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Caretakers of the past, stewards of the future.

Bammert Blacksmith Shop
Central
Eagle Harbor Lighthouse
Eagle River Museum
Commercial Fishing Museum
Historic School at Gay Museum
Keweenaw History Museum
Eagle Harbor Lifesaving Station
Maritime Museum
Phoenix Church
Rathbone School

The Keweenaw County Historical Society is a group of volunteers who work hard to preserve and share 11 historic sites in one of the most historically rich counties of Northern Michigan.

History in a uniquely pure Michigan setting

Keweenaw County is Michigan's northernmost county (and its smallest in population). It comprises the upper half of the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula, a beckoning finger of land that stands out on any map of Lake Superior.

It is a region rich in history as well as natural beauty. Copper mining is a major historical theme, but commercial fishing, lumbering, maritime and life-saving history, and various ethnic stories are notable, too.

Out of the way?

We are not on the way to anywhere. We are isolated by our geography, always have been. This is what makes us unique.
But far from being a dead end, the loop through Keweenaw County consists of a National Scenic Byway populated with national, state and township parks, waterfalls, Museums,  lighthouses and Lake Superior vistas. We are a destination unto ourselves and well worth the trip.

Eagle River, the county seat of Keweenaw County is:

  • 574 miles from Detroit
  • 443 miles from Chicago
  • 369 miles from Minneapolis

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NEWS

SEASON ENDING
The Gift Shop in the Maritime Museum of the Eagle Harbor Light Station Complex will be closing on September 18th.  The KCHS museum sites will be closing on the second weekend of October.   Please see the site and rental webpages for specific dates and operation information.

NEW WEBSITE
You may have noticed that our website has a new look. It also has a lot more function for our members. Please log into your profile and make any updates needed to help us keep you informed. You can also renew your membership here!

COVID POLICY
The Keweenaw County Historical Society’s Board of Directors will follow the COVID-19 Epidemic Orders issued by the State of Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services.  These public health orders are updated as needed, so KCHS may need to change access to buildings and events.

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