As a member of the Keweenaw Heritage Site network, the Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections is proud to support the new Copper Country Scavenger Hunt program. Part of Keweenaw National Historical Park’s contribution to the National Park Service “Find Your Park” campaign, the scavenger hunt was designed to get children engaged with history at each of the Keweenaw Heritage Sites. The Michigan Tech Archives has received our first shipment of the official scavenger hunt booklets, so please stop by and begin the quest today! For more information about the Copper Country Scavenger Hunt, contact the Michigan Tech Archives at (906) 487-2505 or see the press release issued by the Keweenaw National Historical Park which is included below.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kathleen Harter
Phone number: 906-483-3024
The Copper Country Scavenger Hunt Makes History Fun—and a Bit Competitive!
What did miners put in their lunch pails to keep their pasties warm? Who rescued 24 people and a dog from the shipwreck L.C. Waldo in 1913? Children of all ages have a chance to win a prize by finding the answers to questions like these at the park’s Keweenaw Heritage Sites and completing the Copper County Scavenger Hunt.
The booklet is free and available at each of the staffed Keweenaw Heritage Sites as well as the NPS’s Calumet Visitor Center. The booklet is divided into four geographical regions and features the Keweenaw Heritage Sites in each of those regions. When a participant has answered enough questions in a region, they receive a collectable sticker. Completing all four regions, reciting the Copper Country Heritage Explorer pledge, and filling out their certificate makes the first 10 participants a prizewinner! The first 10 kids to complete the booklet and stop by the park’s Calumet Visitor Center in downtown Calumet will receive an award of their choice, from a selection of books, puzzles, and Junior Ranger merchandise. Awards are provided by the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission and the Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association.
The booklet was developed with the help of two local educators, Carrie Karvakko and Traci Welch from Houghton High School, and is part of the national Find Your Park campaign. Find Your Park is a national public awareness and education campaign aimed at connecting with the next generation of park visitors as the country prepares for the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016. Find Your Park invites the public to connect with national parks, state parks, and places that are special to them. With the Copper Country Scavenger Hunt, participants have a chance to find their park while exploring 21 different Heritage Sites.