National Park Service at FinnFest
CALUMET?- The National Park Service at Keweenaw National Historical Park will be busy during FinnFest USA 2013 welcoming visitors at the Calumet Visitor Center as well as the Tori at the Student Development Complex on the campus of Michigan Tech. True to its partnership nature, the park has been working with the FinnFest committee from day one of planning – more than two years ago. The NPS has also been involved in the planning of tours, the development of self-guided tours, and the Italian Hall Ceremony to be held on Calumet Day.
The NPS will be represented at the Tori in a mega-booth that brings together the National Park Service at KNHP, the KNHP Advisory Commission, Isle Royale National Park, the Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association, and the National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation. The booth will be staffed during all five days of the Tori. In addition to information about the two parks, there will also be an opportunity for visitors to purchase interpretive books and souvenirs from the Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association who supports programs at both parks.
The National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation, which raises awareness and funds for projects at Keweenaw NHP, Isle Royale NP, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and Grand Portage National Monument, will be on hand to educate visitors and park supporters of the needs for the five Lake Superior national parks.
On Thursday – “Calumet Day” of FinnFest – the park will host an open house at park headquarters and the Keweenaw History Center. Located at the corner of Red Jacket Road and U.S. 41, park staff will welcome visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours of the buildings will be provided along with information about the park and the Keweenaw Heritage Site partners, brochures, maps, and Calumet Day schedules. Refreshments will be available in the headquarters building. The Calumet Visitor Center, free and open to the public, will be extending its hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday. With its three floors of exhibits.
The Turun Metsnkvijt Wind Band from Turku, Finland will begin playing at 1:45 p.m. at the Italian Hall Site, located on Seventh Street between Elm and Pine streets. The Italian Hall Ceremony will commence at 2 p.m. with a brief talk by noted author and historian Dr. Larry Lankton. Remarks will be offered by Pertti Torstila, Finland’s Secretary of State for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and State Representative Scott Dianda. The dignitaries will lay wreaths commemorating the victims of the Italian Hall Tragedy followed by a procession to the Village Hall to pay respects to those who lost their lives. The Italian Hall Site is co-managed by the Village of Calumet and the National Park Service.
There will be much to see and do on Calumet Day, and the National Park Service will be there to assist visitors in any way possible. Throughout FinnFest USA 2013, visitors are encouraged to visit the national park and the partner Keweenaw Heritage Sites located across the Copper Country, and experience the strong cultural heritage throughout this region of national significance.
For more information please contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at (906)337-3168 or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/kewe.