORY CHANNEL I don't know if I'll be making the conference or not considering all the commitments I have coming up in the coming days. My new book comes out July 22nd and the documentary film [on the Kens- ington Stone] is set to air on History Channel September 21st. However, if I can make it, I'd love to come! Scott Wolter ……………………….…… 5th International Conference on Ancient America Sept 25-27, 2009, Marquette, Michigan Holiday Inn, Hwy 41 West phone 906-225-1351 – ask for AAPS price ($99) Limited to 100 Sponsored by AAPS & Ancient American Magazine ] The end of September is likely to have better weather than Oct. and near peak color of our annual Autumn Spectacle. ] Room rates are the same as last year- $99/ up to 6 in room. ] Our speakers - not necessarily in this order: ] Documentary Film-makers, Lee & joy Pennington: “’Eyes That Look at the Sky: The Mystery of Easter Island’ Thor Heyherdahl thought there was a set- tlement on the island from S. America (some of the stonework sure looks like Inca stonework). Other archeologists say not so. This gives a comprehensive overview of the island, people, and the giant moai.”
  5. 5. ] William Morin of Sudbury, Canada, is Native American/ British Isles blended heritage, a college professor, author, poet, philosopher, with a spe- cial interest in native interactions with ancient visitors. ] Author, Peter Marsh, has been working for years on his “Polynesian Pathways” book, which links these sea-farers with Canada, Ancient America, & Peru. He goes into genetic and plant & animal evidences. ] Karl Hoenke "Provocative Perspectives in Time" up to 12,000 years. To include the comet story and some of the plants, microbes, and animals "out of place" as per the writings of Sorenson and Johannesson. (Part of which will be incorporated into the Paradigm Project with Jay and Myron) ] Gregory Cavalli,’s family has the largest private Pre-Columbian collec- tion in the world. Several generations have mined in central America and have preserved their findings, which are sometimes on loan to museums. Gregory and his wife with their little children and a contingency of profession- als have turned to archaeology entirely, and have exciting finds to share with us. He had to cancel in ‘08 as the dig was so successful, he couldn’t leave, as will be the problem again this year. However he is creating a film on his finds,. methods, techniques, agreements with interested parties, provenance etc. which will be of value to all researchers. on that search. ] Dr. John White, 2 programs: Mystic Symbol Culture, and Sun Religion of Old and New Worlds. ] By this time, Wayne May may have some good news on the cave. We thrill just thinking about what’s soon to be found. ] Author-researcher Jay Wakefield: Poverty Point and the Copper Trail Jay Reports, “Presentation of 72 slides, many, an introductory walk-over of the site. I have documentation of pottery and metallic finds, and literature finds, that I am sure will contribute significantly to the Copper Trail story. I look forward to having fun presenting these slides!! I wish Fred could be there.” [ You and every one of us, Jay!] ] Author, Researcher, Jack Salmela: European Land Claims in Central North America -- the history behind the novel, "Of Vikings & Voyageurs" ] Radio Host, Rick /Oz Osman: "The Coalition of Pre-Columbian Stud- ies". It will give an overview of what CoPS is, how we got into this doctrine of Columbus first, and a plan for how we get out of it. ] Author-Researcher Roger Jewell “Ancient Mines of Kitchi-Gummi” and updates learned since the publication of this seminal work. He hopes to pre- miere his newest book to us. ] Judy M Johnson, Sec. AAPS: “A History of AAPS-Where we’ve been, and Where we are going” We love to hear from others who have updates to share: Sam Osmonagic says we’ll see him in ‘10. As schedules always change, if you have a short presentation handy, it would be well to be prepared should a spot open. PARADIGM TEACHERS’ SYMPOSIUM In our efforts to expand education to the schools, we are incorporating the Paradigm Project into our Sat. a.m. Schedule: Educators are invited to the day’s event at NO CHARGE. We’ll get some press in local Calendars. Myron, Jay, and Karl will work on this program which will be of interest to us all, even though some of it will not be “new” to us, having a review never hurts. DVD/PowerPoint. Karl’s introductory speech on timelines, Jeff’s PowerPoint on the “Oceans” with Myron narrating, Jay’s PowerPoint on the “Maps of Stone,” CDs will be available at no charge to teachers. ’09 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE OVERVIEW Registration Times: Hotel lobby Thursday 7:00- 9:00 pm, and on Friday 9:00 am to noon when lunch begins, followed by programs @ 1:00. Programs, with buffet meals interspersed * Friday 1:00 to 10:00 pm * Saturday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm * Sunday 9:00 am to noon Registration Fees Full conference/all programs/exhibits $135 SIX Meal package only $120 per person incl. tax/tips. Ford Motor Company on Board with Ancient Michigan Copper! GOOD NEWS! The historical department of Ford Motor Company, historian and producer, were here to interview June Rydholm (and a little with Judy too) about Fred's research and knowledge of Michigan ancient copper. They are making a film on the Industry of Ancient Michigan Copper! The historians have done enough research to know that there was a great deal of activity in ancient days here in the U.P. June did a fine job of getting the idea across of the importance of saving artifacts, having a place to house and display them, and of saving the massive float copper as the centerpiece of a museum. Mr. Robert Kreipke, Ford Motor Co. Corporate Historian, and Janine McFadden, Producer are enthusiastic about the importance of UP copper and its influence on the rest of the world. This will be a real help to get the word out far and wide, and to educate thousands about our copper. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Pennington Film & Rydholm Tribute in Marquette On Sat. May 30th from 2-4:00 pm the wonderful film we so enjoyed premier- ing at conference ’09, was shown at no charge to the public, at Peter White Public Library community rooms. June and son, Dan started the program with happy memories. Then young friend William Morrison narrated June’s slide program. The JoLee film is entitled after the ancient Norse prayer stone fund in the Escanaba River; Let Me Not Drown Upon These Waters, Fred Rydhom, Michigan’s Mr. Copper, the film highlights the joys of a lifetime of research, study, teaching, story-telling, sharing, plant- ing trees, love of family, community, friends, family and COPPER! The room was packed to standing room only with over 200 people, many of whom were wearing Fred’s fa- mous plaid shirts, given by June. The warm feelings shared by all attendees, cannot be explained here, except to say we all felt close to Fred, while hearing his booming voice, his infectious laughter, and words of wisdom. The Pennington’s say “We would not have missed this for the world. It was truly a precious event.” They had tears of joy and apprecia- tion for the reception of the film and the powerful emotions felt in the room by so many who love Fred. Photos for this article are by Eaton J. Blumenstein ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ June Rydholm Picking up Where Fred Left Off June has been a busy little beaver, handling phone calls, setting up meetings, plan- ning/ promoting the showing of the Pennington's film on Fred, doing interviews, giving out promos/ mission/goals of AAPS. She is as determined- or more so- as any one of us active members, to see Fred's dream of saving the huge float copper, for it's place as a centerpiece attraction in the future museum. She's learning to make PowerPoint presentations, and had one ready to give when receiving an award from Marquette Arts and Culture for Fred...a big push to understand the historical importance of an- cient copper and our goals. She believes we can beat our deadline to make the $340,000 to buy the copper and 40 acres, with ALL our efforts together. She goes to the Huron Mountain Club to hand them her PowerPoint program, and post cards...a subtle push toward some funding from members there, as hey do not hear direct ap- peals for any donations. Way to go, June!
  6. 6. Donations and Memorials To date we are thankful to have nearly $1400 to date. Thank you to- Karin & Allen Altman, Faye Amo, Charles & Audrey Alvord, Karl Bohnak & Liz Yel- land, Richard & Ronald Bullock, John Case, Ann & James Caudill, Charles DuCharme, Stan Hess, Judy M Johnson & Glenn DeVlaminck, Ken & Helen Johnson, Marjorie Hornblower Johnson, Dave Kallio, Kathie & Chriss Kerr, Leonard Kramer, Eeva Miller, Sally Olsen, Lee & Joy Pennington, Carol Rees, Robert Swanson, and Jim Weupper. From Am. Legion Unit #444 Baraga: Sharon Wright, Virginia Penoric, Beverly Yon, Phyllis Adams, Diane Koskinen, Barbara Broadbeck, Cindy Collins, Barbara Mayo, Sandra Pittsley, Dorothy Mayo, Diane Waara, Karen DeKleyen, Mary Williams, Viv Barada, Val Darcy, Berdee Sheldon, Barbara Stephens, & Oedith Harris. Thank you all, for your general contributions & memorials to Fred! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Renew or Not to Renew Your Membership? If you have not yet renewed and wish to continue supporting our goals, and receive the News, please send $25 (or more-thanks!) to address below. If you get the newsletter and do not wish to renew, a $5 donation to cover the cost of one issue would be most appreciated. Members-In-Good-Standing for 08-09 or through 09-10 All board and advisors: Thom Bell, Jim/Hoolie DeCaire, Glenn DeVlaminck, Oedith Harris, David Hoffman, Judy M Johnson, Dave Kallio, Carl Lindquist, Wayne May, Rick Osmon, Myron Paine (Patron,) Lee & Joy Pennington (Pa- trons,) June Rydholm, Mary Turvey, Jay Wakefield (Supporting,) Beth Webb and Robert Wheeler. Other Members (*Welcome New!): Karin & Allen Altman (patrons,), *David & Janet Anderson, Monette Bebow Reinhard, Mary Jo Berner, Charles Bruns, Kevin Callaghan (Supporting,) Anne Caudill, Charles Creager (Patron,) *Charles DuCharme, Barb Dukeman, *Lowell Ferguson (Supp.,) Hugh Fox, Larry Gallant, Richard & Judy Haskell, Stan Hess (Supp.,) Karl Hoenke (Supp.,) Peter Hoheisel, Robert & Joan Howling, Charles Huver & Andrea Hildebrandt, *Larry & Sue Koetter (Benefactors,) Leonard Kramer (Supp.,) Dale Kramer (Supp.,) Gail Manthei, Marion Manthei, Eeva Miller (Supp.,) Mary Ellen Quaine, Chris Reinhold Hill, *Fred K. Rydholm, *Tom Teel, Norm Thomas, Wayne & Crystal Trickle, *Wayne Westerson (Supp), and *J.C. Williamson. Some have already paid for 09/10, thank you very much! We fig- ure memberships from Sept.-Oct. as so many join and renew at conference time. If you are a paid-up member, and do not see your name here, please let Judy know she’s made an error. Thanks. Your renewals are appreciated. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ AAPS PowerPoint CD Now Available Judy will send to anyone for a small fee: A PowerPoint Program "AAPS His- tory from 1999 to 2009" is now ready with self-explanatory images. Any one of you who have been to an AAPS conference and/or heard Fred Rydholm speak, can make a decent fill-in talk using this little program of 28 slides. It starts with Patt Hendrick- son's People's Festivals in Baraga Michigan with ancient American subjects and pro- grams and exhibits, to formulation of our casual PCCRS/Pre-Columbian Cultural Research Society and excursions, to AAAPF and conferences to our final name AAPS. Our goals of acquiring the giant float copper, land and eventual museum with photos, are included. LOTS of pictures of people and artifacts are included. I'll be happy to send you a copy for just $3.75 to cover CD, case and shipping. Judy M Johnson, PO Box 216, Skandia MI 49885 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ AAPS / Diffusionist Museum in New York State Wayne May has worked with hotel owners to establish a mini-museum (30’x60’) at Palmyra Inn, in upstate New York. Both are along what is known as the “Mormon Trail.” Wayne says that about 60% of the tour travelers are Mormon, the rest, interested parties in America’s ancient past. Thousands of travelers each summer traverse these historical trails. A perfect place to ex- pand the copper history and other evidences. In the extensive glass dis- play cabinets, Wayne is show- ing some of his treasures. AAPS has loaned some of our ancient copper artifacts, and a portion of the Michigan Relics/Tablets from the David Deal/Henriette Mertz collection will also be exhibited. The arti- facts will be displayed with in- formational cards. Also available in the hotel gift shops, will be related books on the subjects, including Fred Rydholm’s Michigan Copper book, and AAPS fund-raiser post cards…which help promote our goals of acquiring the giant float copper and eventual museum building. Here’s a coup; the Michigan State Historical Society is loaning 100 pieces of the Michigan Tablet collec- tion for this exhibit. Photo shows the AAPS exhibit. Congratulations and thanks to Wayne for helping to create perhaps the first true diffusionist museum, which will do much to promote and display anomalies until a major museum can be built. To loan a piece from your collection, mail to: Palmyra Inn, 955 Canandaigua Road, Palmyra, New York 14522. Contact Wayne May at 877-494-0044 or 1-800-426-9900. Tips: When you select artifacts from your own collections to loan to the museum, take photos, check with your insurance company to make sure the item is covered against loss in transit and in a location away from your home. You may need to add a small rider to your policy. Keep track of all ex- penses and deduct them under the AAPS non-profit status. Ask that your items go into the AAPS section of the exhibits. ..............PENNIES for Mr. COPPER By Lee Pennington If we all can think together and do together, we can get Fred's dream of the copper piece saved and the museum going in his honor. It would be a shame not to call the museum the Fred Rydholm Ancient Artifact Museum or something near that. If Fred's name is connected to the whole thing up front, it will certainly help the fundraising, I think. Also, every single one of us needs to donate something, whatever we can, if only a $1. Each person needs to be and feel a part of this. I've tried to think of something unique that would get thou- sands of people involved--something so unique that it would attract media attention world-wide and even attract total strangers to the cause. I thought about this kind of campaign: "Pennies for Mr. Copper," and having people send their pennies to a bank account set up in Marquette strictly for saving the piece of float copper. With a little You Tube and other outlets and EVERYBODY spreading the word, it might just attract enough attention to work. The logistics of THAT many pennies would be horrendous, but that's exactly what would attract the attention. After all, it would only take 35,000,000 pennies. At approximately 180 pennies per pound, that would only be approximately 194,444 pounds, about 97 tons. Wouldn't this give everybody some kind of sense of the amount of copper that came out of the UP and Isle Royale in an- cient times? Some estimates are as high as a billion pounds that came from those ancient mines. So when all the copper pennies started rolling in for Mr. Copper, and the mass started growing, we could say, "Hey, if you think this is a lot of copper, just imagine how much copper was mined by the ancients. Also, it would give a sense of just how big this piece of float copper is (some estimates 70 tons, or about 27 tons less than the pennies needed to save it). EVERYBODY could participate for just pennies, literally. Even during these hard economic times, people could, and I think would, donate their pennies without their suffering. And I think a bank in Marquette, in spite of the logistics, would be willing do this for Fred. [Ed. Note: We suggest you start a penny jar, to bring it to fall confer- ence to dump together with other penny-savers. If you are flying, and you have a big weight of pennies, you might want to change it into paper at your bank, before con- ference or mailing to us. If a display is necessary for publicity purposes, we can change your paper back into copper.]
  7. 7. May & August Board Meetings Report In our accounts: 7-30-09: Savings - $14,917.86 Checking - $566.24 This is before costs of newsletter product & QuarkXpress Elections- AAPS Officers: Glenn E DeVlaminck (prev. VP) moved into Fred’s spot as President. Newly elected are Vice President: David Hoffman 2nd Vice President: Ray Meininger Renewed are Treasurer, Dave Kallio and Secretary, Judy M Johnson. Board Members Renewed and New: Oedith Harris Jim (Hoolie) DeCaire Thom Bell Mary Turvey Robert Wheeler Beth Webb WELCOME June Rydholm and Carl Lindquist! Advisors: Lee Pennington, Jay Wakefield, Myron Paine, Ida Jane Gal- lagher, Jeff Bennett, Rick Osman, Karl Hoenke, WELCOME new Advisor, Charles DuCharme. We have received a note of resignation from Dan Hornbogen for personal and health reasons. He is regretful that he must do so. We thank him for the years of sage advice he has given, and we wish him well. David Richarde, citing irreconcilable beliefs & goals, resigned early this year as well. Recent News and Decisions: After five of us visited “our” float copper and site we decided unanimously that we would not build on that remote woodsy site, but seek an existing building in Calumet, perhaps an old mining structure associated with the Na- tional Parks Service. Money would better be spent on that than on an expen- sive road across the easement to the interior forty acres. Judy popped into the Parks offices on Aug. 6th, ran into city liason to the Parks, executive di- rector of Main Street Calumet, Historic Preservation; Tom Tikkanen, who was extremely responsive to our plan of having a museum with a focus on an- cient copper. He said “Perfect! People want to know more about aboriginal copper people and we don’t know what to tell them. We have this great book by Fred Rydholm, but not everyone can buy that.” I shared some things about our group, our goals to buy the copper and have a museum, and they want to work with us. Having “copper” in our museum name, will not limit us when you consider how copper connected the Americas to the rest of the world, and it helps get us into a system that wants to help us succeed in hav- ing a museum. By conference we will have more to report on this. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MES Barry Fell Award Given to Fred Rydholm Each year the Midwestern Epigraphic Society selects a worth recipient for this honor. The organi- zation continues the work of finding, preserving and deciphering ancient epigraphy whether on stone, clay, metals or parchments. These words and symbols are key in helping us under- stand our history and our connectedness with the worlds beyond out shores. The group presented the award posthumously, to Fred, being accepted by Lee Penning- ton. Lee gave a program about Fred and AAPS as well. We are all most appreciative! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Curious Stone Found on Shores of Lake Superior In the 1960s, Judy’s friend Donna’s brother, Charley MacIntosh, found a small marked rock on the north shore of the Keweenaw Peninsula. He’s always kept it as a treasured touchstone. He’s agreed to show a photograph of it here in hopes that some of our people might have a clue as to its origin and meaning. Photo showing front & back, is discolored reddish tone, by flash. White banding indi- cates Lake Superior igneous black basalt as the base stone. The MacIntosh’s own the charming Nahma Inn Bed and Breakfast on Lake Michigan in Southern UP. 906- 644-2486 AAPS is “Mission Fish” Approved Charity on eBay If you sell or buy on eBay, here’s an easy way to help raise funds for AAPS. Judy is selling some of her books on eBay with 10% of sale price being automatically credited to AAPS’s PayPal account. YOU can do the same thing when you sell or buy. Just look for the “Donate to a Charity” button, scroll to AAPS or put it in the search to find us. Then select the % you wish to contribute. It is tax deductible as a charitable 501-C-3 corporation. They send receipts ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MAGAZINES FEATURE ANCIENT UP COPPER The May/June 2009 issue of Michigan History Magazine featured an 8 page report on ANCIENT copper pits in the Copper Country. They noted reports of early historical agents of mines; captains, superintend- ents, and high ranking company officials. They consis- tently reported that signs of ancient miners were most evident. They said these prehistoric miners were not primitive, but “were educated and had a broad base of world experience.” Maps and photos supported the story; showing positions of ancient copper pits, cribbing holding hammered copper boulders, and tools. They acknowledged the thousands of pits on Isle Royale alone. The expert contributing this data? John Halsey, the State of Michi- gan’s Archaeologist. Very interesting. 2 issues of Rock & Gem feature Michigan Copper: #36, August 2006, and #39, May 2009. What’s exciting about these articles is they have answered the burning question; what’s the chemical fingerprint that can identify Miichigan copper from that found elsewhere in the world. It’s the SILVER- and a wee bit of arsenic! Ours is the only copper in the world that has this intrinsic fingerprint. Bob Jones is the author/re- searcher of both articles. I’ll call him as soon as I receive the issues I have ordered. Vintage post card showing 5 millions lbs of UP copper awaiting shipment. c.1930s BOOK DONATED TO AAPS We received an intriguing book by Stephen W Snuffer, “Mountain Mysteries and Ancient History: the Prophecy of the 7th Seal and Crystal Skulls” It’s BIG, 8.5”x11” & 689 pages, soft cover. Its focus is on ancient archaeology of West Virginia with a wide smattering of many topics, showing lots of photos of inscriptions and ogam writing found inside mounds, on cliffs and at stone forts. Mr. Snuffer is an em- ployee of West Virginia as a substance abuse therapist. Additionally he is an insur- ance agent and private investigator, aiding him in ferreting out evidence of ancient visitations and their link to native peoples. Read about mounds, pyramids, petro- glyphs, end-time & ancient calendars, and many mysteries. $55.50, Stephen Snuffer, PO Box 786 Cool Ridge WV 25825. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ SILENT AUCTION AGAIN PLANNED FOR AAPS CONFERENCE on ANCIENT AMERICA Our silent auction of donated goods last year at 4th Annual Conf. on Ancient America raised $769! thanks to the generosity of our friends. Most items were related to archaeological subjects: books, images, mineral specimens, artifacts, tools, etc. A few things were unrelated but brought some income too. We again seek donations of goods to support our mutual goals of a dif- fusionist museum. See registration form to pledge your donation, even if you cannot come to the conference. Thank YOU! Mail to: AAPS, PO Box 216, Skandia MI 49885 Phone Judy: 906-942-7865 or 810-299-5210
  8. 8. AAPS NEWS, August 2009 PO Box 216 Skandia MI 49885 Membership Paid (08-09) (09-10) Due (08-09) Mail To: