Professional Development

Keweenaw National Historical Park (Keweenaw NHP) is committed to supporting the ongoing professional development of educators. Educator workshops are an opportunity to share park resources and give educators ideas on how to incorporate them into their classroom. Keweenaw NHP hosts different workshops throughout the school year and summer.
A group of students walks through a mine adit.
A group of students enter the east adit of the Quincy Mine.

NPS Photo: Nathan Miller

Quincy Unit Educator Workshop - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Keweenaw NHP is excited to offer a day-long Educator Workshop at the park's Quincy Unit in October. The workshop is open to all area public, private, and home-school educators. Attendance is free and lunch will be provided. Earn 5 SCECHs (pending; no additional cost). The workshop will be rain or shine, so please make sure you dress accordingly. Register for the workshop today!

Discover how the Quincy Mine, Mill, and Smelter have changed over time with hands-on tours and demonstrations from subject matter experts from the park and the community. Collaborate with other area educators on how to incorporate Quincy's diverse resources and sites into your curriculum or plan a field trip for the future.
When is the Quincy Unit Educator Workshop?

The workshop is from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18. Educators will meet at the hoist house (not the gift shop) at the Quincy Mine. After spending the morning at the mine site, in the afternoon we will visit the Quincy Stamp Mill on Torch Lake and the Quincy Smelter in Ripley. You will need to drive to and from each of these sites.
A tour guide points at an underground feature for students during a mine tour.
After the workshop, plan a field trip to the Quincy Mine that could include an underground mine tour.

NPS Photo: Nathan Miller

What will we be doing at the workshop?

Time Activity
8:00 - 8:30 Introduction at the Quincy Mine Hoist
8:30 - 9:00 How the Quincy Mine Has Changed Over Time (Larry Lankton, Professor Emeritus, Michigan Technological University)
9:10 - 9:50 Activity 1: People
9:50 - 10:10 Morning Break at the Quincy Mine
10:20 - 11:00 Activity 2: Landscape and Geology
11:10 - 11:50 Activity 3: Technology
11:50 - 12:20 Lunch at the Quincy Mine Hoist
12:20 - 1:00 Activity 4: How to Integrate the Resources of Quincy
1:10 - 1:50 Resources of the Quincy Mill Site
2:00 - 2:10 Afternoon Break at the Quincy Smelter
2:10 - 3:30 Tour the Quincy Smelter (Scott See, Executive Director, Keweenaw NHP Advisory Commission)

Activities 1, 2, and 3 will have three different session options for educators to choose from (so you will choose one session for each topic to attend). The sessions are:

Activity 1: People

  • Archaeology at Quincy (Jo Holt, Historian, Keweenaw NHP)
  • What was it like to work for the Quincy Mine? (Nick Clark, Park Ranger, Keweenaw NHP)
  • Historic Architecture at Quincy (John Rosemurgy, Historic Architect, Keweenaw NHP)

Activity 2: Landscape and Geology

  • Historic Landscapes at Quincy (Steve DeLong, Historic Landscape Architect, Keweenaw NHP)
  • Geoheritage at Quincy (Erika Vye)
  • Bats at Quincy (Nick Clark, Park Ranger, Keweenaw NHP)

Activity 3: Technology

  • How Quincy Works (Tom Wright, Quincy Mine Hoist Association)
  • Keweenaw Time Traveler at Quincy (Sarah Scarlett, Assistant Professor of History, Michigan Technological University)
  • Technology and Geocaching at Quincy (David Wickliffe, Park Ranger, Keweenaw NHP)

Activity 4: How to Integrate the Resources of Quincy

This will be an activity that all educators complete together in the Quincy Hoist House.
How do I register?

Registration for the workshop is online. Registration closes Friday, October 6. If you have questions about the workshop, please contact Katie Keller, Education Technician at or (906) 483-3175.

Last updated: September 14, 2017

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