A Celebration: 25 Years of Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Both the Keweenaw National Historical Park and Michigan Technological University's Industrial Heritage and Archaeology Program are 25 years old.

Join in the celebration! Most events are open to the public, but many will require RSVP.

“Scan-a-thon” events will occur throughout the celebration, allowing you to give copies photos and documents you’d like to share with either the MTU or KHNP archives. Volunteers will scan them, record associated historical info, and geo-tag them as needed so they can be imported into the Keweenaw Time Traveler’s Historical GIS. Alumni and retired faculty can also record formal oral histories for MTU during the events.

Many of the tours and events will be enhanced with resources in the Keweenaw Time Traveler. If you have an iPad or tablet, bring it along, particularly if you’ve enabled it for cellular data (although that is not required). Try it out at http://www.keweenawhistory.com/

Thursday, September 21st

12:00p Rendezvous and Welcome @ Michigan Tech

An afternoon featuring enhanced tours of Calumet and the new NPS Visitor Center, the Quincy Mine Site, and the Quincy Smelting Works, along with other nearby sites. Scan-a-thon and recording oral histories (see below). The day culminates at the Quincy Mine with a catered evening social in the 1917 Hoist House. A keynote speaker and series of presentations on the history of the IH&A program will follow the reception, between 7:30 and 9:00 in the 1893 Hoist House. This evening’s keynote speaker is TBA, a scholar interested in tourism and Industrial Heritage. A ticket will be required for this evening events.


Friday, September 22nd @ Michigan Tech

This day celebrates MTU’s archaeology and heritage programs. Time is set aside for alumni roundtables, discussions, and presentations, including commentary by faculty. The day will also include introductions to the Keweenaw Time Traveler and the related GRACE program; tours of the University Archive and Historical Collections in the newly remodeled J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library; remodeled Social Sciences Annex (including the research and teaching labs, graduate student offices, curation storage, and the IA library; and the Great Lakes Research Center, Geospatial Research Core Facility, and the Historical Environments Spatial Analytics Lab. There will be a Scan-a-thon at MTU Archive and “hands on demos" with new high-tech instruments and equipment. Discussions will include “Modeling the Future of Copper Country Heritage: low-tech prototyping. Presentations will culminate in a keynote speaker at 6:00 pm.


Saturday, September 23rd @ Calumet

A day of moderated panel discussions exploring the founding and the future of Keweenaw National Park, inside the beautiful Calumet Theater. Panels will discuss setting the boundaries; partnerships among sites, municipalities, and organizations; what we have learned in 25 years of heritage work; and consider ideas for the Park’s next 25 years. Scan-a-thon and exhibits in the ballroom throughout. Lunch will be held in the theater ballroom and the event concludes with cake! Event may require tickets for lunch and theater capacity.

Thursday, September 21 at 12:00 pm

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Students, Alumni/Friends, Parents/Family, Public

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Timothy Scarlett

Timothy Scarlett 7/10/2017

Facebook event for the 25th Celebration: https://www.facebook.com/events/1895837850688949