CALUMET TOWNSHIP - Keweenaw National Historical Park has many partners it works with, some of which are called Heritage Sites, and the number of those sites just increased by two.
Scott See, executive director of the KNHP Advisory Commission, said the addition of the new Heritage Site partners became official Friday. They are the Carnegie Museum in Houghton and the Michigan Technological University Archives. The Carnegie Museum, located in the former Portage Lake District Library building, focuses on Copper Country history and cultural heritage. The Tech Archives is a storehouse for documents, including newspapers and photographs, relating to the copper-mining era and after.
See said the application process for becoming a Heritage Site took place over the summer, and the museum and archives were the two applicants.
Heritage Sites came into existence in 2007. The Heritage Sites provide historical resources and provide a vast majority of interpretation opportunities, which other partners can't do. This is the first time new sites have been added to the original 19.
See said the new Heritage Sites were chosen by a committee consisting of two representatives from the National Park Service, two from the Advisory Commission, and Tech professor and director of the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Ted Bornhorst.
Although at the present he doesn't think there will be a limit to the number of Heritage Sites the Advisory Commission will partner with, See said it has to be a number with which the commission can comfortably work.
"We want to be able to help them," he said.
See said the next time adding more Heritage Sites will be considered is 2015.
"We plan to do that every two years," he said.
See said adding the two new Heritage Sites is good for Keweenaw National Historical Park and its mission of preserving and interpreting the copper-mining era.
"The National Park System and the Advisory Commission are very pleased to add these new sites to our family of Keweenaw Heritage Sites," he said.