Thursday, July 21, 2011

Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks to host public events July 23-24

CALUMET -- The Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association (IRKPA) invites the public to their annual meeting events this weekend, July 23-24. Some events require advance registration or ticket purchase. Here is the schedule:

Becoming Wilderness: Nature, History, and the Making of Isle Royale National Park. Author Amalia Baldwin debuts IRKPA’s latest book, on the little-known backstory of the two-decade effort to make Isle Royale America’s first wilderness national park -- 2 p.m, Saturday, July 23, Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne’s, Scott and 5th Streets, Calumet.

Free presentation with book signing to follow. (Books $12.95 or $11.65 with IRKPA member discount plus tax.)

Through the 3D Looking Glass: A Stereoscopic Tour of Lake Superior, Isle Royale, and the Keweenaw, 1860s-early 1900s -- 7 p.m., Saturday, July 23, Calumet Theatre. Add a dimension and subtract a century or so as Jack Deo presents more than 200 stereo-view images (many new since last year), starting with the 1868 University of Michigan Foote Expedition, on the historic Calumet Theatre’s big screen. 3D glasses provided. Fundraiser for the Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association.

Sponsors: Book Concern Printers, College Avenue Vision Clinic, Cranking Graphics, 5th and Elm Coffee House, and Michigan Tech's Industrial Archaeology Program. Tickets $15 ($10 IRKPA members, seniors, students; $7 children under 13; free for children under three; $35 household up to four people). For tickets call 906-337-2610 Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. or email

Cliff Mine Archaeological Site Guided Tour: 1-4 p.m., Sunday, July 24. Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association hosts a narrated trolley ride from Calumet to the Cliff Mine with Drs. Tim Scarlett and Susan Martin of Michigan Tech's Department of Social Sciences and Red Jacket Trolley’s Wil Shapton painting the bigger picture of copper mining on Isle Royale and the Keweenaw. Limited space, advance registration, $10. For more information email or call 906-482-3627.

The Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association is the nonprofit cooperating association that partners with Isle Royale National Park and Keweenaw National Historical Park to support their educational, historical, interpretive, and scientific missions. IRKPA provides high-quality educational products and programs to enhance the understanding, appreciation, and protection of the parks and their natural and cultural resources; financial support to the parks for research and interpretation; and outreach activities to increase public participation and promote partnerships with communities and organizations.

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