The Rathbone school

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

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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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