Public Invited to Meet Park Superintendent
Contact: Tom Baker, Park Ranger/Management Assistant, 906-483-3016
(Calumet, MI) The National Park Service at Keweenaw National Historical Park and the Keweenaw NHP Advisory Commission will host an open house to greet new superintendent Mike Pflaum as he assumes the helm this week. The public is invited to meet Mike at the open house on Thursday, February 3 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at park headquarters located at the corner of Red Jacket Road and US Highway 41 in Calumet.
Pflaum, most recently the Regional Partnerships Coordinator in the National Park Service (NPS) Midwest Regional Office in Omaha, is a 30-year NPS veteran. Mike served as the Chief Ranger at Mount Rushmore National Monument for eleven years prior to his appointment at the regional office.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” Pflaum said of his new assignment. “I am looking forward to working collaboratively with park partners and the outstanding park staff, and to getting to know the people of the community. I am drawn by the fascinating history of Keweenaw National Historical Park and the natural beauty of the area."
Mike’s family includes his wife Barbara, a former NPS Park Ranger, and two daughters, Katie, 20, a student at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and Emily, 23, a music teacher in Minneapolis. In addition to their work in the parks, Mike and Barbara enjoy hiking, cross country skiing, photography, and exploring the great parks, historic sites, and wildlands of the nation. They are looking forward to pursuing these interests in and around Upper Michigan’s Copper Country.
Refreshments will be provided at the open house by the Advisory Commission. For additional information, please call park headquarters at (906) 337-3168.
Did You Know?
The largest known quantities in the world of pure, native copper were found on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. In some cases, the deposits were up to 97% pure, requiring little chemical processing to produce ingots of pure copper.