The Keweenw History Museum

The Keweenaw History Museum has
a wide variety of exhibits.

ANNOUNCEMENTS -- 8-31-2015 Loom Workshop at the Historic School in Gay: During the Depression people in the copper mill town of Gay, Michigan, formed a company named Gay Industries to use local looms to weave rugs and other items for sale.The KCHS is happy to have a loom room in our school museum in Gay and to offer our first Loom Workshop. It will be held on Saturday, Sept 5, 2015 from 1 - 4 PM. Eunice Kowalski will be the instructor. Bring cloth (old sheets or similar material) to be cut into strips. They hope to have a rug or item ready to be auctioned off at the KCHS Annual Dinner on 9/20/2015. Please contact Dick at 906-337-1719 to register in advance (required) for the workshop or for additional information.
6-13-2015- Docents Wanted: Do you like to talk to visitors? Do you want to tell your friends all about the time you spend at your own personal lighthouse? If so the KCHS needs you to become a docent at our lighthouse this summer. These are volunteer, part time positions designed to meet your busy schedule. Training and materials are provided. Please contact Ginny Schubert at 906-289-4607 for additional information.
5-20-2015 - The Adventures In History brochure that was mailed with the recent Superior Signal had the wrong date for the Neil Woodward concert. The concert will be held on September 16, not August 16. The website has the correct date.
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Copper Ingots

Once the copper ore was mined, milled,
and smelted it was poured into ingots
such as these found in the Keweenaw
History Museum

The history of the Keweenaw is a complex mixture of mining, shipping, tourism, and the struggles of every day life on America's early 'Western" frontier. The Keweenaw History museum contains displays that look at each of these areas. The Eagle Harbor exhibit shows photographs of the development of Eagle Harbor from a mining then lumber community to an early tourist destination. The history of mining is displayed through photographs and artifacts that trace the 6,000 year old history of mining in the Keweenaw. The wreck of the S. S. Bangor in 1926 near Copper Harbor and its load of Chrysler automobiles is examined in detail. Life in the Keweenaw is shown through photos, art works, and even an early Copper County automobile.

Chrysler car

The museum has a large exhibit
detailing the wreck of the S.S. Bangor
and the rescue of Chrysler cars similar
to this one.

The Keweenaw County Historical Keweenaw History Museum is located on the grounds of the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse complex in Eagle Harbor, Michigan. It is located in the old Coast Guard garage building on the site.

Since 1982 the Keweenaw County Historical Society has maintained four museums at the light station. Besides the lighthouse, they include a Maritime Museum in the old fog signal building, a Keweenaw History Museum located in the old U. S. Coast Guard Station garage, and Commercial Fishing Museum located in one of the assistant keepers buildings.

Planning your visit

Hours & Admission -The Keweenaw History Museum and the Eagle Harbor lighthouse are open from mid-June to early October. Admission $5.00. Children free.

Location - The Keweenaw History Museum is located in the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse Complex, located on Lighthouse Drive. GPS: N 47 27.560 W 88 09.600, Decimal Degrees: 47.459330, -88.160000

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Related Links - You may wish to explore the following sites for additional information on the history of the Keweenaw.

Keweenaw National Historical park site

A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum

Michigan Tech Archives & Copper Country Historical Collections

Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau

NOTE: The State of Michigan has E.W. Courter's 144 page complete Keweenaw history, 'Michigan's Copper Country' on the web as a PDF.