Keweenaw Natl Historical Park

 

Keweenaw National Historical Park was established to preserve and interpret the story of the rise, domination and decline of the region’s copper mining industry. Unlike many parks, however, the U.S. Congress legislated that the National Park Service and the park's advisory commission partner with sites owned and operated by state and local governments, private businesses and nonprofit organizations to achieve this goal. The Keweenaw Heritage Sites program, administered by the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission, is one aspect of this partnership.

Keweenaw Heritage Sites contain significant cultural and/or natural resources and make a unique contribution to the copper mining story. Embodying stories of hardship, ingenuity, struggle and success, each site allows you to explore the role mining played in people’s lives here and afar.

Heritage sites operate independently of the National Park Service. Admissions and hours may vary. Sites stretch along the length of the Keweenaw Peninsula, from Copper Harbor to south of Ontonagon. For more information on the Heritage Sites, visit http://www.nps.gov/kewe/parkmgmt/keweenaw-heritage-sites.htm

 

The following Heritage Sites are offering special programs during FinnFest USA 2013- check out their exhibits, tours, and other Finnish-themed offerings!

 

Chassell Heritage Center

42373 Hancock St, Chassell
Tuesday, June 18, 10am - 4pm
Friday, June 21, 10am - 4pm
The Chassell Historical Organization has prepared brand new exhibits about the Finnish immigrants to Chassell. The banner-style exhibits feature three local Finnish families. The first includes excerpts from the candid and humorous account of a member of the Tervo family. Wesley’s account will delight the reader. The second exhibit features the Makinen family history. The account, written by granddaughter Arleen Churran Morrisey, pays a wonderful tribute to the story of her grandparents’ immigration and life on Worham Road. The third family exhibit highlights life in Portage Entry and the fishing legacy of the Simon Kalliainen family as told by David, Walter, and Evelyn Kalliainen, descendents of the fishing family. In addition to these very special exhibits, the Chassell Heritage Center has many other permanent displays that showcase the Finnish contribution to Chassell. The Finns have a rich farming tradition in Chassell Township, where most of the potato, dairy, and strawberry farmers were Finnish. Portage Entry was settled by Finnish immigrants and was a vibrant community of fishermen and boat builders. Make sure to visit our lumbering, farming and Portage Entry exhibits in the timeline room as well as the strawberry exhibit room.
 

Copper Range Historical Museum

44 Trimountain Avenue, South Range
Open House with Pop and Hot Dogs
Saturday, June 22 12 PM- 3 PM
Come visit us and learn about the interesting history of the communities of the Copper Range! 
 

Coppertown, U.S.A. Mining Museum

25815 Red Jacket Road, Calumet
Open Daily, 10 AM- 5 PM, Sunday 12 PM- 4 PM
Adults = $4
6-15 yrs = $2
Under 6 = Free
Golden age passport (park issued) = $3
With 2013 being the centennial of the 1913 copper miners labor strikes, there are two new installments that reflect that turbulent year in copper mining history. The story and legacy of Annie Clemenc, 'Big Annie', is displayed in an exhibit that honors her role as a labor leader heroine. Also on display are stories and numerous artifacts from the Italian Hall and the disaster.
Phone: (906) 337-4354
 

Finnish American Heritage Center and Historical Archive

FInlandia University, 435 Quincy Street, Hancock
The FAHC will be a center of FinnFest activity, hosting the following public events:
-Kokoelmasta: Finnish and Finnish American Art from the Finlandia University Collection (exhibit)
-Finnish Smoke Cabins and Finnish Orthodox Chapels and Icons (exhibits)
-Traditional Cutlery of Finland (exhibit)
-Education Forum (Wednesday, June 19)
-Genealogy Resource Center in the Archive Reading Room: Connect with the FAHC's collection of genealogical resources, and connect via Skype with the Genealogical Resource Center at the SDC Tori!
 

Quincy Mine Hoist Association

49750 US Hwy 41, Hancock
Open Daily 9:30 AM-5:00 PM
Open evenings June 19- June 23 5:30 PM-8:00 PM
10% discount on tour with FinnFest program booklet!
906-482-3101
Take an opportunity to explore a comprehensive mining site, including a guided tour of the world's largest steam hoist, a scenic ride down Quincy Hill on the Midwest's only cogwheel tram, and experience an underground mine tour on the seventh level, half a mile into Quincy Hill! The FinnFest-themed tours will specially highlight Bruno Nordberg, the Finnish American immigrant who designed the steam hoist, as well as the Finnish miners themselves who spent their days underground.
 

Old Victoria Restoration

25401 Victoria Dam Road, Rockland
906-886-2617
Finnish Heritage Nights
Free will donations accepted
Saturday, June 15  4 PM- 8 PM
Saturday, June 22  4 PM- 8 PM
Saturday, June 29  4 PM- 8 PM
Finnish immigrants at the Victoria Mine gathered at the home of the Arvola family on Saturday nights for socializing and taking their turn in the sauna behind the house. Join us for an informal social gathering in that very same house. The sauna will be open to Old Victoria Society members.

 

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