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DAILY INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS

Living HistoryLiving History Program
June 14 through August 15- 10am to 5pm
Costumed interpreters act as members of the military garrison. Leave the present and join them in the year 1870.

Future Historians
July 8th to 10th
July 22nd to 24th
July 30th to August 1st
August 13th to 15th
The Michigan Historical Center has Future Historians portray actual girls and boys that lived in Fort Wilkins. They perform daily chores, play historic games and talk to visitors about life at this remote outpost.

Copper Harbor Lighthouse Boat Tour
Lighthouse Boat Departs daily from the Copper Harbor Marina 7 days a week (per person charge). The tours begin Memorial Day weekend, weather permitting... More Info.


*Note- The Fort Wilkins West Barracks building will be closed from May 27th until August while the roof is repaired. Programs and events will be limited until the project is completed. Thank you for your understanding

EVENTS CALENDAR (updated 7/06/14)
All 2014 events will require a State of Michigan Recreation Passport... More Info

Please note specific locations for each program, bring a lawn chair for your comfort.

MAY
Monday 5/26, 10:00 am
Annual Memorial Day Program- The program will be held on the fort parade grounds and will begin with the Keweenaw Detachment #1016 Marine Corps League posting Colors. Copper Harbor School children will be doing a musical program and a tribute to the heroes lost in each American war. Mr. James Huovinen, a retired Marine Colonel will be giving the Memorial Day address. For more details contact the State Park- DNR (906) 289-4215
JUNE
 
JULY

Friday 7/4, 2:00 pm on the parade grounds
July 4th - Declaration of Independence- Join our role players in the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Saturday 7/5, 10:00 pm on the parade grounds, weather permitting.
Star Gazing- As the sky darkens, we will join Joel Kimball, Professor at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, to view stars, planets, galaxies and more via high powered telescopes.

Wednesday 7/9, 1:00 pm at at the Host Site #40 in the East Campground.
Woodcarving and Finnish Culture in a Subsistence Farm in the 1950’s- Pete Olson, Ranger from Twin Lakes State Park will talk about growing up on the farm and will be doing woodcarving.


CANCELLATION!
Friday 7/11, 1:00 pm at at the Host Site #40 in the East Campground.
Agate Walk- Start at our West Campground Host Site #120 with Shirley & Lee Jackson, take a look at what an Agate is and then go for a short hike to find some of your own.


Monday 7/14, 7:00 pm on the parade grounds.
Life of a Michigan Copper Miner- Join Larry Molloy, Keweenaw County Historical Society Historical Society Historian, Trustee and Author to answer the question “What exactly did a miner do underground?

Tuesday 7/15, 7:00 pm at the Picnic Shelter.
Bats-Creatures of the Night- Learn about Bats and be prepared to build a Bat House with Lee Jackson, West Campground Host.

Wednesday 7/16, 7:00 pm at the Picnic Shelter.
An 18th Century Soldier’s Life- Discover what life was like as a soldier in the 1700’s, with Robert Holmstrom, Ranger with the National Park Service.

Thursday 7/17, 7:00 pm at the Picnic Shelter.
Natural Wonders of the Keweenaw- Charlie Eshbach, Author and Nature Tour Guide, will speak at the Picnic Shelter.

Friday 7/18, 4:30 PM, meet at the Lighthouse Overlook Deck.
Birds of a Feather- Calling all beginning and expert birders! Join Kristin Brusso, Explorer Guide from McLain State Park on an afternoon hike to watch for birds. Some binoculars and bird guides will be provided. Come share your interest with other bird enthusiasts and learn more about our local birds!

Friday 7/18, 7:00 pm at the Picnic Shelter.
Michigan Mammal Mania!- Thick fur, unique teeth and claws, and warm blood are just a few of the excellent features that make mammals so great! Pet their furs learn their skulls and find out more about these capable critters from Kristin Brusso, Explorer Guide from McLain State Park. Meet Oreo!

Friday 7/18, 9:30 PM meet at the Lighthouse Overlook Deck.
Night Owls are Batty!!!- Who-o-o’s there? Owls and bats are good at hiding in the dark! We will take a short night hike through the woods and test our own senses to see if we can find some of these “night owls” with Kristin Brusso, Explorer Guide from McLain State Park.

Saturday 7/19, 2:00 pm at the Picnic Shelter.
Scavenger Hunt Fort Wilkins- See how good you are at the history of Fort Wilkins, Shirley and Lee Jackson, Campground Hosts.

Saturday 7/19, 7:00 pm on the parade grounds, weather permitting.
Star Gazing- As the sky darkens, we will join Joel Kimball, Professor at South Dakota School of Mining and Technology to view stars, planets, galaxies and more via high powered telescopes.

Sunday 7/20, 7:00 pm at the Lighthouse Overlook Deck.
LAKE SUPERIOR DAY- Maritime History of Lake Superior focused on Shipwrecks including the Edmond Fitzgerald With George Schafer, Ranger at Fort Wilkins.

Tuesday 7/22, 7:00 pm at the Picnic Shelter.
Mammals and Birds of the Upper Peninsula- Tim Burke, from the Forest Service will have on display Pelts, Lake Superior Raptor Mounts and some Skulls.

Wednesday 7/23, 7:00 pm at the Picnic Shelter.
The People’s Portage: Early Travel on the Keweenaw Waterways-, Join Lynette Webber, Ranger with the National Park Service as she talks early travel on the Keweenaw.

Friday 7/30 7:00 pm at the Picnic Shelter.
Natural Wonders of the Keweenaw- Charlie Eshbach, Author and Nature Tour Guide, will speak at the Picnic Shelter.

SPECIAL EVENT- 3 DAYS
Friday 7/25, 8am to 8pm
Saturday 7/26, 8am to 8pm
Sunday 7/27, 8am to 4pm
30th Anniversary of the BATTERY D CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT- History comes alive at Fort Wilkins. Battery D, 1st Michigan Light Artillery, a Civil War era living history group returns to Fort Wilkins for its 30th annual weekend encampment. The weekend event will be open to park visitors from 8 AM to 8 PM on Friday and Saturday and 8 AM to 4 PM on Sunday. Battery D will interpret army life of the period, demonstrating artillery and small arms drills, period cooking and soldiers’ pastimes. A Michigan State or Out of State Recreation Passport is required for entry into the park.

Wednesday 7/30 7:00 pm at the Picnic Shelter.
Beyond the Mining- Krysten Hintz, Ranger with the National Park Service, talks about how women and children were involved in the day to day life of mining.

AUGUST

SPECIAL EVENT-
Saturday 8/2, 9:00AM at the Fort Wilkins boating access site
Copperman Triathlon- Participants will swim tranquil Lake Fanny Hooe, bike the rocky shores of Lake Superior and run through wilderness on shady roads. The swim is .5 mile (cap mandatory and provided), bike is 23 miles (helmet mandatory – bring your own), and run is 5 miles. Visitors may observe all three stages of the event from the Fort Wilkins boating access site. Register at www.keweenawcopperman.org or phone Crystal Holzberger at (906) 337-7000 for more information. Sponsored by Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital. Participants must pre-register. Registration is limited to 195 individuals and 50 teams. All registrations are final. No refunds. Entry Fees: Individuals: $70.00 Teams: $160.00

Wednesday 8/6, 7:00pm at the Picnic Shelter
Glob, Blob, Glaciate!- Join Jenny Eberlein, Ranger with the National Park Service, as she explores the geology that shaped copper.

Friday 8/8, 7:30pm at the Lighthouse Overlook Deck
Wander and Wonder Fort Wilkins- Have you been wondering what flowers are blooming around the Park? What animals are chipping, singing, or hooting all around you? Join Naturalist Dorothy McLeer, from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and get to know your plant and animal neighbors as we look up, down, and all around on this serendipitous stroll when the day shift gives way to the night. If you have binoculars, please bring them!

Saturday 8/9, 10:00pm on the Parade Grounds
PERSEID METEOR WATCH- as the sky darkens, we will join Joel Kimball, Professor at the South Dakota School of Mining and Technology to view the Perseid Meteor along with the stars, planets, galaxies and more via high powered telescopes.

Sunday 8/10, 10:00pm on the Parade Grounds
PERSEID METEOR WATCH- George Schafer, Fort Wilkins Ranger, will give a short program. Bring your sleeping bag and watch the show.

Monday 8/11, 7:00pm leaving from the West Host Site # 120
Wild Berries and Jam- Join Barb Koski, Retired Extension Home Economist, for a short walk to locate different wild berries in the park, ending up at the little Park area between site Site 137 and 142 on Lake Fanny Hooe, to make Thimbleberry Jam over an open fire.

Wednesday 8/13, 7:00pm on the Porch near the East Mess Hall
1,900 Lives- Larry Lankton, Michigan Tech Professor of History and Author of Beyond the Boundaries and Cradle to Grave will speak about the Human Cost of Mining Copper.

Thursday, 8/14, 7:00pm at the Picnic Shelter
Recap of the Historical Winter of 2013 – 2014- Join Meteorologist, Matt Zika, with the National Weather Service and hear all the records we broke this past winter and how it’s affecting our weather today.

Friday, 8/15, 7:00pm at the Picnic Shelter
Natural Wonders of the Keweenaw- Charlie Eshbach, Author and Nature Tour Guide, will speak at the Picnic Shelter

Saturday, 8/16, 10:00 pm on the parade grounds, weather permitting.
Star Gazing- As the sky darkens, we will join Joel Kimball, Professor at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, to view stars, planets, galaxies and more via high powered telescopes.

Wednesday, 8/20, 7:00pm at the Picnic Shelter
The Geo-heritage of the Keweenaw- Take a tour with Karl Larson, Ranger with the National Park Service, from a billion years ago to the present as told by rocks of the Keweenaw.

Thursday, 8/21, 7:00pm
Rocking Cradle, Tending Graves, Creating Community- Discover a woman’s role in the early 1900’s with Jean Ellis of the Keweenaw Heritage Center.

SEPTEMBER
SPECIAL EVENT-
Saturday 9/20, 10:00am at the Picnic Shelter
Geocaching and Fall Spoo-tacular- Spooky things are going on at the Fort this year. Decorated Campsites, Trick or Treating for the children. Maybe a few Ghouls in the Fort. As well as our yearly Geocaching Event. Following the event there will be a bonfire with hot dogs and snacks provided at 4:00 PM. For more information telephone the Fort Wilkins Historic State Park at (906) 289-4215.

 

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