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A KCHS tour on the cliffs near the Cliff Mine

Neil Woodward

A proud Keweenaw
National Historical
Park Heritage Site

Announcements: All of the Keweenaw County Historical Museums will begin reopening on June 11, 2017 for the summer season. See the Site and Museum Schedule page for the exact time and dates for specific museums.
We have also posted a complete calendar of events for our summer season on our Calendar of Events page as well as a summary of our Adventures in History programs on the Adventures in History page.

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Adventures in History
KCHS Educational Programs and Outreach - 2017

(Registrations for the Adventures in History will not be accepted until late May. The exact date will be published on this website and on Facebook.)

June 29 Wreck of the City of Bangor (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
June 28-29 Beginner's Rag Rug Workshop (Fee  $12 -$10 Members)
July 11 Keweenaw Time Traveler (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
July 25 I Worked in a Copper Mine (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
August 8 Missing In The Copper Country(Fee $6 -$5 Members)
August 19 Music of Keweenaw's Past (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
September 13 Neil Woodward in Concert (FREE)
September 23 Cider Making at Central (Fee $6 -$5 Members, Hot pasty lunch, $6.00 extra)


Wednesday Evening, June 28
She’s Not As Shiny As She Used To Be: The Shipwreck Story of the City of Bangor
Mark F. Rowe, Maritime Historian

Join Mark as he tells the story of the 1926, shipwreck “City of Bangor” that was carrying a cargo of 230 new Chrysler and Whippet automobiles to an auto dealer in Duluth, MN.  Mark’s story is depicted through historical photos of the hardships the shipwrecked crew endured until their rescue by the U.S. Coast Guard on the north shore of the Keweenaw. The story also covers the salvage efforts that spanned over ten years on the shore east of Copper Harbor.
Wednesday, June 28, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Copper Harbor Community Building
Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members)

Wednesday June 28-Thursday, June 29
A Woven Rag Rug Workshop for Beginners
Susan Brown, Weaver and Owner of Not Just Rugs

During the Depression when many mines closed, the people of Gay, Michigan turned their local craft of weaving rag rugs into a business known as Gay Industries. The KCHS has several of the original looms as part of its loom collection. This beginner’s workshop will start with selecting old clothing, sheets, etc. for use in weaving, and then use the restored two-harness looms to create a completed place mat. This two-day event has a very limited enrollment of six so that each participant has his or her own loom to use for the workshop. Participants should bring a snack lunch each day. Drinks and light snacks will be provided. (Note: registration opens with the release date of the May Superior Signal. We will publish the date here once it is confirmed.)
Wed. & Thurs., June 28-29, 9:00AM -4:00 PM
Historic Gay School Museum, Gay Mich.
Fee:$12.00 ($10 KCHS members)

Tuesday Evening, July 11
Map Your History with the Keweenaw Time Traveler
Don Lafreniere and Sarah Fayen Scarlett, Michigan Tech, Social Sciences

The Keweenaw Time Traveler is an online interactive historical atlas that is changing the way we learn about, share, and explore the history of Michigan’s Copper Country. Join us to learn how you can compare old maps (many from the Keweenaw County Historical Society!) with current landscapes. Learn how you can contribute your own memories, knowledge, and photos of favorite locations throughout the Keweenaw and share with Copper Country enthusiasts around the country. Plus, become a Citizen Historian and help transcribe maps and historic records to make the Keweenaw Time Traveler even better.
Tuesday, July 11, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Eagle Harbor Community Building
Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members)


Tuesday Evening, July 25
I worked underground at a Michigan Copper Mine
Jim Huovinen, Historian

Have you ever wondered what it was like to work underground in a Copper Country mine? The Calumet & Hecla Mining Company would hire college students as temporary summer laborers for various positions underground. Descend in the man car underground to 64 level with Jim and experience what occurred on his first shift at the Osceola #6 copper mine in June 1965.
Tuesday, July 25, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Eagle Harbor Community Building
Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members)


Tuesday Evening, August 8
Missing In The Copper Country

Lynette Webber, Keweenaw National Historical Park

While some of the built history of the Keweenaw Peninsula is easy to spot roadside, the landscape familiar to residents during the copper boom has changed. Join Lynette as she presents the 2016 National Freeman Tilden Award project "Missing in the Copper Country." This project integrates the current landscape with scenes from the past using image modification technology, transporting viewers back in time to the boom years by blending old photographs and new technology. This multi-faceted program involved youth programming, co-creation, original research and social media. Several Keweenaw County images will premier during this Adventures in History program.
Tuesday Aug. 8, 7:00 PM  - 9:00 PM
Eagle Harbor Community Building
Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members)

Saturday Afternoon, August 19
Music of Keweenaw’s Historic Past
Susan Byykkonen, well known local pianist and accompanist

Audiences were delighted by Susan’s performance last year and asked for more.  In response to that request we have scheduled a concert Saturday August 19th at 2:00 p.m.  Susan will again be performing period music on the Restored 1852 W.P. Emerson Square Grand Piano.  Come join us as we step back in time.  The concert will be held at the Eagle River Museum in Eagle River.
Saturday, August 19, 2:00-4:00 PM
Eagle River Museum
Fee: $6.00 ($5 KCHS members)



Wednesday, September 13
Neil Woodward in Concert
Neil Woodward, Michigan’s Troubadour

Neil Woodward

Neil Woodward,
Michigan's Troubadour

Come and enjoy an evening of music by Michigan’s Troubadour.  Hear old songs, new songs, songs of the Keweenaw and elsewhere played on a variety of instruments.  Enjoy an ice cream social hosted by George and Brenda Nousiainen.


Wednesday, Evening, September 13, 7:00 PM – 9:00: PM
Copper Harbor Community Building , Copper Harbor , FREE: Donations Appreciated



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Saturday, September 23
Cider Making at Central
Tom Hall, Ron Lahti, Pat Ryan

Come and make cider from the heritage apples at Central. Pick your apples ahead of time and bring them to the event, or bring baskets to pick the apples at Central. Bring containers for the cider. Come at any time and enjoy the delicious taste of fresh cider. Bring a lunch or sign up for a hot pasty lunch. Wear sturdy walking shoes.
Saturday, Sept. 23, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
U.S 41 at Central Mine - at House 10 at Central Mine, up Central Road on the right side
(Fee $6 -$5 Members, Hot pasty lunch, $6.00 extra)


Click here for a PDF of the complete Adventures In History brochure, including a registration form which can be mailed to:

Keweenaw County Historical Society, 670 Lighthouse Road Eagle Harbor, Mohawk, MI 49950(The brochure is not available until the May issue of The Superior Signal is released.)


Help preserve the Keweenaw's Heritage. Join the Keweenaw County Historical Society founded in 1981. The Society owns and maintains the Lighthouse Complex, the Rathbone School and the Life Saving Station in Eagle Harbor; the Eagle River Museum; the Bammert Blacksmith Shop and the Church of the Assumption in Phoenix; the school house at Gay; and Central Mine location with a Visitor Center, museums, and walking trails. Membership benefits include free admission to all sites, reduced rates for Outreach Programs, and free issues of our award winning quarterly publication, The Superior Signal.