• Underground Tamarack Trammer Car

    Keweenaw

    National Historical Park Michigan

Additional Resources

Quincy No.2 Shaft-Rockhouse

Library of Congress Photo

Teaching With Historic Places (TwHP)

In this lesson, students visit the Quincy Mining Company Historic District (National Historic Landmark) and learn about the early 20th century copper industry and mining, immigration, and labor unrest in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. Staff from Keweenaw National Historical Park assisted in the production of this lesson and it is the first Teaching with Historic Places lesson plan to feature a historic place in Michigan.

TwHP homepage

For a direct link to the Quincy #2 Lesson Plan, click here.

 
Old Washington School, Curto Album, 1915

Old Washington School, Calumet, MI, 1915

Keweenaw NHP Archives

Education Plan

The park's Education Plan is product of numerous educators and park staff working together to help direct the future educational endeavors at the Park. It identifies the education projects that are proposed, in progress and those that have been completed. You will find helpful park themes and educational goals along with comprehensive reading list with brief descriptions of each title in this document.

 
Downtown and Industrial Calumet
Industrial and Downtown Calumet Self-Guided Booklets

These booklets contain maps, photos, and general information that guide visitors, school groups, and educators to the resources of the Calumet Unit of the park. To download lower resolution Adobe pdfs of these booklets, click on the title above. You can also purchase printed versions of these booklets from the Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association bookstore.
 
photo: Ranger Kristen in front of #2 Shaft-rockhouse

Ranger Kristen standing outside Quincy's #2 shaft-rockhouse

NPS Photo

Keweenaw Stories

Join park rangers as they explore the many features of Keweenaw National Historical Park. These short videos provide details on park places and stories. The videos average two minutes in length and are written and presented by park staff. The first videos are up with more to come.

 
KEWE brochure
Park Brochure
The park brochure is an excellent resource for getting an overview of the area's copper mining history. It contains illustrations, photos, text and park maps. Download an Adobe pdf of the brochure here(caution: 5.85 MB file) or you can request that a copy be mailed to you.
 
Copper Mining History Timeline
This web-based version of an exhibit at the park information desk located at the Quincy Mine Gift Shop provides a historic overview of the copper mining story of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Click on the Copper Mining History Timeline title above to view the link.
 
Park Overview Powerpoint
Teachers can request a CD of this 45-minute presentation which provides an overview of the copper mining history of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The slide show contains both historic and present day images and includes information about Keweenaw National Historical Park. To request a copy, call Kathleen Harter, Chief of Interpretation and Education at (906) 483-3024.

Did You Know?

Miners pose outside the #5 Tamarack Mine shaft in this 1908 photograph by Adolph F. Isler. Keweenaw NHP Archives.

The Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan was home to one of our nation's first mineral rushes. Prospectors seeking copper travelled there in the middle 1840's, a few years before the "49'ers" sought gold out west. The story of this rush is told today at Keweenaw National Historical Park.