Park Awards 2018 Heritage Grants

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Date: May 11, 2018
Contact: Scott See or Wendy Davis, 906-337-3168
Contact: Wendy Davis

(Calumet, MI) The Advisory Commission and National Park Service at Keweenaw National Historical Park are pleased to announce that 18 Keweenaw Heritage Grants have been awarded for projects throughout Upper Michigan’s historic Copper Country.
A total of $150,266.00 was distributed to projects located both inside and outside the Quincy and Calumet units of the park, with an emphasis on supporting the park’s 21 Keweenaw Heritage Site partners. These grants will support a wide variety of projects, from building stabilization and repair to interpretive trailside signs and museum exhibits.    
The purpose of the Keweenaw Heritage Grant program is to provide partial funding for a broad range of heritage-related projects that support the park’s mission to preserve and interpret copper mining history. Grant recipients are required to meet a 1-to-1 match, with up to 100% of the match allowed as in-kind contributions rather than cash. Individual grants ranging from $1,500 to $15,000 were awarded.
A total of 25 proposals were received for consideration. A six-member panel, with equal representation from the Commission and NPS, evaluated the applications. Review criteria included the historical significance of the resource, how long the project’s impacts would last, how they enhance our understanding of area history, and their overall benefit to Copper Country residents and visitors.
The Keweenaw NHP Advisory Commission and NPS staff would like to thank each applicant, and offer congratulations to the community for their work in preserving and sharing the Copper Country’s rich historical resources and stories.

Award Details


Adventure Mining Company

200 Adventure Ave., Greenland MI 49929
Creating Space for Growth and Continued Preservation: $7,950.00
This project will provide Adventure Mine with historically compatible equipment storage spaces. This additional space will free up for the site’s owners to enhance and expand visitor introductions to the mine site and underground tours.

Calumet Art Center

57055 Fifth St., Calumet MI 49913
Calumet Art Center Critical Improvements: $15,000.00
These funds will help the CAC to install new weathertight exterior doors, and enhance visitor use of the performance and meeting space by adding a bathroom and making electrical improvements.

Calumet Township
25480 Oak St., Calumet MI 49913
Mineral Range Depot Preservation: $6,000.00
This project will continue ongoing restoration efforts at the historic Mineral Range Depot. Work includes relocating the men’s restroom to its original location and repairing the late and plaster ceiling.

Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw
105 Huron St., Houghton, MI 49931
Torch Lake Exhibit: $14,427.00
This grant will help create a traveling multi-media exhibit about the history of milling along Torch Lake, including the science behind the lake’s environmental changes and the cleanup efforts to date.

Chassell Historical Organization
42373 Hancock Ave., Chassell, MI 49916
Chassell Heritage Center Accessibility Project Phase II: $9,475.00
This grant will help the Chassell Historical Organization build a ramp to the Heritage Center building’s main floor, and is an important step to providing universal accessibility to exhibit spaces.

Copper Country Firefighters Museum
327 Sixth St., Calumet, MI 49913
Sandstone Wall Repair and New Roof: $15,000.00
This project will make critical repairs to the Firefighter’s museum by repointing joints and repairing cracks in the north sandstone wall, and installing a new roof.

Copper Range Historical Society
44 Trimountain Ave., South Range, MI 49963
Historic Building Preservation: $1,820.00
These funds will help with maintenance and safety concerns to the museum building by repairing the entry door, replacing a basement door, and repairing the brickwork on the south elevation to prevent water infiltration.

Fort Wilkins Historic State Park
15223 Highway US-41, Copper Harbor, MI 49918
Fort Wilkins Origins Exhibit: $8,525.00
This project will produce a 400-square foot exhibit to share the history of Fort Wilkins, including information about Anishinaabeg/Ojibwe people, why the Fort was constructed, and its relation to the copper rush.

Friends of the Porkies
P.O. Box 221, Ontonagon, MI 49953
Local School Groups Field Trips and Programs: $1,500.00
This funding facilitates field trips for area students to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park to learn about the natural and cultural history of copper mining in the park.

Hanka Homestead Finnish Museum
13249 Hanka Rd., Pelkie, MI 49958
Enhancing the Interpretive Experience: $7,390.00
This project will create and install updated interpretive signs that explain the site and its features. It will also provide for solar powered interior lighting and a safe turnaround for large vehicles, including school buses.

Houghton County Historical Society
53150 Highway M-26, Lake Linden, MI 49945
Museum Building Preservation: $15,000.00
These funds will be used to make important repairs to the museum building, located in the historic C&H mill office. Work includes repairing masonry, and securing, patching, and repairing the cornice.

Keweenaw County Historical Society
670 Lighthouse Rd., Eagle Harbor, MI 49950
Updating Eagle Harbor Lighthouse Displays: $6,777.00
This project will update and create new exhibits for the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, and make the structure more accessible to visitors via webcam and virtual video tour.

Village of Lake Linden
401 Calumet St., Lake Linden, MI 49945
Calumet and Hecla Mill Ruins Interpretation: $3,300.00
This grant enables the research, writing, and fabrication of four outdoor signs interpreting the C&H stamp mill, regrinding plant, and tailings deposit at Lake Linden. The project aims to explain and demystify these once-connected historic resources using historic imagery.

Main Street Calumet
 P.O. Box 188, Calumet, MI, 49913
Community Engagement and Visitor Reach: $5,130.00
This project will develop mobile interpretive panels for two of Calumet’s most popular events: summertime’s Pasty Fest and Hallowe’en’s Trunk-or-Treat. Funds will also be used for printing additional copies of the Calumet Explorer map.

Michigan Tech Archives
1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931
Copper, Community, and Carnival Queens: a Preservation Project: $3,872.00
These funds will go specifically toward processing previously unarranged Calumet & Hecla Mining Company records and improving their storage conditions, enhancing their preservation while making them available to researchers.

Ontonagon County Historical Society
422 River St., Ontonagon, MI 49953
Summer History Intern Program: $6,600.00
This project provides an opportunity for four Ontonagon students to work at the OCHS, and gain knowledge and skills in local history, museum collection management, and other elements of the history-related professions.

Painesdale Mine & Shaft
42631 Shaft Rd., Painesdale, MI 49955
Preservation of the Champion Shaft No. 4 Exterior: $7,500.00
This project will replace damaged, deteriorated, and missing corrugated sheet metal from the No. 4 shaft-rockhouse, which will make it safer for visitors and prevent rain, wind, and snow from infiltrating interior spaces.

Quincy Mine Hoist Association
49750 Highway US-41, Hancock, MI 49930
Phase III Concrete Restoration of the 1918 Hoist House: $15,000.00
This project will finish the concrete frame repairs and related envelope weather-proofing to the north elevation of the 1918 hoist house. Corresponding repairs to east and south elevations will follow.


Last updated: May 11, 2018

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