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    National Historical Park Michigan

Park Awards 2008 Heritage Grants

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Date: August 21, 2008
Contact: Tom Baker, Management Assistant, (906) 337-1104, ext131

(Calumet, MI) The National Park Service at Keweenaw National Historical Park awarded a total of ten Keweenaw Heritage Grants this week. The first open grant opportunity since the park’s inception in 1992 was welcomed with enthusiasm by owners of historic property within the Quincy and Calumet Units of the park.

The purpose of the grants is to provide enhancement funds for a broad range of heritage-related projects. A total of $30,002 was awarded to ten (10) applicants, ranging from $1,000 to $6,000. The total costs of the ten projects ranged from $5,000 to $37,000 for a total of $162,947 in preservation work that will be accomplished with the assistance of the program.

Grantees were required to meet the park’s current legislative requirement of $4 of non-Federal funds to match every $1 of National Park Service funds. Grantees also agree to provide a degree of public access by a variety of means to help increase appreciation and understanding of the rich heritage that is encompassed by the stories related to copper mining on the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Applicant’s projects involved a broad range of preservation projects including continued stabilization efforts for historic industrial facilities, exterior rehabilitation of historic homes, historic church rehabilitation projects, and safety projects related to the sustainability of historic resources, among others. Projects were selected for funding based on answers submitted in the application, available funds, and a balance of project types and location.

NPS staff offers many thanks and congratulations to the community for their high level of interest in providing stewardship for the precious historic resources of the Copper Country.

Recipients:

1. Charter Township of Calumet – C&H Drill Shop Roof structure stabilization; concrete floor; windows - $3,000

2. Debra J. Aubin – 414-1/2 Fifth Street Exterior rehab; roof; siding; windows - $6,000

3. Quincy Mine Hoist Association – Martin House Interior rehab; rooms adjacent to kitchen exhibit room - $2,500

4. Quincy Mine Hoist Association – Engine No. 6 Locomotive Transport to Quincy Mine Site roundhouse - $3,298

5. Quincy Mine Hoist Association – Emergency Safety Ladder 400’ emergency access ladder connecting Adit Entry (Level No. 7) with ground surface at No. 2 Shaft - $1,200

6. St. Paul the Apostle Church – Interior Rehab Replace carpeting as part of extensive interior rehabilitation - $5,000

7. Norwegian Lutheran Church – Roof Structure Replace deteriorated framing members, decking, and shingles - $5,000

8. Michigan House – Exterior Lighting Install exterior signage lighting - $1,000

9. Village of Calumet – Calumet Theatre Improvements Balcony railings; rehab portico signage; door/window maintenance; restroom maintenance - $1,000

10. Habitat for Humanity – ReStore (former First Apostolic Lutheran Church) Life-safety/building preservation maintenance: hard-wired smoke detectors; fire extinguishers; paint floors and basement walls. - $2,000

Did You Know?

Washington School was built in 1875 by the Calumet & Hecla Copper Mining Company.

Many copper mining companies in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula followed a management practice known as corporate paternalism. The companies provided housing, schools, hospitals, libraries, bath houses and other amenities in order to attract and retain a loyal and productive workforce.