Calumet Visitor Center Project - 2009 Project Updates
In early November, Dr. Marcella Wells conducted several focus groups with community members and individuals associated with many of the park's partners and neighbors to evaluate the current status of the content for the Union Building exhibits. Once the information is compiled from both the focus groups and the public meeting that was held on November 4th, a report on the meetings along with a implementation plan on how to incorporate the feedback into the exhibit content development will be presented.
The park hosted a public meeting on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at park headquarters in Calumet. to acquire feedback on the current design of an exhibit that will be located in the historic Union Building in Calumet. Attendees were able to look at detailed floor plans, view a three-dimensional model of the exhibit area, see some elevation drawings of exhibit features and read descriptions of exhibits that included proposed objects for display and the topics the exhibit text will cover. There were also some samples of interpretive text to review.
A key component of the exhibits will be the artifacts and abjects that are used to help tell the stories of the people and the community. The park is currently looking for many specific items that will better illustrate the exhibit. You can download the list of artifacts that we are interested in acquiring here.
J. Clark Construction Inc. of Hancock, Michigan was awarded the window restoration project and has begun preliminary work to reinstall windows on the second and third floors of the Union Building.
Quinn Evans Architects has begun the Design Development phase for the architectural and engineering components of the project. In mid-October, staff from Quinn Evans Architects, the Office of Krister Olmon, Keweenaw National Historical Park, the National Park Service's Interpretive Design Center and the Midwest Regional Office of the National Park Service met to discuss coordination issues between the architectural work and the exhibits.
At this point in the exhibit planning process, attendees were able to look at detailed floor plans, view a three-dimensional model of the exhibit area, see some elevation drawings of exhibit features and read descriptions of exhibits that will include proposed objects for display and the topics the exhibit text will cover. Attendees to the meeting had the opportunity to provide feedback to park staff and the exhibit designer.
The meeting was held at park headquarters, located at 25970 Red Jacket Road, Calumet, Michigan beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Download an Adobe pdf of the Design Development I Plan (9.0 MB file)
NPS Photo, Dan Johnson
The Office of Krister Olmon, Inc. provided a report of findings from focus groups held for the initial exhibit concepts in October 2008. Download a copy of the report. (Adobe pdf)
Did You Know?
Woody Guthrie's song "1913 Massacre" brought attention to a tragedy that occurred in Calumet, Michigan on December 24, 1913 during a bitter copper miner's strike. Reports claim that a shout of fire caused panic at a party at the Italian Hall. 74 people died in the stampede down the steep stairway.