Calumet Visitor Center Project - 2008 Project Updates
Work on the steam heating project is nearing completion and the heating system will be activated for the first floor within the next few weeks. The second and third floors will not be activated until the windows are reinstalled on those floors next year.
The purpose of the exhibit is to interpret the relationship of community residents, commercial ventures, and civic organizations to the mining story. The exhibit is tentatively titled Life in a Copper Mining Community. Krister Olmon has been tasked with developing three proposals for presenting Calumet's social history through these exhibits. The firm will share these initial concepts at the meeting. The exhibit planners and designers will show how they intend to distill the interpretive stories and major interpretive themes into messages easily understood in exhibits. In this early stage of development, participants can expect to see a "bubble diagram", a tentative floor plan, and a few illustrations.
Krister Olmon, Inc. was selected as the exhibit planning and design contractor from the National Park Service Indefinite Quantities Contract. An exhibit design charette was held with staff from the park, Harpers Ferry Design Center, Midwest Region and Krister Olmon, Inc. to discuss park stories and themes and potential materials for information and display. In late October, a Value Analysis of proposed alternatives for exhibit treatment will be held. A public meeting will be coordinated with this meeting to allow for comment by interested parties.
Did You Know?
Maggie Walz, a Finnish immigrant, worked as a domestic servant while attending night school to learn English. She eventually became a prominent business woman in Calumet. Maggie advocated for women's rights, organized a temperance society and assisted many in the Finnish community. More...