The Keweenaw History Museum has
a wide variety of exhibits.
ANNOUNCEMENTS - 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.
6-13-2015 Two of our speakers for our Adventures in History series, Bill Rose and Erika Vye of MTU, are offering 4 different one day tours in a series called “Keweenaw Rocks: Exploring History By Land And Water.” See their website http://www.geo.mtu.edu/KeweenawGeoheritage/KeweenawGeoheritage/Geotours.html for details or click here for a printable flyer.
6-5-2015 - The Adventures In History program, Historic Roads - Brockway Mountain Drive and Lakeshore Drive, scheduled for July 14, is full. It was listed as having limited enrollment and we’ve reached the limit. We will refund all enrollment fees we’ve received for registrations after the limit was reached. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.
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.
5-18-2015-Due to work on the roof of the Life-Saving Museum at Eagle Harbor the museum is closed until furthur notice. It may take 1-2 months to complete the work. The revised opening date will be posted on the website and on Facebook when available.
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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.
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.
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.
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.