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    Keweenaw

    National Historical Park Michigan

Superintendent Announces Retirement

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Date: October 12, 2006
Contact: Tom Baker, Management Assistant, (906) 337-3168

Frank C. Fiala, Superintendent of Keweenaw National Historical Park
Frank C. Fiala, Superintendent of Keweenaw National Historical Park
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?

A small memorial park in Calumet, Michigan where the Italian Hall once stood is for the 74 people killed in a stampede on Dec. 24, 1913.

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. 73 people died in the stampede down the steep stairway.