A KCHS tour on the cliffs near the Cliff Mine
Christmas at the Phoenix Church, taken in 2016. Photo courtesy of Scott Wendt.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the KCHS to you and yours.
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Announcements: All of the Keweenaw County Historical Museums are now closed for the season. We thank all of you for visiting our sites and taking part in our activities this summer. We look forward to seeing you next spring. In the meantime we'll be busy this winter changing exhibits, designing building updates, and planning another summer of activities that support the history of Keweenaw County.
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|July 7||Keweenaw Townships (Fee $6 -$5 Members)|
|July 19||Copper Cargo (Fee $6 -$5 Members)|
|July 26||Estivant Pines (Fee Talk-$6 -$5 Members, Tour $12, Pasty $6)|
|August 10||Cliff Mine Revisited (Fee $6 -$5 Members)|
|August 16||K.B.I.C - Past and Present (Fee $6 -$5 Members)|
|August 24||Life on the Great Lakes (Fee $6 -$5 Members)|
|September 14||Neil Woodward in Concert (FREE)|
|September 26||Cider Making at Central (Fee $6 -$5 Members, Hot pasty lunch, $6.00 extra)|
Throughout its history political and economic forces have formed and reformed the shape of township boundaries in Keweenaw County, which includes Isle Royale. Townships were formed, abandoned, reformed and later re-abandoned. Genealogists and historians find themselves asking where exactly was that township when today’s map shows only five townships and even those boundaries have changed. Join Larry as we explore land boundaries in the Keweenaw from its first inhabitants through today to see how and why township history and boundaries changed.
Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Eagle Harbor Community Building (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
Masses, and Barrels of Native, Stamped and Kiln Copper were transported from our local mines to Detroit and New York. What ships carried the copper? How much did they carry? What historical events occurred with the ships? What ship carried which mine's copper for use in the Washington Monument? Did any ships go aground or sink? Using data from Keweenaw County mines and from the docks at Eagle River and Eagle Harbor, Barb will discuss how Keweenaw Copper was shipped for processing.
NOTE: There will also be an open house at the Eagle Harbor Life-Saving Station from 10 AM until 7 PM on the 19th
Tuesday 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Eagle Harbor Community Building (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
In the late 1960's a movement began to save the Estivant Pines, one of the last old-growth stands of white pine, located near Copper Harbor. Charles Eshbach will provide the morning talk about the Pines, why they are important, and how they were preserved. An optional walking tour of the Pines will be held from 1-3 PM. Due to limited space on the tour a second tour may be available from 3:30 to 5:30. You must reserve the tour in advance. A Pasty lunch will also be available.
Tuesday, July 26, Talk: 10:00 AM – Noon Optional Tour 1-3 (3:30-5:30)
Copper Harbor Community Building
Fee: Talk $6.00 ($5 KCHS members), Tour $12, Pasty $6
In the first (1974) edition of Donald Chaput’s The Cliff, the book ended with the line, "The Cliff is dead.” The updated (2015) edition of The Cliff acknowledges that while that death was certain, it was by no means sudden. Join Sean as he discusses the importance of the Cliff’s protracted decline within a larger context of Copper Country development in the twentieth century, and how the now abandoned site endures today as a living landscape
Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 PM
Phoenix Church. (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Baraga, Michigan has a long and interesting history. It is also active in preserving their local culture and traditions. Join Susan J. LaFernier, Tribal Council Secretary and others as they discuss the history of their Tribe, the 1936 Constitution and By-Laws, and their local Pow-wow. They will also offer a demonstration of how to prepare traditional Indian fry bread.
Tuesday, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Eagle Harbor Community Building. (Fee $6 -$5 Members)
Join retired Capt. Metz to hear about some of the ships he sailed on during his career. He'll talk about some of the memorable storms he experienced on Lake Superior, and he'll include a description of the different duties of the crew.Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 PM
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 16, 7:00 PM – 9:00: PM
Copper Harbor Community Building , Copper Harbor , FREE: Donations Appreciated
Come and make cider from the heritage apples at Central. Pick your apples ahead of time 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, 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
House 10 at Central Mine, up Central Road on the Right, U.S 41 at Central (Fee $6 -$5 Members, Hot pasty lunch, $6.00 extra)
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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.