Chamber Director's Blog

Preserving History

Not many Chambers of Commerce own a statue, but the Ironwood Chamber does:  Hiawatha.  Standing tall atop a hill overlooking the city of Ironwood, and gazing out toward Lake Superior, this statue was errected in the early 1960's for a host of reasons.  Made of fiberglass, this statue has, after some 50+ years, arrived at the point of needed a complete restoration.  Broken parts need to be reattached, other parts need reinforcement, and the entire statue needs to be carefully sanded and cleaned in preparation for a new painting and sealing.   At the end of June, the F.A.S.T. Corporation of Sparta, WI, one of the very few national companies still building and restoring fiberglass outdoor statues, will come to Ironwood and begin the restoration process.   If you would like to help, please send a donation to the Ironwood Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 45, Ironwood, MI 49938 or at