“Laconic phrases came out of Mike Hillman in a natural North Country Poetry. Mike then digressed — all good storytellers digress — to tell me, offhand and by the way, on of the most affecting small-town stories I’ve ever heard. In Mike Hillman I thought I had stumbled upon the soul of Ely, Minnesota. He is a tenacious and able man of the north. In the spirit of his forebearers, he can do anything he sets his mind to — even if it’s something he’s never done before. Ely should always belong to prople like Iron Mike Hillman, who realize that lakes are the eyes of the earth; people who know enough to thank the Great Spirit for the rice harvest and to tread lightly on the portages.” Charles Kuralt in Charles Kuralt’s America — the introduction from Mike Hillman’s book.
By James Cloyd Bowman and Margery Bianco.
“Tupa” means the cottage of the Finnish common people. Ancient popular tales are made up of myths, legends and animal stories, and stories from the Kalevala. Appeals to young and old.
“Bob Cary is the best storyteller I know. More clarity comes from his pen than I can coax out of my Nikon. I wonder if he would trade?” – Jim Brandenburg, author and photographer.
By Ron Morton and Carl Gawboy with illustrations by Carl Gawboy.
Geology and 10,000 years of Native American tradition in the Lake Superior Region. Book is the result of a series of lectures by Carl Gawboy on the facts of Native American culture and tradition with different stories and myths. Discussion of stars, pictographs and their meanings.
By Grace Lee Nute.
Brings alive the eras of the fur trade and voyageurs, the personalities of the Iron Rangers, and the way of life of the loggers. Published by the Minnesota Historical Society as a result of Frank Hubachek asking for Nute to write the history. Written in 1941, reprinted 1969.
History of a logging town from 1885 through 1922…the rise and fall of a logging town. Details everyday life, describes logging operations sawmills, labor disputes, and overall history of the area during this time.
Dedicated to those who love the lakes, the Northwoods, and the heartbeat of a small town.