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The Rathbone school

The Rathbone School and Museum
is located in the center of Eagle Harbor.

ANNOUNCEMENTS --Plan Now- July 26, Eagle Harbor Lifesving Museum Open House - Tour the station, see unique boats and equipment, see the rare Life-Saving Gold Medal donated last year, and learn about the Life-Savers and their descendants. There wil be a book signing 12-2 by John Kotzian, Author, Sky Pilot of the Great Lakes. Light refreshments. Details
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Even though the school had closed the
building was still a tour stop for many
groups including this group from the
Knights of Pythias .

Located in Eagle Harbor, two blocks west of the harbor's swimming beach, this extensively restored one-room school served the community from 1853 to 1872. It was in this building that Justus H. Rathbone, who began teaching here in 1860, conceived the idea for the ritual of the Knights of Pythias, a secret fraternal society which he founded. This interdenominational organization, which had a peak membership of a quarter-million, continues to conduct its charitable work across North America.

The school has long been an object of pilgrimage by society members. In 1931, a thousand members gathered to pay homage to their society's founder and to witness the unveiling of the nearby granite monument in honor of Justus Rathbone.

The historic property was deeded by the society to Keweenaw County Historical Society in 1982. Its interior is furnished as it was in its time as a school and includes Knights of Pythias exhibits.

Donation requested.

 

Planning your visit

Hours & Admission - The Rathbone school and museum is open mid-June to early October. There is no admission charge for this museum.

Location -The Rathbone School is located at the intersection of 3rd and Center streets in the town of Eagle Harbor, Michigan. GPS: N 47 27.441  W 88 09.761, Decimal Degrees: 47.45735, -88.16268

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Related Links - You may wish to explore the following web sites for additional information on the Rathbone School and the Knights of Pythias.

The Knights of Pythias

Wikipedia - Eagle Harbor School House