Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Keweenaw National Historical Park to host Grand Opening of Visitor Center Oct. 27

CALUMET -- Keweenaw National Historical Park (NHP) invites the entire Copper Country community to the Grand Opening of the Calumet Visitor Center, located in the historic Union Building at 98 Fifth Street, Calumet. Superintendent Mike Pflaum announced that the ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, with U.S. Senator Carl Levin and NPS Midwest Regional Director Mike Reynolds performing the honors.

The Calumet Visitor Center is the first NPS-operated visitor facility at Keweenaw National Historical Park, which celebrates its 19th anniversary on Thursday as well.

"The opening of this wonderful facility represents a major milestone for the park," Pflaum noted, "and it will be a treasure for the entire community for decades to come."

Visitor services have previously been provided by the park’s 19 non-Federal Keweenaw Heritage Site partners, who will continue providing those valuable services for visitors to the Copper Country.

Thursday events for the Grand Opening include ringing of Calumet church bells at 9:30 a.m., followed by the ribbon cutting, an American Naturalization ceremony, a pasty lunch by the Calumet Lodge of the Eastern Star, free trolley tours of the Calumet National Historic Landmark District provided by the National Park Service and the Red Jacket Trolley Company, free tours of the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne’s and the Calumet Theatre, and the film premier of Risk and Resilience. The tours will be offered both Thursday and Friday. A Historians’ Symposium will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday morning, Oct. 28.

Click here for a schedule of events.

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