About This Lesson
This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places nomination files for the "Quincy Mining Company Historic District" (with photos) and the archives of Keweenaw National Historic Park and Michigan Technological University, Library of Congress, and Ted Holstrom’s private collection. The lesson was written by Ted Holmstrom, a teacher and resident of the former mining district, for Keweenaw National Historical Park in collaboration with the Copper Country Intermediate School District. It was edited by the Teaching with Historic Places staff in collaboration with Kathleen Harter, Chief of Interpretation & Education at Keweenaw National Historical Park. This lesson is one in a series that brings the important stories of historic places into classrooms across the country.
Where it fits into the curriculum
Topics: This lesson can be used in American history units on the Industrial Revolution and Immigration in the late 19th century and the early 20th century.
Time Period: Late 19th century and early 20th century
Relevant United States History Standards for Grades 5-12
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Objectives for students
1) To explain the importance of copper mining to U.S. and Michigan history;
2) To compare and contrast the nationalities of various workers in the mining industry and to highlight patterns that placed certain groups of people in particular jobs;
3) To explain the role paternalism played in the mining community and debate its merits;
4) To describe the dangers of working at a mine;
5) To identify and describe another historic mining community in the United States.
Materials for students
The materials listed below can be used directly on the computer or can be printed out, photocopied, and distributed to students. The maps and images appear twice: in a smaller, low-resolution version with associated questions and alone in a larger version.
1) three maps of the Lake Superior Copper Region and the Quincy Mine Location;
2) four readings about the history of the Quincy Mining Company, the production of copper, the ethnic background of mine workers, and the conflict between employers and employees in the Copper Strike of 1913-14;
3) five photos: two of miners at work, one of the funeral parade for the Italian Hall Disaster, and two of Quincy Mining Company housing;
4) one illustration of the No. 2 Shaft-Rockhouse.
Visiting the site
For more information via the National Park Service, call 906-483-3176; write to: Keweenaw National Historical Park, 25970 Red Jacket Road, Calumet, MI 49913; or visit the Keweenaw National Historical Park website.
The Quincy Mining Company Historic District is a resource within the Keweenaw National Historical Park. The historic site is operated by the Quincy Mine Hoist Association, a partner organization. The site is open to the public daily 9:30am-5:00pm in the summer and open for limited hours during spring/fall. For more visitor information, contact Keweenaw Heritage Sites by phone at 906-337-3168 or by email at info@KeweenawHeritageSites.org.