Hancock in Houghton County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
321 Quincy Street
Edward Steichen (1879-1973) and Lilian Steichen
Sandburg (1883-1977), wife of writer Carl Sandburg.
At this site in the 1880s the seed was sown that later
grew into Steichen’s signature exhibition,
”The Family of Man.”
Historically recognized during the City of Hancock’s
sesquicentennial celebration of 2013.
Erected 2013 by City of Hancock.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Women.
Location. 47° 7.607′ N, 88° 35.048′ W. Marker is in Hancock, Michigan, in Houghton County. Marker is on Quincy Street (U.S. 41) east of North Montezuma Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Marker is a metal plaque, mounted at eye-level, directly on the subject building, just to the left of the main front entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 321 Quincy Street, Hancock MI 49930, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hancock / Town Hall and Fire Hall (within shouting distance of this The Finnish American National Historical Archive & Museum (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Main / Suomi College (approx. ¼ mile away); The First Finnish Newspaper in America (approx. ¼ mile away); Industry (approx. half a mile away); Copper Range Railroad Depot 1899 (approx. half a mile away); Growth and Change (approx. 0.7 miles away); Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hancock.
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1. Eduard Jean Steichen. Born in Luxembourg, Steichen and his parents immigrated to the United States when he was two years old. They settled in the small city of Hancock, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where Steichen’s father worked in the copper mines. When his father was incapacitated by poor health the family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the artist’s mother supported the family as a milliner. Beginning at age 15, Steichen served a four-year apprenticeship in a lithographic firm. During the 1890s he independently studied both painting and photography. (Submitted on August 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Lilian "Paula" Sandburg. Daughter of John Pierre and Mary Kemp Steichen of Luxembourg, Lilian was born in Hancock, Michigan on May 1, 1883. She was a first-generation American and sister to Edward Steichen. After graduating Phi-Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago in 1903, she taught high school in North Dakota and Illinois for the next four years. She was a member of the Wisconsin Social-Democratic party, translating German literature into English. She often attended meetings at party headquarters in Milwaukee where on December 1907, she met a fellow activist named Charles Sandburg. (Submitted on August 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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