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ANNOUNCEMENTS

The new Eagle River Museum is now open from 12-4, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday through October 13.

Coming Soon: A Mass commemorating the life of Clarence Monette will be held at The Phoenix Church, Sunday Sept. 8, at 1:30 P.M.

Coming Soon: A Concert by Michigan's State Troubadour Neil Woodard, at Copper Harbor, Sept. 11 at 7:00 PM. See the Adventures in History page for details.

Coming Soon: The KCHS Annual Dinner, Sunday, Sept 22 at 5:00 PM. See our KCHS Dinner page for details. RSVP Ginny Vairus at (906) 337-4899 or jvairus@charter.net by Sept 17, 2013. Seating is limited

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.

The 2013 schedule for the Adventures in History Series is now available.

Visit the KCHS News page to keep track of KCHS activities and achievements.

The Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's Church,          Fifth & Scott Streets, Calumet, offers a new exhibit: "DISCOVER A WOMAN’S PLACE  IN CALUMET, 1910-1914" .

Over 2,000 people attended the Keweenaw County Sesquicentennial Parade in Mohawk on July 24, 2010. Click this link to see a sample of some of the images from the parade.

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


The Eagle Harbor Lighthouse Complex and Museum

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For over 150 years a lighthouse has guided ships safely into Eagle Harbor.

Keweenaw History Museum

A Fourth Order Fresnel Lens, similar to the one originally installed in the tower, is on display in the lighthouse.

The copper mining industry got going on the Keweenaw Peninsula in the 1840s. Lake Superior's unreliable disposition meant that passing ships needed navigational assistance, and in 1851 the original lighthouse was built. The wooden tower which supported a fourth-order Fresnel lens illuminated by a sperm oil lamp soon deteriorated, and in 1871 it was replaced by the present red brick structure. In 1895 a fog signal was added.

In 1968, the original lens was replaced by aviation beacon-type white and red lights, which beam their warning to ships more than 20 miles offshore. After being tended by 21 keepers over a 129-year history, the lighthouse became automated in 1980.

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.

In 1999, Congress transferred ownership of the Eagle Harbor Light Station to the Keweenaw County Historical Society. The U.S. Coast Guard continues to operate the light at the top of the tower.
Donation requested.

Copper Ingots

KCHS Volunteers are available for guided tours of the lighthouse.

 

Planning your visit

Hours & Admission -The Eagle Harbor Lighthouse and museum complex is open from mid-June to early October. Admission $5.00. Children free.

Location - The Eagle Harbor Lighthouse Complex is located on Lighthouse Drive, not far from the swimming beach along M26 in Eagle Harbor. GPS: N 47 27.582 W 88 09.558, Decimal Degrees: 47.459705, -88.159300

Need a map? Feel free to use this Google Map to find the site, get a list of directions, etc. You may wish to use the 'Larger Map' view.

 

Related Links - You may wish to explore the following sites for additional information additional information about the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse.

Terry Pepper's lighthouse site

Exploring the North

U.S. Coast Guard Historic Light Station site