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Celebrating the park

KNHP?20th anniversary Saturday

October 11, 2012
By KURT HAUGLIE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

Editor's note: This is the final article in a four-part series looking at Keweenaw National Historical Park, celebrating its 20th anniversary this week.

CALUMET TOWNSHIP - The Keweenaw National Historical park will mark its 20th year of existence on Oct. 27, and on Saturday, that milestone will be celebrated in both units comprising the park with events and dignitaries, including Sen. Carl Levin.

Tom Baker, KNHP ranger and management assistant, said the anniversary celebration will actually begin Friday night with a private dinner.

"We're honoring the park founders and all the partners in preservation," Baker said.

Baker said Saturday the public events for Celebrate Your National Park will begin at 9 a.m. in Calumet's Agassiz Park. At 3 p.m., the celebration moves to the Quincy Unit at the Quincy Mine Hoist Association property on U.S. 41. Weather should not be a factor for either location, Baker said.

"We are going to be setting up two big white tents," he said.

At the Calumet location, Baker said the Main Street Calumet Market will be set up. There will be a pancake breakfast at the Calumet Elks Lodge located between Sixth and Wedge streets. There will be children's games with prizes for all participants, and food and craft vendors will be set up throughout the venue.

Music will be provided by Jan Arnold, Baker said, and there will be dancing, also.

"We're going to have the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community dance troupe," he said.

Baker said the National Park Service will have a booth, and it will offer giveaways to visitors.

There will be door prizes throughout the event and free cookies and apple cider will be offered, Baker said.

All this week, people have been taking part in the KNHP Heritage Scavenger Hunt, during which they stopped at several Calumet historic locations and had to answer questions about those locations, and Baker said winners of the contest will get their prizes after the dignitaries speak at noon, including Levin, D-Detroit. Also speaking will be KNHP Superintendent Mike Pflaum, KNHP Advisory Commission Chair Kim Hoagland and NPS Regional Deputy Director Patricia Trap.

At the Quincy Unit, Baker said events will be similar to those in the Calumet Unit, and Levin will speak at about 3:15 p.m. There will be tours at the Quincy Unit, also.

Also at the Quincy Unit, Baker said the winners of The Daily Mining Gazette history quiz will be announced.

Baker said visitors to the celebration are asked to take an active part in the celebration.

"Everybody is encouraged to wear period clothing," he said.



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