Grant money awarded to Copper Country organizations

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The Advisory Commission and National Park Service at Keweenaw National Historical Park announce that 16 Keweenaw Heritage Grants have been awarded for projects across the Copper Country.

A total of $137,861 was disbursed, with an emphasis on supporting the park’s 21 Keweenaw Heritage Site partners. These funds support a range of projects, from historic building maintenance to new trailside signs and museum collections care.    

The purpose of the Keweenaw Heritage Grant program is to provide partial funding for a broad range of heritage-related projects that support the park’s mission to preserve and interpret copper mining history. Grant recipients are required to meet a 1-to-1 match, with up to 100% of the match allowed as in-kind contributions rather than cash. Individual grants ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 were awarded.

A total of 27 applications were received, and were reviewed by a six-member panel comprised of equal representation from the Commission and NPS. Applicants were required to meet specific criteria relating to project location, the historical significance of the resource, how long the project’s impacts would last, and how they enhance our understanding of area history.

The Keweenaw NHP Advisory Commission and NPS staff would like to thank each applicant, and offer congratulations to the community for their work in preserving and sharing the Copper Country’s rich historical resources and stories.

The 16 recipients are listed below.

Adventure Mining Company Painesdale Machine Shop Roof Repairs Building Preservation $15,000.00

Calumet Township Mineral Range Depot Repairs Building Preservation $8,000.00

Carnegie Museum Exhibit Area Improvements Building Preservation $13,073.00

Chassell Historical Organization Chassell Heritage Center Plaster Repairs Building Preservation $1,000.00

Copper Country Firefighters Museum Research & Write Self-Guided Tour Brochure Interpretation $6,000.00

Coppertown Mining Museum Museum Grounds Upgrades Building Preservation $1,800.00

Delaware Mine Tours Waysides for Prehistoric Trench Interpretation $1,752.00

Fort Wilkins Fort Wilkins Cannon Project Interpretation $9,000.00

Friends of the Porkies Local School Group Field Trips Interpretation $1,500.00

Hanka Homestead Hanka Field Hay Barn Project Building Preservation $15,000.00

Houghton County Historical Society Mineral Range Depot Repairs Building Preservation $14,000.00

Keweenaw County Historical Society Phoenix Church Painting Building Preservation $7,500.00

Keweenaw Heritage Center Lower Level Floor Replacement Building Preservation $12,175.00

Old Victoria Log House Roof Replacement Building Preservation $5,000.00

Ontonagon County Historical Society Museum Collection Care & Cataloging Museum Collections $12,061.00

Quincy Mine Hoist Association Accessible Restroom in the Gift Shop Accessibility $15,000.00

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