This winter and spring, the Village will host a variety of programs related to Mary Doria Russell’s The Women of Copper Country, the book chosen by the Michigan Humanities Council as the 2021-22 Great Michigan Read. Make sure to register for these programs in advance as space is limited.

Get Your Copy of the Book!
Participants in our January 12 “Michigan Coasts: Keweenaw Peninsula” program will receive a copy of Mary Doria Russell’s The Women of Copper Country (limit 1 per household). Starting January 13, any remaining copies will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. If you’re not coming to the January 12 program, you can request a copy of the book by filling out this form.You will be contacted when/if a book becomes available after January 12.

We also have a very limited number of audio and e-book versions available. Please contact if you would like an audio or e-book copy of The Women of Copper Country.

January 12, 6:00pm: Michigan Coasts: Keweenaw Peninsula
Troy Historical Society Member: $10 ǀ Non-member: $15
“Visit” Michigan’s northernmost coast, where geology and rich mineral deposits gave rise to Indigenous cultures, our state’s mining industry, and the Cornish Pastie. This history talk is a blend of earth science, ancient and modern history, plus everyone gets a delicious pastie to enjoy while we lay the historic groundwork for our upcoming The Women of Copper Country book discussions. Participants will receive a free copy of the book (limit 1 per household). Program is held inside Niles-Barnard House on our site.

Click here to register for Michigan Coasts: Keweenaw Peninsula

 February 16, 6:00pm: The Women of Copper Countrybook discussion – Free!
Troy Historic Village presents a free book discussion on Mary Doria Russell’s riveting account of 25-year-old Annie Clements who stood up for the Upper Peninsula miners and their families during the 1913 Calumet copper strikes. You are notrequired to have read the book for the discussion. As part of the Great Michigan Read grant, free copies of The Women of Copper Country are available at the Village on a first-come, first-served basis, starting with participants in our January 12 Michigan Coasts program.

Click here to register for our first book discussion on The Women of Copper Country

More book discussions, exhibits, and programs are coming this spring, stay tuned!

The 2021–22 Great Michigan Read is presented by Michigan Humanities and supported by national, statewide, and local partners, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Meijer Foundation, Laborers’ International Union of North America, MSU Federal Credit Union, and Library of Michigan.

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