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Contact: Kathleen Harter, 906-483-3024
(Calumet, MI) Are you looking for a fun place to take visiting friends and family members? Are you curious to learn more about the area's local history? Then put Keweenaw National Historical Park and the twenty-one Keweenaw Heritage Sites on your list of summer activities. Each site represents a different aspect of the area's copper mining history and provides endless opportunities for exploration and discovery.
What kinds of opportunities do these sites offer? Old Victoria, located along the North Country Trail in Ontonagon County, is offering a guided walk on June 6 as part of National Trails Day. Enjoy panoramic views and historic ruins as guides share their knowledge and passion for the area's history.
If you're in the Calumet area, consider visiting Keweenaw National Historical Park's Calumet Visitor Center. Filled with 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, hundreds of photographs, and detailed historical architecture, this building and the exhibits are certain to keep you busy for a morning or afternoon. The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from May 17 –October 3, 2015. Hours are 9-5 EDT.
In addition to the permanent exhibits, the park has developed two exhibits for the 2015 summer season. #MissingintheCopperCountry: Calumet is based on a popular series of Facebook posts. Each image is composed of two photographs taken from the same location: one in the past, and the other from the present day. These images are combined to show the effects of time on the landscape while highlighting the buildings, businesses, people, and events of the past. The series is ongoing and consists of many more images, so check www.facebook.com/KeweenawNHP to see more!
Craft the Keweenaw is a hands-on LEGO®exhibit, and includes two building block playsets: Build &Explore Historic Calumet and Craft Quincy Mine. Youth—of all ages!—are invited to build streetscapes and mine sites inspired by the Copper Country's towns and industries.
As part of the upcoming National Park Service Centennial celebration, we're inviting you to Find Your Park:the place where you can explore nature;reflect on how history has shaped us and our world;and connect with the places and communities that tell our American story. Parks across the country are planning events, activities, and programs to invite people to explore public lands, take part in the work we do, and connect with the parks down the street, across the state, and even around the country. There's no better place to explore the breadth and scope of the places it preserves and interprets than Michigan, particularly the Keweenaw Peninsula and Keweenaw NHP.
For more information please contact Keweenaw National Historical Park Headquarters at (906)337-3168 or visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/kewe. Contact the Calumet Visitor Center at (906) 483-3176.