Sunday, April 29, 2018

2018 QUINCY SMELTER TOURS

HOLY COW!  

2018 is here! Its almost May.  Spring started during the last couple of weeks.  The snow is disappearing rapidly--well, for the UP, its rapid.  We here at the Association are gearing up for the 2018 tour season.

We are open once a month from 11 AM to 3 PM.  Our tours start on the hour with the last one beginning at 2 PM.  Here are our tour dates:

June 16th
July 14th
Aug. 4th
Sept. 8th
Oct. 13th


THESE DATES DON'T FIT WITH YOUR SCHEDULE? WE'LL TALK ABOUT AN ALTERNATIVE IN A FUTURE BLOG


The Quincy Smelter is a former industrial site.  There are potential hazards.  We provide hard hats and safety glasses for your protection.  We advise everyone to wear enclosed footwear.  Please follow the instructions of your tour guide for your safety and that of others in your tour group.

The Quincy Smelter Association under agreement with the Advisory Commission of the Keweenaw National Historical Park, the owner, to provide tours of the smelter.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

SEPTEMBER TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT

 HARD TO BELIEVE...
                  SEPTEMBER ARRIVES

Quincy Smelter Tour
Hancock, MI
Date: September 9th, 2017
Time: 11 AM to 3 PM
As we head towards fall, don't miss the Copper Country's industrial heritage, with breathtaking views of our mountains on our waterfront location in beautiful Houghton and Hancock. Sponsored by the Quincy Smelter Association
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Directions: Turn right after crossing the bridge on to M-26, go 1/4 mile to the sign on the right.

The smelter is a former industrial site.  We recommend wearing closed shoes for your safety.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

QUINCY SMELTER TOUR AUGUST 19TH

SUMMER TIME...
AND THE TOURS ARE EASY!

August 19th, 2017
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
$5/person, children under 5 and under free

The Quincy Smelter Association hosts tours monthly so visitors such as yourself can see the only intact copper smelter from the American Industrial Revolution around the turn of the 20th Century. See much of the original machinery used to turn ore into copper ingots. Not only can you see the original equipment from the smelter's construction in 1898. But our guides will point out the major changes in the Great Expansion of 1920. We look forward to showing this and much more.

Since much of the tour is spent in the buildings, this is a great event even on rainy days.

Directions: Turn right after crossing the bridge on to M-26, go 1/4 mile to the sign on the right.

The smelter is a former industrial site. We recommend wearing closed shoes for your safety.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

NO TIME FOR A TOUR DURING THE DAY? COME TO THE...

Quincy Smelter Summer EveningTour

Date: July12th, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
$5/person, children under 5 free

Summer has arrived in the Keweenaw. Long evenings. Beautiful vistas. A unique opportunity to see an intact early 20th century copper smelter. We lead you through buildings of the former Quincy Mining Co. where the machinery still stands that turned ore into copper ingots. Tour starts at 6 PM. A former industrial site, we recommend closed footwear.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SUMMER EVENING TOURS

QUINCY SMELTER ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES EVENING TOURS IN JULY AND AUGUST

Watch for announcements of evening tours in the next 2 months. The tours will start at 6 PM. We will be watching weather forecasts for sunny evenings so visitors can enjoy the beauty of sunsets down the Portage Canal as we go through the smelter site.
The fee is $5/person with children 5 and under free. This a former industrial site. We recommend wearing closed footware.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

JUNE 24TH QUINCY SMELTER TOUR

COMING THIS SATURDAY!

Event: Quincy Smelter Tour
Date: June 24th, 2017
Time: 11 AM to 3 PM
$5/person, children under 5 free

Summer arrives this week in the Keweenaw. Time to get in the first tour of the Quincy Smelter this Saturday. A unique opportunity to see an intact early 20th century copper smelter. We lead you through buildings of the former Quincy Mining Co. where the machinery still stands that turned ore into copper ingots. Tours start on the hour with the last tour at 2 PM. A former industrial site, we recommend closed footwear. 

We look forward to seeing you!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

KNHP AC HELPS HISTORIC SITES

GOOD NEWS FOR COPPER COUNTRY HERITAGE SITES

24 Heritage Grants awarded


Kurt Hauglie/Daily Mining Gazette The Keweenaw Heritage Center is one of the recipients for the most recent Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission Heritage Grant program. This cycle, 24 grants were awarded for a total of $150,148.
CALUMET — The Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission’s Heritage Grant program continues to be popular, and 24 grants were awarded this round, according to Scott See.
See, Advisory Commission executive director, said for this round of granting, 31 applications were received for a total request of more than $227,000. The 24 awards totaled $150,148.
The National Park Service through the KNHP began the Heritage Grant program in 2008, and See said the Advisory Commission began it’s granting program two years later. Now, although the NPS still contributes to the program as funds are available, the Advisory Commission runs the program and most of the money comes from the organization. This grant cycle, $135,148 came from the commission, and $15,000 came from the park service.
See said he continues to be impressed with the applications received for the grants.
“The quality of the apps was really good,” he said. “The request was more than we had available. We’ve offered, the last few years, $150,000, and we’ve always gotten requests for more than we were able to offer.”
The purpose of the Heritage Grant program is to provide financial support to businesses, and organizations, which are involved with telling the story of the copper-mining era. However, See said beginning for the current granting cycle, the program became limited to organizations only, because it’s thought that will provide a greater financial impact.
There are 21 Heritage Sites associated with the KNHP, and many of them usually apply for grants, including this cycle, See said.
“Our Heritage Sites were well represented within the recipients,” he said. “We realize there are other organizations out there other than the Heritage Sites that can use our help.”
This is the 10th year for the Heritage Grant program, and See said in that time 217 grants have been made for a total of $1,139, 697.
Since 2010, See said, the Advisory Commission has granted $862,471.
“Seven hundred thousand of that has come from our anonymous donor,” he said. “We’re indebted to that individual in helping make this program a reality.”
See said there is no plan at this time to end the Heritage Grant program.
“Our intention is to continue the program as long as we can find funding to do so,” he said.

http://www.mininggazette.com/news/local-news/2017/05/24-heritage-grants-awarded/