National park service recognizes employee

By KURT HAUGLIE

Houghton Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET — For Lynette Webber, helping people remember the copper mining era is an important part of her job at the Keweenaw National Historical Park, and for her efforts she recently received an award from the National Park Service.

Webber, a KNHP ranger, received the NPS 2016 Freeman Tilden Award, which is given to NPS employees recognizing the work they do for interpretation of park properties.

The award’s namesake wrote an influential book titled “Interpreting Our Heritage,” which is considered the definitive text for the discipline.

Webber said she received the award for her work Missing in the Copper Country, which is a multimedia project about buildings and other sites which no longer exist in the Copper Country. It uses photographs of former buildings and sites and overlays them with current structures or empty lots.

She started her employment with the NPS at KNHP in 2013. In 2010, she worked as a volunteer for Old Victoria, which is a partially restored community from the copper mining era in Rockland.

Webber said she appreciates receiving the award because she thinks it will bring more attention the KNHP.

“We aren’t very well known,” she said. “For me, the award means we’re doing something right.”

She thinks the award also partly belongs to other park employees, and the people operating the park’s Heritage Sites, with whom she works.