Superintendent Announces Retirement
Contact: Tom Baker, Management Assistant, (906) 337-3168
Frank C. Fiala, Superintendent of Keweenaw National Historical Park since April, 1997, will retire on January 3, 2007, after nearly 32 years of Federal service. Fiala’s assignments during his National Park Service career have included park ranger and management positions at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in Alaska, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, and Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado. Fiala also served as a medic in the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1973.
Fiala and his wife, Emily, plan to remain in the Copper Country in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and continue their involvement in a wide range of activities.
Did You Know?
Early native peoples began the first metal mining in North America over 7,000 years ago with copper mining on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. Copper was fashioned into tools and items that were traded throughout North America.