The Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program celebrates its 25th anniversary with joint celebration with Keweenaw National Historical Park.
“Choices from the past impact how we make decisions now and how we will in the future,” says Sarah Scarlett, assistant professor of history. “We are equipping students today to think critically about the way that humans interact with the environment, both natural and built, and how science and engineering research and decisions in our globalized society impact us in the past, present and in the future.”
The celebration includes tours on Thursday, Sept. 21 of Calumet, the National Park Service Visitor Center, the Quincy Mine Site, the Quincy Smelting Works and other nearby sites to see the changes to the Copper Country’s heritage landscapes.
Friday, Sept. 22, there will also be alumni roundtables, discussions and presentations, including commentary by faculty about Michigan Tech’s archaeology and heritage programs. The day will also include introductions to the Keweenaw Time Traveler and the GRACE program as well as tours of campus.
Saturday, Sept. 23, moderated panel discussions exploring the founding and the future of Keweenaw National Historical Park will take place at the Calumet Theatre. Panels will include scholars, park staff, community members, heritage stakeholders and current and retired MTU faculty.
Additionally, celebrate Archaeology Month with Michigan Tech’s Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program to help excavate a possible privy pit behind the 1918 hoist building at the Quincy mine hoist. The public is welcome to stop by or spend the day Saturday, October 7 and Sunday October 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Rain dates are October 14 and 15).
Here is the press release from the Keweenaw National Historical Park: