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Michigan Tech Industrial Heritage and Archaeology Program & Keweenaw National Historical Park Celebrate 25th Anniversary

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.

Read the entire article for more information about the program and its origins.

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:

Celebrating 25 Years of Industrial Heritage and Archaeology
Keweenaw National Historical Park and Michigan Technological University’s Industrial Heritage and Archaeology Program are both 25 years old this year! To celebrate this milestone, everyone is invited to participate in programs and discussions and attend presentations and special events. Local residents, former students, community members, and visitors to the area are all encouraged to be part of this festive celebration.
On Friday evening Dr. Krysta Ryzewski will provide a talk titled, Preserving Legendary 20th -century Sites in Detroit: the Role of Archaeology in Post-Industrial Communities. Dr. Ryzewski is the Associate Professor of Archaeology at Wayne State University. Her presentation will begin at 4:00p.m. in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library on the Michigan Technological University campus.
Saturday events take place in Calumet at the Calumet Theatre and the National Park Service Visitor Center. From 9:00am – 3:30pm, there will be a series of engaging panel discussions on the theatre stage that cover topics from partnerships, to Keweenaw History, to envisioning the park in the next 25 years. Local residents and visitors are encouraged to come and participate in the conversations and other opportunities to offer input throughout the day. At 4:00pm., Sande McDermott, retired Deputy Associate Director for Cultural Resources with the National Park Service, will take the stage and provide a keynote presentation that wraps up the event. An informal social with cake will follow at the Calumet Visitor center from 5:00-6:00pm.

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