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Preserving history: Quincy Mine Hoist receives $11,500 in grants

September 1, 2010
By KURT HAUGLIE Houghton Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - The mission of the Quincy Mine Hoist Association is to preserve and interpret the activities of the mine, and three grants totalling $11,500 recently received by the organization should help with that mission.

Glenda Bierman, QMHA manager, said this was the second time the board of directors applied for the Heritage Grants. Last year, the organization received $1,000 to begin the process of displaying panels of photographs to tell the story of the Quincy Mine.

This is the third year for the Keweenaw National Historical Park Heritage Grant program. This year, the KNHP Advisory Commission provided its own grants, also. All grants require a one-to-one match from grant recipients.

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The Quincy Mine Hoist Association recently received three Keweenaw National Historical Park Heritage Grants for projects, including plans to determine what is needed to maintain the 1918 hoist house on the property. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo by Kurt Hauglie)

Bierman said the second phase of 10 to 12 interpretive photographs is one of the projects funded from the current KNHP $1,500 grant.

The photographs, which will be about 8-feet-by-4-feet in size and displayed in the facility's 1894 hoist house, are meant to be all-inclusive, Bierman said.

"The whole project is to take our visitors from blasting a shaft to smelting," she said.

With the receipt of the grant, Bierman said work on the photograph display will continue during the off-season.

"We will be doing the research and layout for the smelter," she said.

In 1945, Bierman said the mining company stopped mining and began reclaiming copper from tailings piles, and research will be done on the company's reclamation plant for the photographic display.

It will be a while before the photographs are ready, however, Bierman said.

"We hope to have those up for next season," she said.

Bierman said the QMHA received a $5,000 grant to develop plans to restore the 1918 hoist house at the site. The building houses what was the world's largest steam hoist used to remove material from the mine.

"It's in very good condition and we want to keep it that way," she said. "We want to look into making sure it's preserved for many generations to come."

Bierman said the grant money will be used to determine what work should be done at the building, and then develop plans to do the work.

The third project, for which a $5,000 grant was also received, is upgrading lighting in the adit, which is the entrance to the mine shaft, Bierman said.

"There are sections that aren't lit very well, and we want to take care of that," she said.

Bierman said the QMHA will continue to apply for Heritage Grants as long as they're available, because as a nonprofit entity funding is always an issue.

"Preservation and restoration are quite costly," she said. "Everything we do is toward our mission of preserving and interpreting the Quincy Mine."



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