Monday, August 24, 2015

National Park Service to mark 99 years at Open House events in Calumet, Hancock Aug. 25

CALUMET -- In celebration of the 99th anniversary of the National Park Service, Keweenaw National Historical Park will be hosting a Park Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at two Park locations. There will be activities, live music, and a reception with refreshments and ice cream at 3 p.m.

Outside of the Calumet Visitor Center, live music will feature Elijah Halpin from noon to 4 p.m. Elijah is gifted singer-songwriter and composer of Irish and Americana music. As a talented multi-instrumentalist, Elijah picks, strums, plucks, and bows many instruments, including the cello, viola, violin, guitar and mandolin.

Throughout the day, activities will be held at both the Calumet Visitor Center and at the Quincy Mine in Hancock. At the Quincy Mine there will be a Mechanics of Mining interactive activity, geology tours by Erika Vye, and a ranger-led photography activity for 6th-8th graders. At the Calumet Visitor Center there will be live foundry demonstrations, LEGO building of Historic Calumet structures, pollinator construction from recycled materials, map and compass activities, tours of the Calumet and Hecla general office building and library, historic kids games, and screenings of park films on local history and geology. While at the Visitor Center, be sure to stop by the gift shop, as merchandise will be 10 percent off.

The Park Open House is part of the national Find Your Park campaign. Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016. The National Park Service preserves and interprets some of the best places in the country and Keweenaw National Historical Park is excited to take part in this landmark celebration.

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