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Unearthed relics from our past

January 14, 2008 - Diane Speer
It’s pretty bad when after working a full work week at the newspaper, I end up spending a good chunk of my Saturday back at the office. No sympathy required here, though. In anticipation of a new exhibit opening soon at the Besser Museum, my husband and I were poking through all the forgotten nooks and crannies of the newspaper plant. See, the upcoming exhibit is actually about the newspaper, its history and the changes in print technology. Bill and I love the industry, and we love history, so being able to spend an afternoon unearthing many forgotten relics from newspaper publishing days of the past was not work at all. It was exciting!

The exhibit is being called “The Alpena News Then and Now,” and it opens Jan. 26 with a public reception from 3-6 p.m. The photo you see is just one of the treasures we happened upon during our weekend search. It was taken back in 1885 at The Alpena Argus, one of the numerous dailies and weeklies that came before our current-day newspaper. The museum has in its archives examples of all those other early papers that they will be display along with many materials, photos and items from our newspaper plant. Hopefully, all will collectively and interestingly help to tell the story of how The Alpena News evolved into what it is today.

We hope that you can join us Jan. 26, but if you can’t, the exhibit will be on display in the museum’s large gallery through March 23.


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This 1885 photo was taken at the Alpena Argus, a forerunner of the current-day Alpena News.