HANCOCK — The Quincy Mine Hoist Association (QMHA) hopes to raise $2,000 to help with the purchase of the Quincy Smelter site on the Portage Canal by lighting the #2 shafthouse at the Quincy Mine.
The association is donating half of all shafthouse lighting dedication donations to the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission for the purchase of the smelter site. The donation period for the Light ‘er UP project ends on Thanksgiving 2014. There have been more than 20 dedications since last Thanksgiving.
Saturday night, the shafthouse was lit in honor of Bill Rose by his wife Nanno.
On the association’s website the family wrote, “Our children were born here and now we have five grandchildren to celebrate also. We have proud geological roots here. We think the shaft should be bright on our birthdays and this would be a good way to support geoheritage and the QMHA. We hope other local families will consider doing this.”
They are looking for a minimum donation of $50 for a dedication lighting. Go to www.quincymine.com for more information.
The final tour of the Quincy Smelter site will be Saturday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tours by the Quincy Smelter Association last about an hour. Five tours were held this year.