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See: New Heritage Sites sought

October 17, 2012
By KURT HAUGLIE - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET TOWNSHIP - The Keweenaw National Historical Park's Advisory Commission executive director has been working to strengthen the relationship between the park and its Heritage Sites, and Tuesday he informed members about those efforts.

During the Advisory Commission's regular quarterly meeting at the KNHP headquarters building on Red Jacket Road in Calumet Township, Scott See said during his report of his efforts since the previous commission meeting in July he's been working with the partners to revise the National Park Service's goals and objectives for the park created in 2007-08.

See said he also has been attending a task force created to help the partners with technical assistance.

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Scott See, KNHP Advisory Commission executive director, standing, gives his report Tuesday during the commission’s regular meeting. Commission members from left are Sue Dana, Chair Kim Hoagland, Robert Langseth, Steve Albee and John Sullivan.

"The group wants to help set appropriate expectations about the services that are available as well as prioritize the (National Park Service) efforts to provide the greatest impact possible," he said.

See said a representative of the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area in Iowa attended the fall meeting of the Heritage Sites and she had some information, which could be helpful to the park and its partners.

"There's a lot of similarities with what we do," he said.

See said he attended a meeting organized by the Calumet Historic District Commission and KNHP Historical Architect John Rosemurgy about how best to stabilize threatened buildings in Calumet.

"The group made significant progress in documenting the process, but there's still a lot of work to do," he said.

The Heritage Site Program Committee had its first meeting Oct. 1, See said. The committee consists of five member sites, two Advisory Commission members and two KNHP staff members. He and Tom Baker, KNHP ranger and management assistant, are non-voting assistants for the group.

One of the topics of discussion for the group was Heritage Site member renewals.

"The group is determined to offer renewals to all existing members," he said.

There will be an effort in January to offer memberships to those who have historic properties but who have not sought membership as a Heritage Site, also, See said.

"I've had about half a dozen sites that have expressed interest over the past two years," he said.

After See's report, Kim Hoagland Advisory Commission chair, said the survey of historic features in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties is complete, and a report is being written.

"We're in the midst of phase 3," she said.

More than 27,000 features were examined during the survey, Hoagland said.

A preservation plan for the features chosen is being worked on, Hoagland said. There will be public meetings about the survey in December and next spring.

The survey will be a valuable tool for the commission going into the future, Hoagland said.

"It's going well, and we hope it's going to guide our planning," she said.



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