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All of the KCHS Museums are closed for the 2013 season. Thank you very much for visiting our sites. We have left the 2013 material on our web site so that you may see the scope of our offerings. We will post the 2014 schedule of activities and hours in the spring of 2014.

Visit our
Publications Page for our newest publication which describes the various type of rescue craft used at the Eagle harbor Life-Saving Station.

Check the Sites and Museum Schedule page for hours and locations for all 11 KCHS museums for the past 2013 season.

The past 2013 schedule for the Adventures in History Series is still posted to show you the type of programs we offer.

Check this column for current news concerning the Keweenaw County Historical Society.

Eagle Harbor in winter
While all of our sites are closed to visitors winter has visited all of our sites.
Click this link to see a page of photos of how our sites looked on March 3, 2014.

the History of Keweenaw county, Michigan


Do you recognize these Keweenaw History photos? See 'Photo Notes' near the bottom of the screen for the key.


Keweenaw County is Michigan's northernmost county, and its smallest (in population). The county comprises the upper half of the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula, that beckoning finger of land that sticks out into Lake Superior.

It is a region rich in history as well as natural beauty. Copper mining is a major historical theme, but commercial fishing, lumbering, maritime and life-saving history, and various ethnic stories are notable, too.

The Keweenaw County Historical Society, established in 1981, is a group of volunteers who work hard and take pleasure in commemorating and sharing that history.

Our Mission

To discover, document and disseminate the history of Keweenaw County through research, historical property preservation and restoration, development and maintenance of historical museums and archival collections, the production and publication of historical focused media and the conduct of historical education programs and events.

See the Site Calendar page for the hours for our museum sites which are typically open from Mid-May or Mid-June until October. Check out our publications page. Visit this web site for frequent updates about the activities sponsored by the KCHS. Maybe you'd like to become a member and receive our award-winning quarterly newsletter, "The Superior Signal." Welcome!

About this site: - This site does use Javascript for the navigation bar and some Flash is used for animation, etc. Use this page to explore our sites and museums without using Javascript.

The picture in our Web banner is of the Eagle Harbor Light Station, on the shore of Lake Superior. This property is owned by the Keweenaw County Historical Society and is the site of its major museums. The lighthouse was built in 1871 and the light is still operated by the Coast Guard. The white building with red roof to the right was the fog signal building and now houses a maritime museum. The other two buildings were assistant light keepers' dwellings. The white building now houses a commercial fishing museum and the Society archives, and the brown building is available to Society members in the summer as a holiday cottage.

Pronounce Keweenaw: KEY-win-awe

Photo Notes: The color image of the Eagle Harbor Light House on the page banner was taken by Larry Molloy who is also the webmaster for this site. Unless otherwise noted all 'current' images on the site were taken by Jack Marta or Larry Molloy. The composite images on this page are from the KCHS photo archives and are, in clockwise sequence: The Eagle Harbor Lighthouse; the dedication of the Douglass Houghton Monument in Eagle River, Oct. 10, 1914; the old stamp mill at the Cliff Mine; a view of Phoenix showing the church (which still stands) and the long demolished Phoenix school.

Copyright: All content of this web site, including text, photos, maps, drawings, etc., are copyright © 2010-2020 The Keweenaw County Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Planning your visit

Where is Keweenaw County - Keweenaw County is at the tip of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula.

Michigan Map According to Google Maps, Eagle River, the county seat is:
574 miles from Detroit
443 miles from Chicago
369 miles from Minneapolis

Need a map? The KCHS web site uses Google Maps to help visitors locate our sites and museums. For example the map below points to the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse Complex. Use Google Maps to find the site, get a list of directions, etc. You may wish to use the 'Larger Map' view. If you do then use your browser's 'BACK' button to return to the KCHS page. See this page for the Google Maps User's Guide for help with Google Maps.


Related Links - You may wish to explore the following sites for additional information on the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse.
Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce

Keweenaw National Historical Park

MTU Archives and Copper Country Historical Collection

Pasty Central