Wanted to share this with the group - I haven't gone to check it out YET!
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Soldiers in the Shadows exhibit opens at Pellston Regional Airport June 9
A new exhibit at Pellston Regional Airport, "Soldiers in the Shadows," will tell the story of 1st Michigan Sharpshooters Company K, Michigan's Anishnaabek, who comprised one of the largest all-Indian units for the Union Army in the Civil War, 1861-65.
The exhibit is a project of Emmet County and its Historical Commission, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, and Petersburg National Battlefield, a National Park Service park in Virginia.
"This exhibit tells how a unique and often overlooked group of men helped shaped the course of history for their own Native American communities, as well as how they played a pivotal part in one of the defining events in American history," said Eric Hemenway, repatriation specialist with the LTBB.
The exhibit opens with light refreshments and a welcome by Hemenway at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9. The opening coincides with several celebratory events at the airport, including the grand opening of the new Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting/Snow Removal Equipment facility, and a visit by the historic "Yankee Lady" World War II bomber, with crew and staff from the Yankee Air Museum. The grand opening of the ARFF/SRE building is set to take place at noon, and the public is welcome to attend. (Information about tours and flights aboard the Yankee Lady can be found on the Emmet County Web site, www.emmetcounty.org.)
In addition, visitors to the airport's main terminal can also peruse a new art display area on the second level, near the Soldiers in the Shadows exhibit. The first exhibit in this new area will feature local artists of the Mackinaw City Area Arts Council, with work by adults and school children.
While at the airport, visitors may also experience the Odawa Warriors' Journey exhibit that has been on display on the main level since August 2011. The exhibit continues to be open to the public through August 2012.
All exhibits and artwork displays are free and open to the public to enjoy. Preferred visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
The Soldiers in the Shadows exhibit is on the second floor. It will include several interpretive display boards, an authentic replica stockade such as were common during the Civil War, and historic artifacts from both Petersburg National Battlefield and Emmet County families. Included in the exhibit are authentic artifacts that were used during the Civil War. These include a musket, bullets, shrapnel and buttons from uniforms, as well as two, 2-cent coins given to a Northern Michigan private upon his discharge from the Union Army.
This exhibit over all examines a critical transition period for the Anishnaabek ; the 19th century and how the Anishnaabek fit into the defining moment of American history during this period, the Civil War. The story of Company K is one that has garnered national attention in recent months for the heroic actions of the Indians involved. The Anishnaabek, made up of the Odawa, Ojibway and Potawatomi, have a long, and sometimes complicated, history in Michigan.
Company K had 146 men. Of these 146, 139 regulars were Anishnaabek. The only Indian officer was Garrett Gravereat, a 2nd Lt. Anishnaabek from the all over the state originally mustered in 1861, but were refused entry into the army. Of the 146, 32 men came from Emmet and Charlevoix counties in northern Michigan.
All of the towns and villages Company K came from are traditional Odawa, Ojibway and Potawatomi communities, predating the arrival of Europeans in the Great Lakes during the 17th century.
To read more on the story of Company K, visit the Emmet County Web site at www.emmetcounty.org/historical / On this section of the Web site, you can also learn more about the Odawa Warriors' Journey exhibit and the Emmet County Historical Commission.
For questions about the exhibits, please call (231) 348-1704 or email bpiehl@....